Secret Abuse #99wordstories

This week’s #carrotranch prompt is

May 9, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about two who cankeep a secret. Is the secret between them or is one keeping a secret from the other. Who are they? What remains unknown? What is revealed? Go where the prompt leads!

The Disgrace Of Secret Abuse

Through a network of Chinese whispers and Russian Mumbles distressed Secrets make their way to Connie Fidenshall’s Secret’s Shelter where the suppressed and misheard find a welcome. The address remains undisclosed; even the front door keeps itself to itself, eschewing regular Thursday selfie opportunities. Inside Secrets relax, opening up to those who’ve been kept in the margins of polite society. Illicit love poems meet whistleblowing memos for evenings spent reading out loud. Baby Secrets have showers whenever they want. Even Secrets with violence, cruelty and deception at their heart are included: it’s not the Secret’s choice to be captive.

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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15 Responses to Secret Abuse #99wordstories

  1. trifflepudling says:

    I like that one!
    A crossword answer today (3 words) quoted Churchill describing Russia as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”…

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    Very thoughtful Geoff….don’t worry I won’t tell a soul 🤐

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  3. Yet another American import – baby showers!

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  4. A very creative take on the prompt, Geoff.

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  5. Clever! I liked the allusions especially the one to Thursday Doors.

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  6. Norah says:

    That was different. I guess even secrets need somewhere to shelter.

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  7. Very clever, Geoff. Hercule Poirot would be proud of you.

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  8. Ooh. This sounds like it would be a great setting for a book! Wonderfully creative, Geoff.

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