Waiting For The Second Boot To Drop #99wordstories #carrotranch

This week’s #99wordstories prompt is

November 21, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “Oh, my.” It can be used in storytelling or dialog. What is the cause for such a response? Have fun with this one! Go where the prompt leads!

The Second Boot’s name arose from an incident at a lecture by Little Tittweaking’s grammarian, S Mug B’stard. He had finished his diatribe on the correct use of ‘but’ as a vibrant disjunctive and the comma as a passive-aggressive separator and just begun his finale, ‘Dangling Participles and The Rise of Communism’, when an audience member challenged his inapt application of a gerundive poultice. Stunned, he clutched his chest, muttering ‘Oh My…’

His audience froze. What was he going to say? Lord? Sainted Aunt? Ears and Whiskers? No-one moved. Some petrified into novelty seating. Those who left, remained mute.

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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27 Responses to Waiting For The Second Boot To Drop #99wordstories #carrotranch

  1. I need to know more. I REALLY need to know more!

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  2. Chel Owens says:

    This is why you stay away from gerunds.

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  3. tootlepedal says:

    Would that the optative was more commonly used and that this sort of thing didn’t happen so often.

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  4. V.M.Sang says:

    I admire how you manage to convey so much in so few words, Geoff. Well done for another 99 word epic.

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