Half a dozen

For Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Charm..



A small crowd gathered in the square where a handsome young man sat behind an elegantly draped table.  

I watched, fascinated as an attractive lady seemed drawn towards him.  She sat and they gazed into each other’s eyes.

He held both her hands in his, as his alluring voice made promises of rapturous times to come. 

She offered him payment, but he shook his head and kissed her hand as she stood, smiled and walked away.

One gobemouche after another fell for his charms but by the time they realised their rings, bracelets and watches had disappeared he was gone.


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By the way, gobemouche is an archaic word for a gullible person, and I’ve been waiting for ages to use it! Did you know that a gybotikolobomassophile is a man who nibbles womens’ ears? You do now!


Thanks to Denise for hosting.




29 thoughts on “Half a dozen

  1. beth Dec 30, 2021 / 14:08

    ah, be careful! love the word, it’s new to me –

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  2. Sadje Dec 30, 2021 / 14:55

    Nothing is for free! One has to pay even for flirtations. 😍


  3. Christine Goodnough Dec 30, 2021 / 15:07

    What an intriguing word, brand new to me! The plot of this tale, though, is as old as the hills.
    I’ve also read of instances where “an insane woman” and her keeper would put on a beguiling display in a market place. While spectators were enthralled their purses disappeared. That could make quite the tale, too. 🙂

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  4. clark Dec 30, 2021 / 15:39


    Spare but concise, factual yet engagingly descriptive.
    …with a hook at the end.

    Most excellent Six.


  5. Chris Hall Dec 30, 2021 / 15:57

    That reads especially well straight after CE’s piece! A ‘happy’ coincidence.
    Plus 2 new bonus words. Splendid, Keith!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Frank Hubeny Dec 30, 2021 / 19:53

    They paid without realizing it until it was too late for letting him hold their hands.

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  7. Doug Jacquier Dec 30, 2021 / 21:42

    Obscure wordsmithery extraordinaire. Well done. As to the last word, it would be quicker to do the nibbling than describe it. 🙂


  8. GirlieOnTheEdge Dec 31, 2021 / 01:58

    Smooth Six, Keith 🙂
    And no surprise we’re as taken with the new vocabulary words as we are with your story. Double the fun!

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  9. ceayr Dec 31, 2021 / 08:23

    Great stuff, Keith.
    And from the French ‘gober’, to swallow, and ‘mouche’, a fly.
    That paints a picture, hmm?
    Think also ‘gob’!


    • Keith's Ramblings Dec 31, 2021 / 12:09

      Interesting, it sure does. I know an old lady who swallowed a fly, I don’t know why she swallowed a fly, perhaps she’ll die!


  10. Liz H Dec 31, 2021 / 20:56

    You absolutely have to watch those kind of guys!


  11. Susi Bocks Jan 11, 2022 / 04:54

    Love the education of the unique words, Keith!


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