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FFftPP – Something Wicked This Way Comes

Here is my story for Roger’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. We get a phrase to use – “What is the peculiar smell?” and a photo, along with 200 words.

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Photo from pixabay.com

Photo from pixabay.com


“What is that peculiar smell?”

‘tis the stench of death, come for us on wings of deepest black. Forsooth.”

“What? What? What’s he saying?” The other meerkats shook their heads. “Ever since that tourist safari chap dropped The Complete Works of Shakespeare he’s been insufferable.” The other meerkats nodded.

For ’tis the cruel arrows of fate which approacheth or mayhap a harbinger of doom which cometh on paws of death. Forsooth.”

“Paws of death? I suppose he could mean… a lion’s coming?” The other meerkats looked around, panicking.

And here he cometh as ‘twere Hades himself risen from the circles of ever fiery Hell our souls to claim, forsooth, our broken bodies…”


… to rip aaaaargh!”

“Well, lads, that comes as a bit of a relief, quite frankly.” The other meerkats, eyes wide as saucers, nodded. “Okay, chaps, RUN!”


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  1. Merbear74
    April 9, 2016 at 11:31 am

    To be dreadful, or not to be dreadful…that is the question!


    • April 9, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Ooh ooh I know this one. Dreadful 🙂


      • Merbear74
        April 9, 2016 at 3:56 pm

        Haha! 😀


  2. Lyn
    April 9, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Oh, poor little meerkat 😦 I’m very fond of meerkats, there’s just something so endearing about them.


    • April 9, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Yeah, poor annoying little chap. I’m sure the others escaped though 🙂 They are pretty cute-looking!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. April 9, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    If he’d only been less Laurence Olivier and more … um, Mel Gibson, or Kenneth Branagh!


    • April 9, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Yeah, he could’ve said something cool and then taken out the lion with his bare paws 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. April 9, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I love meerkats and I love this fiction. Not funny but funny.


    • April 9, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Me too! I like the way their little heads keep popping up and whatnot 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. April 9, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Hahahaha! Not very good timing to practice Shakespeare! Cute story, Ali!


    • April 9, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      There’s a time for Shakespeare and there’s a time to run run run 🙂


  6. April 9, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Well, that got rid of the would-be Shakespeare in a hurry, poor guy. Well done, Ali. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • April 10, 2016 at 6:32 am

      Yeah, and he was just getting into some classic literature too 😦
      I’m glad you liked it!


  7. April 9, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I kinda wish something like this would have happened to my lit teacher when she’d make us read Shakespeare. Would it have killed the guy to write in English?


    • April 10, 2016 at 6:36 am

      Well, that would have injected some excitement into you English lessons! Chaucer was even worse, those guys were well out of touch wiv da kidz.


  8. April 9, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    I think this is what we like to call “dark” humor. Or … dark humors?


  9. gentlestitches
    April 10, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Pity they didn’t drop a copy of “Mad Max” bwa haa haa!
    Loved the reference to my hero Ray Bradbury. 😀


    • April 10, 2016 at 6:38 am

      Yeah, that would have surprised Mr Lion!
      I have to admit, the reference to Ray Bradbury was entirely inadvertent. But I’d love to know what it was 🙂

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      • gentlestitches
        April 10, 2016 at 8:57 am

        It was the title of a story he wrote I think around 1962 but it has entered our language as a stand alone phrase as happens with great writers. He also penned the first story mentioning a holodeck. Imagine having a phrase you wrote becoming part of the language? How wonderful. I can remember very well ‘who wrote what” but I can’t remember where I put my keys. 😀


        • April 10, 2016 at 1:03 pm

          Ah yes, I just Googled it. It would be sooo cool to have a phrase of yours enter the language!
          No-one can ever remember where they put their keys 🙂

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  10. April 10, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Dear Doctor (if that is indeed your designation): Does your evil know no bounds? First, you torture a poor marsupial (RIP, Buster) and now meerkats? You writer people are the devil’s messengers here on earth (to paraphrase Bill Murray). Signed, Vivian Blatherington (Sir) 😉

    P.S. Ditto Gentlestitches. Something Wicked… is a great book; could be loosely classed YA, I guess, but with spec-fic elements (circus-fantastical characters). I highly recommend it.

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    • April 10, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Yes, I am “Dr” 🙂
      We writer people kill with impunity. Though usually not so many furry creatures in so short a time 🙂
      I might give that book a try – it sounds right up my street.


      • April 11, 2016 at 12:54 am

        Don’t worry; I believe you. Mrs. What’s-her-Name was trying to get on Monty Python with her letter . . . !
        And, yeah, if memory serves, it’s told from a boy’s POV, and he goes to this circus that’s passing through his town or nearby. Mystery ensues, and all kinds of bizarre characters. Do check it out sometime!


        • April 11, 2016 at 7:19 am

          I’m already scared – spooky circuses and fairgrounds, yeeks!

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  11. April 10, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Methinks he spoketh too much (and ran too little). Forsooth.


    • April 11, 2016 at 7:09 am

      Me thinketh thou hast come to the very nub of the meerkat’s problem.


  12. April 11, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I guess he thought the lion was part of the rehearsal.
    Or perhaps he hoped the lion was a fan of Shakespeare.
    Poor fellow.


    • April 11, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Sadly neither, and now his day is done 🙂


  13. April 11, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Haha! Like it – very funny. Love that surreal idea of meerkats speaking Shakespeare and the mangled warnings. And that line near the end – ‘That comes as a bit of a relief’. Very dry. I like how we’re all inspired in different ways by the same prompt – great stuff


    • April 12, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Thanks! He was very excited about getting some classic literature to read. I don’t suppose he got through much of it before the “incident” 😦
      I’m glad you liked it. Some prompts seem to inspire lots of similarly-themed stories, some produce very different results!

      Liked by 1 person

      • April 12, 2016 at 9:37 am

        Yes. I like the ones that send us all spinning into different directions. They’re the most fun. 🙂


  14. April 11, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Ahh drali- true to form I see.. Paws of death indeed 😀


  15. Felicia Hf
    April 17, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Poor meerkats! Hilariously written with the Shakespeare sentences though 🙂


  16. January 15, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Loved your creative take on that – meerkats speaking in olde English. Very funny!


    • January 15, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks, I like phrasing things in olde English sometimes, it’s fun 🙂


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