Fowl Business (flash fiction repost)

Eddy grew up on the family farm. Being the youngest of six children, he was given the task of feeding the chickens. While some would say it was mundane work, Eddie would find out his pecking order. Thus, it was no surprise that Eddy would eventually own a chicken business, and is now busy running a multi-layer organization.

One day Eddie’s car, a Range Rover, disappeared; ‘how foul’, thought Eddie. Thankfully the police quickly found the car; and Eddie said this coupe was a feather in their caps.
Being foresighted, Eddy bought a cow to beef up the farm’s security.
(Fowl Business, is fiction, © Steven S. Walsky, April 4, 2016.)

This 100 word story was originally posted for Esther Newton’s 04/04/16 Monday Motivations; please visit her WordPress blog for great writing and marketing tips.


The Exequies Date (Odd Word Flash Fiction)

Eating at a fine restaurant was Joe’s idea of an outstanding first, and blind, date. However, after only a few minutes, Susan knew this was mere barmecide. The way he gulped down the food was not the definition of degust. Also, and to the others in the restaurant, bibble Joe’s xertz behavior was totally negative. Thankfully, Susan exercised her pauciloquent social skills, and that precluded a pother.

Nevertheless, the manager came to their table and asked Joe to slow down his ingurgitate behavior. To this Joe replied that maybe the manager wanted to impignorate a chance at romance, but not he. Joe smiled, thinking his comment was argute. Susan just figured Joe was vagarious, and any vocal judgement on her part would cancel his paying for the check. It was not that she had kakorrhaphiophobia; this was the omphalos for the date and Susan was not one to absquatulate. Later that night, Susan’s friend Jane would say she was just agastopia over Joe’s mussled arms and a possible other body part.

Finaly the dinner was over and Joe asked for a box for the tittynope salmon. Using his request as an excuse to leave the table for the facilities, Susan was able to remain non- cacoethes. However, once she returned, Susan said that her brother had called about not feeling well, and she would be taking a taxi to his apartment.

Of course, Joe knew this was the exequies for the date. Nevertheless, Joe did enjoy his meal and had the leftover salmon from her plate…and plenty more phone numbers from the dating site.
(The Exequies Date, © Steven S. Walsky, June 2018.)

Odd Words
absquatulate: v. – leave abruptly
agastopia: n. – admiration of a particular part of someone’s body
argute: av. – shrewd
bibble: v. – to drink often; to eat and/or drink noisily
barmecide: av. – providing only the illusion of abundance
cacoethes: n. – an urge to do something inadvisable
degust: v. – to taste food or drink carefully, so as to fully appreciate it fully
exequies: n. -funeral rites
impignorate: v. – to pawn or mortgage something
ingurgitate: v.- to swallow something greedily
kakorrhaphiophobia: n. – fear of failure
omphalos: n. – the center or hub of something
pauciloquent: adj. – uttering few words; brief in speech
pother: n. – a commotion or fuss
tittynope: n. – a small quantity of something left over
vagarious: ad. -erratic and unpredictable in behavior or direction
xertz: v. – to gulp down quickly and greedily

Advancing Fondness (Homophone Flash Fiction)

As Billy sipped his sloe gin, he was slow to notice his friend George gallop up to the dance floor to galop with Susan. ‘Gee,’ thought Billy, ‘I haven’t seen George this bold since he bowled three strikes in a row.’ “Marry,” called out Billy, “our club fawn has become a faun!” Marry laughed.

Marry then said that George “hasn’t been this bizarre since his encounter with a friendly mouse at the local bazarr.”

“Marry,” replied Billy laughing, “I guess George’s dance masque for Susan can not mask his ‘I’ve fallen for your desire.” “Looking at him whirl around the dance floor, you think it may make his heart whorl tighter around thoughts of Susan?”

“I once read,” said Marry, “that what he is doing may be a red light for advancing fondness!”

“I guess all that lager has worked as a laager against our opinions.” Billy looked at his drink, “I could never have augured that we would see our meek George’s heart being augered like this.”

“It’s a simple explanation”, replied a laughing Marry, “she has thrown a smile from her throne, and Billy has been quick to alter his shyness for a chance at the altar.”

A year later Billy and Susan were married, and Susan spent many a blissful night with her knight.

(Advancing Fondness, © Steven S. Walsky, June 2018.)