Sad Article #carrotranch #99wordstories

This week’s prompt is

January 2, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a sabbatical. Who needs one or has had one? What kind of tension could a rest create? Where can a break take your story? Go where the prompt leads!

Sad Article

Briefly, Little Tittweaking became famous for its Death Sabbatical Society. Its pitch was ‘Are you dying for [insert preference]? Let us temporarily euthanise you.’ For a fee, DSS would take your life (minimum period: a week) and leave you to rot while you indulged your desires. Life was restored via electric shocks and a chilli poultice to the genitals.

Business remained brisk, even surviving a scandal when the cadavers were squatted by homeless spirits claiming on their life assurance. The business folded, as do so many, when the Inland Revenue decided temporary death was in reality a tax dodge.

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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24 Responses to Sad Article #carrotranch #99wordstories

  1. Sadje says:

    Very cleverly written

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I get a warm glow from reading this!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. willowdot21 says:

    Darn Inland revenue can’t leave anything alone!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Damn, That won’t work then!! Fun post Geoff.

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  5. A tax dodge indeed.

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  6. tootlepedal says:

    Have you the recipe for the chilli poultice? It sounds exciting.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. V.M.Sang says:

    Haha. Not the kind of tax dodge I’d be rushing for. Those wandering squatting spirits sound too much of a threat

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  8. Norah says:

    Where there’s a will there’s a way for the IRS, even is the death is only temporary. Well done, Geoff.

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