A Multiple Word Prompt Story – The Awkward Surprise

This story was inspired by the following word prompts





Today’s things are: circus, carnival, freak show

The Awkward Surprise

It was his wife’s fiftieth birthday and he had managed to convince her he had forgotten all about it.

When they woke up that Saturday morning, he behaved like there was nothing special about the day ahead.

He’d got up, had a shower, fed the cats and then went to the corner shop to pick up the Saturday paper.

On his way back he quickly accosted the postman who was about to post some birthday cards through their letter box. He took the cards and put them in his coat pocket and only allowed the bills to pass through.

The postman gave him a strange look as he continued on his round.

Hiding round the side of the house he heard his wife open the inner door and pick up the few measly bills and slam the door again.

Stifling a laugh he opened the door with his key and went in.

“Has the mail been love?” he asked, how he kept a straight face, he had no idea.

“Only the gas and electric bills and a letter from the council about the drains, that’s all. I was expecting…”

“What were you expecting?” he asked as innocently as he could.

“Oh, Nothing. Nothing at all” She replied then went into the kitchen and slammed the door.

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50 Word Thursday #66 – Murder in the Willows.

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And the words:

“She was murdered,” Rabbit says. – Kate Racculia’s Bellweather Rhapsody


When they found the body at the bottom of the steep stone steps in the middle of the wood, they’d assumed that she had fallen to her death. There was no handrail, safety not being at the forefront of people’s minds in that backward part of the world.

Luckily Badger had his mobile phone and a signal so he called the police.

To their surprise, the police constable arrived on the scene very quickly. Constable Rabbit took details from both Badger and Mole and wrote down their account of finding the body.

“She was murdered,” Rabbit says, quite suddenly, making them jump.

Amazed at his perspicacity, Mole asks “How can you tell?”

“Simple,” Rabbit replied, “I can see her footprints on the path heading towards the steps so she couldn’t have fallen down them. Also, if you’d looked, you’d have seen she has been strangled with her own kerchief.”

[150 Words]

This story was written for the 50 word Thursday challenge: Click the link below:



I have also included the following word prompts:





A Life on the Edge – A multiple word prompts poem / Double Limerick


I’m living my life on the edge,

I’ve promised and given my pledge,

It may come as a surprise,

But believe me, it’s wise,

Don’t accept the thin end of the wedge


I’ve decided to follow my dreams

No matter how far the extremes

I’ll dance and I’ll revel,

Rules can go to the devil,

There much more to life than it seems.


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 09/June/2019


I have included the following word prompts:



FOWC with Fandango — Edge



50 Word Thursday #23

Good morning and welcome, it should come as no surprise that it is time for the 50 word Thursday Challenge. I am hosting the challenge again this week, Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith hosted it last week. If you’d like to read some of the excellent short stories from last week’s challenge please click on the link below:


The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

So here is this weeks picture:


And the Words:  “she added, hopefully, “how many things with angels on them are there here?” – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman


I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge. I will post all the entries next Wednesday.

Happy Thursday Everyone.



50 Word Thursdays – A Carnival Surprise.

“Fooling, fooling, too much fooling.” (Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking)

This story was written for the 50 Word Thursday challenge, this week hosted by Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith:


I have also included the Three Things Challenge:


Today’s prompt: keyboard, bananas, rattle

and the following prompts:



FOWC with Fandango — Undermine

A Carnival Surprise

The carnival parade was well under way, the bands marched playing their trumpets, drums and keyboard instruments. They could be heard several streets away. They weren’t playing them very well though, providing meaning to the old adage, you pay bananas. You get monkeys.

A man stepped out from an alleyway and joined one of the passing floats.

His garish costume and blue eyeshadow looked festive but his white makeup made him look wan in the light of the afternoon sun. He was just another clown, in the crowd, among many clowns juggling, riding on unicycles, shaking a rattle, eating fire.

Underneath his makeup, he wasn’t smiling. He was sick of it all. Fooling, fooling, too much fooling. While people starved and suffered, their hedonism threatened to undermine civilisation.

He will give them a carnival the like of which was seen seldomly and one no one present will live to repeat.

[150 Words]