Write on Time

A piece of short fiction inspired by, but not actually using, the word TARDY from Your Daily Word Prompt.


Gone ten, I should be at my desk by nine. Right, I’ll leave the dishes and forget about the laundry. But this room is thick with dust, and there are biscuit crumbs everywhere.

Eleven o’clock! How did that happen? Time to sit down and finish chapter two. Do not check emails. Ignore Twitter and the cute cat gifs. And on no account go anywhere near Facebook.

Lunchtime, already. I could eat a quick sandwich in the kitchen, but I’m out of bread, and they do all-day breakfasts at the café on Thursdays.

Oh my, it’s gone two, but I needed that break; this story is a pain to write. I don’t know enough about budgerigars. Maybe I should google them.

That was interesting, but perhaps a parrot will make a better plot device.

Four o’clock, the kids will be home from school soon and I have nothing for their tea. They’ll have to make do with takeaway pizza, again. I’ll do a couple of hours after they go to bed.

Nearly midnight, but there were only two episodes of Poirot left to watch. And I had to know who did it!

I am so tired now, I think I’ll go to bed and start afresh tomorrow.

Fibbing Friday 28th May 2021 – Grey’s Anatomy

Frank (PCGuy) and Di (Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday. To join in, write a post with your answers to the 10 questions below and tag it “Fibbing Friday” or #FibbingFriday. Then link back to Fibbing Friday so that others can enjoy the answers and join in too!

The rules are simple – truth is not an option, but lies, silliness, and surrealism are.

Sphincter
An unmarried sphinx

Phalanges
A major river in India

Rectum
The clerical rank between curate and vicar

Varicose
An invasive climbing plant

Aorta
A trademarked brand of suet (not suitable for vegetarians or vegans)

Vein
Derived from the phrase “veni vidi vici” loosely translated as “I came, I saw, I bled”

Artery
Hand-to-hand combat with paintbrushes

Alveolus
A short sword used by roman soldiers and a genus of perennial flowering plants in the iris family.

Bacteria
An extreme version of Bukkake involving camels.

Virus
Patron saint of nurses and funeral directors.

One-Liner Wednesday – What the fork?

LindaGHill hosts One-Liner Wednesday  
Check out her blog for the rules, read other one-liners, and join in the fun!

You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think.

Dorothy Parker

And here’s a bonus one-liner…

You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.

Stan Laurel