December 8: Flash Fiction Challenge

December 8, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write using the word gander as a verb. A gander is a male goose, yet the Old English etymology of the word suggests it was once gandra which described a waterbird with a long neck (like a crane). In 1912, it became the act of taking a long look. What is the long look your story or character is considering?

Such is Charli’s challenge this week

flash-fiction-8-decHe felt like the village idiot, walking down the street with a goose under his arm.
What Missy Tomkins wanted with it he had no idea. Nearly a hundred years old, it was unlikely she was going to cook a family dinner.
He approached her run-down cottage, and the gate fell off its hinges as he pushed it.
Terrific. Something else to fix.
‘Wha’s ya got thar Tom?’ she croaked from her rocking chair.
‘The goose you wanted Miz Tomkins’ he replied.
‘Goose? I nay wanted a goose, boy! I need ya to have a gander at tha oven’!’

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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15 Responses to December 8: Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. Michael says:

    I loved this one…very clever Di…

  2. You made me laugh! Thanks!!

  3. A. E. Robson says:

    Oh, I love this. Good giggle.

  4. denmaniacs4 says:

    Very nice indeed.

  5. Charli Mills says:

    What a great couple of characters! I could just see the man walking and grumbling with a captive goose. This makes me think of how actions and dialog reveal a character’s looks so much better than description. And I love the humorous twist!

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