A shortish story

for The Sunday Muse which is hosted by Carrie💜




cute-dog-clipart-2018-18I’d invited a special person to my place for a meal and more the other night. (Nod-nod, wink-wink, say no more!) I was really going to impress her with my culinary skills, I was cooking – drumroll – bangers and mash! 

With just hours to go, I realised I was missing a vital ingredient, the bangers –  that’s the posh word for sausages to those of you who’re not familiar with British culinary terminology! 

I needed to dash to the supermarket, it was only twenty-seven minutes drive away. I thought I’d leave my canine companion Doodle the Spoodle in the garden because I’d spent ages getting the room ship-shape. Had I not, upon my return there was a high risk it would have been shi*-shape, I’ve not house-trained her yet. 

I spent ages searching for bangers, eventually giving up and buying a couple of microwave meals instead. My guest was due in less than an hour, I needed to get moving.

I was just a mile from home when suddenly I found myself in a queue of stationary traffic. I sat there for what seemed an eternity. That was the last straw. I phoned her explaining my predicament and suggested we rearrange our rendezvous. She just said she’d get back to me. I’m still waiting. 

Eventually, when I got home Doodle was in the garden looking a little sheepish. I noticed I’d left a gate open, the one that led onto Farmer Fred’s field.

Apparently, Doodle had dashed across the field and scared a flock of sheep which trampled through a hedge and onto a road causing a massive traffic jam!

Perhaps it wasn’t meant to be.




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23 thoughts on “A shortish story

  1. lifelessons May 7, 2023 / 16:23

    I’ve had those days. The best I can say of them is that they give us something to write about…

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  2. pensitivity101 May 7, 2023 / 16:36

    Oops! Doodle was lucky……….. here farmers shoot first and ask questions later when it comes to livestock. Maggie was known as the black and white collie that didn’t go in fields, even if the gate was open. Shame about your date. First meal Hubby cooked for me was liver, bacon, onions mashed potatoes and cabbage. Yum!!

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  3. Suzette Benjamin May 7, 2023 / 17:08

    So sorry for the troubles… events sometimes work out for the best. Loved your reading of the story and the sound effects at the right moment!.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 7, 2023 / 17:48

      You have no idea how many attempts it took to get the audio right, I’ve never tripped over my tongue so often!

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      • Suzette Benjamin May 7, 2023 / 19:10

        Your hard work paid off. It was a delight to listen to! Thank you Keith.


  4. poetisatinta May 7, 2023 / 17:49

    Well Keith maybe it was a lucky escape….sadly you will never know unless she gets back to you, if she does be a bit more adventurous than bangers!! 😃

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  5. Jim May 8, 2023 / 04:48

    A hard to believe episode, Keith. You should have taken the Tube.
    Your hero should have patience, she still might call. Nice write.
    . .


  6. Rob Kistner May 8, 2023 / 12:19

    Pesky lovable little pooch that doodle… 🙂✌🏼🫶🏼


  7. Helen May 8, 2023 / 14:47

    I love the way you positioned the image at story end ~~ perfect post note. Cheers!


  8. Carrie V. H. May 8, 2023 / 16:27

    Some things are just not meant to be. I always enjoy your wonderful stories Keith!


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