Spectral Change #writephoto

This week’s prompt is

Spectral Change

‘Good morning. Mr Theodolite?’

‘The same. Mr Trigpoint?’

‘That’s me. Fantastical Pest Control. I see your problem. When did the little buggers arrive?’

‘Thursday, after morning dribblets.’

‘Right. Well, if you give me a moment, I’ll get my gubbins.’

‘Of course. How do you take your moments?’

‘Lightly frazzled please. Oh, and a spoonful of hedonism.’

‘Coming up. They are gargoyles, aren’t they?’

‘Yep, you classic European gargoyle. Often mistaken for the British giant corbel. That has a more optimistic aspect. The gargoyle is basically a miserable artefact.’

‘What can you do?’

‘It’s a fairly easy. They shouldn’t be bonded yet so I’ll soak them with diluted reality to bring them to their senses and while their wondering why they’re here I’ll use a pointed stick to bring them back to earth. Do you want to keep them? They grind up into a savoury paste that will add a dash of gritty introspection to a stew or you can add them to concrete to give a patio something to think about.’

‘I think I’ll just dump them. They’re the third fantastical invasion I’ve had in the last month.’

‘Well, I’m afraid they’ll be a lot more, what with the spectral change.’

‘You believe in that?’

‘I’ve seen the evidence. All this fixation with fairies and vampires and pixies and sprites. It just overwhelms your basic physics. Even quantum mechanics begins to make sense after your basement has been rebobined by a group of aromatic trolls. You had trolls yet? They’re becoming a real pest. Though they’re not the worst. You’ll be lucky to mortgage your aunts if anyone reports a family of Silesian grit-spirits has moved in.’

‘Is there an answer?’

‘Well, if you ask me, a little more traditional fiction in the diet and less CGI with your morning toast and we’d all be better off. Now is that my moment?’

‘It is indeed. I used fibrillated adhesives.’

‘No goblin’?’

‘That or you need to masticate when you get home.’

‘Right ho. Now shall we start at the back?’

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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22 Responses to Spectral Change #writephoto

  1. Mick Canning says:

    Ah. My Sunday needed that.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Could you send someone round to help me off the floor please? You’ve excelled yourself here Geoff. Please accept my sincerest contrafibulations!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. willowdot21 says:

    At least they are up there out of the way and not glued to the M40!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Sadje says:

    Haha! Excellent

    Liked by 1 person

  5. tootlepedal says:

    “Well, if you ask me, a little more traditional fiction in the diet and less CGI with your morning toast and we’d all be better off” – couldn’t agree more.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I would really like to see a fibrillated adhesive! If applied quickly, it might have saved the Titanic!

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  8. KL Caley says:

    I loved this, Geoff. Also thoroughly enjoyed the collection of comments. 🙂

    My favourite part: How do you take your moments?’‘Lightly frazzled please.

    Thank you so much for another fantastic #writephoto entry. KL ❤

    Liked by 1 person

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