Voting Intentions #99wordstories #carrotranch

This week’s carrot ranch #99wordstories’ prompt is

November 7, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes something squeaky. What is squeaky and why? How does it move the story or disrupt a character? Listen, write, and go where the prompt leads!

Voting Intentions

This year Little Tittweaking’s election to the Parish Council was mired in scandal. Local bylaws required the decision to be through the ancient ritual of pork barrel politicking, which involved the returning officer standing on an ale cask and calling ‘Pigs For’ or ‘Porks Against’. Supporters and detractors made appropriate porcine sounds, the volumes were measured and the winner anointed with the first pint. Harmony ended when Italian fashionista, Cosmo Politan brought his pigs to add decibels to his candidature. Protestors demanded the returning officer hold a re-squeak, a campaign dubbed in the local press as ‘Stop the Squeal’.

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 Voting Intentions #99wordstories #carrotranch

  1. Politics would be much more exciting if we adopted this process! All those in favour raise their trotters!

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  2. Sadje says:

    Haha! You’ve a wonderful imagination Frank.

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    “This year Little Tittweaking’s election to the Parish Council was mired in scandal. ”
    Tell me Geoff when was it not mired in scandal ?

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  4. I think you “Animal Farmed” both sides of the Atlantic politics, Geoff. Well done.

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  5. L.K. Latham says:

    YEs, elections feel like that sometimes.

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  6. JT Twissel says:

    Some of our politicians here in the US do not deserve the honorific of “swine.” No self respecting sow would share her sty with the likes of many of them. Cute tale though!

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  7. tootlepedal says:

    So many targets hit in such a brief piece . . . you should give lessons to our ruling classes.


  8. You’re quite the ham. Although this curly tale is so true to life it’s not funny. But the puns are.

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