Second for a Second Week


Put up my second story for
Microbookends after a relatively successful second place last week. And what happened this week? Well, second place once again.

Second place is nowhere - who said that? - well I'll take it as being
pretty fine.

Microbookends is a challenge where you are given the first and last word of the piece (90 to 110 words) and a photo prompt.

The two stories are re-presented here:


Christmas: Plausible Deniability

Explosive devices and a class of five year olds would have created less of a mess in her kitchen than Sue had.

She stood in the centre of the blast zone, pulling her hair, trying to recall why she’d volunteered to have Christmas at her house.

The phone rang three times - the signal that David had picked up his mum and was on his way.

She could hardly imagine the reaction her mother-in-law would have when she saw the kitchen chaos - Dick Cheney could take top tips from her interrogation and torture techniques. Sue cried trying to imagine an excuse - with plausible deniability - for such epic disorder.

(109 words) December 11th 2014 - Came second.


Kat’s Magic Spoons

Rating Kat’s chance of finding all his homemade dinosaur eggs as a long way south of negligible Sam sat back on the porch and laughed.

Kat waltzed theatrically out into the garden and spun around to look at Sam.

"You wanna double up on that bet?" She shouted.

Sam laughed. "A fool and her money." He nodded.

Kat pulled out the spoons and within fifteen minutes all ten of the lurid plastic dinosaurs were laid out in front of Sam.

"Incredible." he said. "How did ya do it, really?"

"Magical spoons, Sam. They can do anything. Some day I’m gonna use them to solve the mysteries of the solar system."

18 December - 110 words - Came second again!

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