Stone Me Crows #99wordstories #carrotranch

This week’s #99wordstories prompt is

June 6, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features stone-stacking. How does the activity fit into a story? Who is involved? What is the tone? Do the stones have special meaning? Go where the prompt leads!

Granite Grumbles And Other Rocky Moments

After WW2 Little Tittweaking’s survival depended on Herb Garden’s emetic gorse-flower cordial and Rocky Outcrop’s bespoke cairns. Returning soldiers had a Hobson’s choice: be perforated picking gorse-flowers or suffer from a condition known as Outcrop Flat finger from building untopplable stone pyramids. Neither business survived. Herb left to become a peripatetic priest, while Outcrop shut his factory after a strike – known locally as the Cairn Mutiny. Questioned what he intended doing with all the left over stone and how he’d make money in future, he told the interviewer not to worry as he planned on making mullions.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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21 Responses to Stone Me Crows #99wordstories #carrotranch

  1. Making mullions is most chortleworthy

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  2. Norah says:

    Oh dear, Geoff. I don’t know how you do it, but you do it every time. Hilarious!

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  3. Is this the same Rocky I knew at school? He always excelled on Sports Day and, I believe, still holds the record for the 50 yard pebble dash.

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  4. Erika says:

    Your fantasy is limitless 😂

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  5. *snaps fingers in respect

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  6. noelleg44 says:

    Jocularity, jocularity! Great one. Probably the stones went into the walls we drove between in Yorkshire!

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    You promised warnings….. You know you did !!

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  8. “the Cairn Mutiny” That was the first one to send me over the edge, Geoff. So funny.

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  9. V.M.Sang says:

    Great, Geoff. Well done for doing it in 99 words.

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