Welcome to the two hundred and sixty-ninth in this series that is ‘5pm Fiction’.
Late April 2011 I discovered StoryADay.org and the project that is to write 31 stories in 31 days. Anyone who knows me or follows this blog, knows how passionate I am about short stories so my clichéd eyes lit up at this new marvel. And just a few days later there I was, breathing life into new characters. This went on to become (with some editing of course) my 31-story collection eBook Story A Day May 2011. I have since published (as eBooks) the 2012 and 2013 collections, detailed on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine/short-stories/story-a-day-may.
I was nearing completion of the 2012 project when I decided that I didn’t want to stop at the end of May so 5PM Fiction was born. I put a load of prompts on the 5PM Fiction page and today’s was to write a story from the one-word prompt of ‘funny’. Here is my 219-worder.
Kind of Funny
“Funny ha-ha or peculiar?” Diane asked Joe as he slumped into his favourite chair.
“Sort of both.”
“I’ll put the kettle on and you tell me what happened.”
Joe smiled, slipped his feet into his slippers and opened the paper, turning to the sports pages.
He’d just finished checking the racing results when Diane came through and put a tray on the coffee table. Joe leaned forward and picked up one of the mugs.
“Mmm, lovely and hot. And cake. Carrot?”
Diane nodded. “Not long out the oven.”
“Thanks love. What would I do without you?”
Diane laughed. “Go hungry.”
Joe murmured, taking a bite of the lukewarm cake.
“So…” Diane continued. “Funny ha-ha or peculiar?”
Joe swallowed the cake. “Funny ha-ha. A clown.”
“Oh, right. In the shop?”
“Yes, except that he came in dressed like that.”“Which itself isn’t weird – it is a fancy dress shop.”
“Oh. Yes. Peculiar. What did he want?”
“To the blank. Clarken Independent.
“Next door but one. That is odd. They’ve got a big enough sign. Then what?”
“Didn’t you look to see where he was going?”
“Why? He was going to the bank.” Joe closed the paper and put it on the table. He looked at the front page’s headline then back at Diane. “Oops.”
Photograph above courtesy of morguefile.com.
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