215 words …

for The Unicorn Challenge which is graciously hosted by Jenne Gray and C.E.Ayr


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When she’d invited a couple of her mates around for a chinwag, Polly hadn’t expected them to bring their boyfriends along. 

She’d managed to get her fella to go to the pub, not that he needed much persuading. Being stuck at home with three chattering girls wasn’t his idea of fun.  After all, he wasn’t interested in hearing what was going on behind closed curtains down the road at number seven, or what Flora the Floozie was supposedly up to.

The lads were getting overly excited about some video game they were playing. They were making so much noise the lasses could hardly hear themselves think!

“Did I hear you say the vicar’s got Wendy in the club?” yelled Polly over the din.

“No shouted Jane, “he’s got a new club on Wednesdays”.


There was only one thing for it. Polly put the kettle on.

 “Let’s all have tea,” she hollered.

“Tea?” chuckled Johnny, “really, tea?”

“Our afternoon, our rules” she replied.

“That’s it” huffed Billy, “let’s hit the pub”.


“It works every time,” said Polly as the front door slammed and the kettle began whistling a triumphant tune.

“Sukey, take it off again, they’ve all gone away!”

“It’s wine time” announced Jane, “red or white ladies?”

“Both,” they all screamed together!




© Ayr/Gray

All together now –

Polly, put the kettle on,
Polly, put the kettle on,
Polly, put the kettle on,
We’ll all have tea!

Sukey, take it off again,
Sukey, take it off again,
Sukey, take it off again,
They’ve all gone away!

23 thoughts on “215 words …

  1. Suzette Benjamin Apr 14, 2023 / 16:34

    It never occurred to me until your wonderful story that the expression “Polly put your kettle on” was connected to tea-time. Thanks Keith!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jenne49 Apr 14, 2023 / 18:44

    Ah, the wiles of the womenfolk. You poor guys don’t stand a chance! The vicar certainly almost didn’t! Good story, Keith.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. ceayr Apr 15, 2023 / 09:01

    Your usual light-touch masterpiece, Keef!
    We just ain’t smart enough for the crazy ones, are we?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Liz H Apr 15, 2023 / 18:40

    The previously unrevealed history of a beloved nursery rhyme. So clever!

    Liked by 1 person

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