Charli’s challenge


December 14, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the phrase “only in…” It can be used to tell a story about a profession, a place or situation. Go where the prompt leads you.

This was Charli Mill’s addictive flash fiction challenge at the Carrot Ranch this week. I’ve just ingurgitated my dose and fortunately it has taken me to a lighter level than my last somewhat depressing post.

So, in an unusual ‘back to my roots’ mood, I came up with a wee Scottish story. Just for fun…

The McWedding Day

“Gorgeous fabric.”

Mrs McGregor slid along the polished pew to get a better view down the aisle to the front of the church.

“You’re absolutely right, Jean. But it’s a wee bit short, don’t you think?”

“No, but maybe too tight on the hips. Makes it rather lumpy over the bum.”

The organist struck up the first chords and every head turned towards the beaming bride, entering on her father’s arm.

An old Irish cousin, one row back, whispered into her neighbour’s ear – “Only in Scotland could you comment on the groom’s kilt as much as the bride’s gown!”

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About Juliet

I've just turned fifty, OMG ! I didn't realise I would have so much to say about this time of my life. The pure pleasure of writing has hit me hard and this blog is sheer self-indulgence. Enjoy!
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16 Responses to Charli’s challenge

  1. M says:

    That gave me a chuckle. 👍👏🏻

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  2. Charli Mills says:

    Great flash, Juliet. Your timing, dialog and twist are all in perfect order. I’m glad we could share a back-to-roots moment this week. Funny how nostalgia can hit one out of the blue.

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  3. Ha ha ha ha. Such a cool picture that is, a perfect fit for your hilarious story 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. mrmacrum says:

    Gotta belly laugh outta me. Excellent.

    Liked by 1 person

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  6. Your cousin in Scotland! says:

    Made me laugh as so true!


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