Primate Deniability #carrotranch #99wordstories

This week’s carrot ranch prompt is

November 28, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the saying, “not my monkeys, not my circus”. What is the situation that would spawn that aphorism? Have fun with setting and characters! Go where the prompt leads!

Primate Deniability (with apologies to Inspector Clouseau)

Gere Stick, visiting Professor of Chaos theory at Little Tittweaking University and part time ringmaster sat in the big top and watched Ali Gator approach. She pointed at some playful and cute -looking primates.

‘Are you a qualified ringmaster?’

Gere nodded.

‘Are your monkeys well-behaved?’

Another nod.

Satisfied, Ali corralled the troop of mewling macaques, leading them away.

Later, with her clothes and hopes in tatters, a furious Ali found Gere. ‘You said you’re a ringmaster and your monkeys are well-behaved.’

‘I am and they are. Those aren’t my monkeys and that’s not my circus.’

Ali shot him.

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 Primate Deniability #carrotranch #99wordstories

  1. Sadje says:

    A tragic end. 😂

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  2. I’m sure Inspector Clouseau has “rheum” for a little opposition!

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  3. Darlene says:

    Good one. I always loved the scene with the dog.

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  4. Loved it Geoff.

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  5. Ha! Thanks for the giggles, Geoff. Hugs.

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  6. tootlepedal says:

    Very crisp writing.

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  9. Chel Owens says:

    Perhaps he missed some fine print.

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  10. willowdot21 says:

    A d I’d of done the same!!


  11. Roberta Eaton Cheadle says:

    Hahaha! Very good, Geoff.

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