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Update on 12/09/18

My story was published in the Carrot Ranch collection for this photo prompt – see Part II – 3rd story.  Many thanks to Charli and all the ranch leaders and all who took part. Cracking stories.

After my slow start on the 24 hour free-write yesterday over at the Carrot Ranch I’ve spent this morning a meandering and a mooching, reading various other ranchers and rancher leaders and decided I was not too late to enter the August 30th themed prompt of bottleneck.

So, here we go… quick as a flash…

Hope you enjoy my la’al flash fiction story.




Kelvin M. Knight

Standing in his pulpit, he regarded one bottleneck after another: his overworked PCC; the cavalier making of tea during the service; the choir grumbling behind him; the organ whimpering far far away.

He prayed silently, swiftly. Upon opening his eyes, he spied a congregation transformed. Now they all looked resplendent in starched white collars, whereas he was a shadow, bloated and distorted, and pinched in so many places: from his wallet to his timesharing; from his patience to his love.

Realising he was more guilty than them, he pondered the complexities of daring to share this truth with them.

(99 words)


First and foremost I am a reader, then a storyteller. My reading tastes are eclectic. My writing can focus around the intimacy of closed settings and may tend towards characters who might be hiding something from themselves.

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