comedy short story

#75 – Plunge

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Markus Spiske

Goosebumps were itching on Eddie’s skin as he looked down into the pool 33 feet below.  His head snapped back and he squeezed his eyes tight, a sharp breath hissing between his lips as his toes curled over the edge of the board.

“Okay, that was dumb. Dumb, dumb, dumb!” Eddie whispered.  The crowd below had fallen silent.

The world froze for a heartbeat,…

“Hey, Charlie Brown!  Time to go splat!”

Anger forced Eddie’s eyes open.  People were laughing.  People were always laughing.  All the time.

Everyone except Mrs. Gomez.

The trembling boy raised his arms.

She would be watching.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Promo image by Markus Spiske via Unsplash.

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#15 – Llanfair PG

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The two men had been arguing for 20 minutes, their sweaty brows gleaming in the mid-summer sun.

“No, I’m telling you it’s pronounced “Clan Vire”!”

The older man was jabbing his finger at the new sign with flailing exasperation.

“Then why is it spelt “Fair?!” The younger man moaned, scratching his head.

With a sigh, the first man called to a passenger, nearby. “Excuse me, love.  How do you pronounce the name of this railway station?”


The two men looked at each other.  Then at the sign.  Then at the tools they’d used to erect it, 20 minutes before.


(c) Tim Austin 2016. Photo by Benn McGuinness on Unsplash

Today’s word was suggested by Liverpool songsmiths the Speakeasy Bootleg Band – purveyors of the “Finest Quality Bootleg Music Since Records Began…..”. You can find them on Twitter at @Speakeasybootle.  

For those not in the know, this is a real train station in Wales.  Yes, that really is the full name.  And no, most people can’t pronounce it.

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