Making The Best #99wordstories

This week’s #99wordstories from the carrot ranch is

August 22, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story exploring shame as an emotion or theme. Consider how to use shame to drive a cause-and-effect story. How does it impact a character? Is there a change? Go where the prompt leads!

Making The Best

Anthony ‘Tone’ Deaffe lived with his shame. He barely left home, so embarrassed was he. When Annabelle Ringer, seeking new members for the Little Tittweaking gleeclub, called round, Tone nearly didn’t answer. However, before he opened the door, she knew his secret. ‘Oh!’ squealed Belle, ‘what balls.’

Belle knew – she’d suffered her own despair, having a whistling vagina since puberty. She studied musical genitalia at Cambridge and consoled Tone that his tinkling testicles weren’t unique. Freed of shame, they formed a duet, playing ballsy versions of film scores, being especially popular at bar mitzvahs and S&M recovery parties.

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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18 Responses to Making The Best #99wordstories

  1. George says:

    Didn’t they have a Christmas single with Jingle Balls and perform the soundtrack to Whistle Down The Minge?


  2. Pam Lazos says:

    Ah, the stuff you think of, Geoff. 😂


  3. Ha! I’m no good at all with these set-number-of-words challenges. You out did yourself this time, Geoff. This one slays me. Hugs on the wing.

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  4. Excellent Geoff. Do these two take requests?


  5. I dare not comment!

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  6. Well, I was pleased to spot an (almost) namesake – and then I read on …

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    Nearly choked laughing….note to self “Don’t read your posts with coffee any more!!

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  8. Norah says:

    Your imagination never ceases to amaze.

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