Welcome to the two hundred and sixty-second 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 including the following keywords: cartoon, tray, lost, past, newspaper. Here is my 334-worder, which brings back Henry and Gwynne.
No Pleasing Some
Henry sat glued to the TV, giggling and wagging his tail at the old cartoons.
He’d never seen Danger Mouse the first time round, he was too young, but was hooked as Danger Mouse hovered over an alligator pit, as Baron Greenback threatened to press the switch. Of course Penfold came to the rescue, Henry knew there was no way that the hero of the programme would be lost forever. As the show ended and was replaced by Tracy Beaker, Henry pressed the remote’s red button and the screen went blank.
He looked at the clock, five past nine, and there was no sign of his breakfast. He was about to bark but the door opened and in walked the Lab Assistant, Gwynne, holding a tray. She put it down in front of him and waited.
He looked at the tray; the two bowls of food and semi-skimmed milk, the Times newspaper, and looked up at Gwynne. “Is that it?” he asked.
“It’s your usual,” she replied.
“Baker’s Complete, I presume.”
“Getting a bit bored of it, to be honest.”
“Let me guess… smoked Salmon? Caviar?”
Henry lifted a paw and scratched behind his ear. “Mmm… sounds quite nice. Fish instead of meat. But no… I’m a carnivore. I should be eating meat.” He looked at the vacant television screen. “I know,” he said, looking back at Gwynne. “I know exactly what I want.”
“Yes. It’s perfect.”
“Go on, surprise me.”
Henry grinned. “I am your prized possession, am I not?”
Gwynne said a hesitant “Yes”.
“I can have anything my heart desires?”
“OK, then. I shall have alligator.”
Gwynne tilted her head then laughed but stopped when she saw the serious expression on his face.
“See what you can do?”
Henry didn’t hear what Gwynne mumbled as she took the tray back to the kitchens but, although his stomach was rumbling, he’d be more than happy to wait to see what would be in the bowl when she returned.
Photograph above courtesy of morguefile.com.
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