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The following story was written in response to Rochelle’s FridayFictioneers photo prompt. This week’s PHOTO PROMPT © Yvette Prior




Kelvin M. Knight

Every time Roland went to one of these events he drank too much coffee. To keep awake, he supposed. It never worked. He always dozed off after a lunch he wouldn’t usually eat.

Why? Because it was free? Because he was bored?

The after lunch speaker asked the selfsame questions. When no one answered, he clanged a gong, banged a drum, then honked an airhorn, thrice.

‘Christianity isn’t about sleeping or skulking in the shadows,’ proclaimed this overzealous speaker. ‘Go make some noise!’

Roland adjusted his seat position. An almighty parp escaped his bloated belly. ‘Excuse me. Too many beans.’

(100 words)

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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.

42 thoughts on “SYMPOSIUMS

  1. I had a student , years ago, who always had two bean burritos for lunch and then came to my class–and stunk up my room. I finally threatened to have the other guys in the class pick him up and but his backside out the window (winter, 40 below zero in Minnesota). He was bewildered, because in his family everyone “parped” whenever the need arose. Poor kid wasn’t embarrassed, just couldn’t figure out how the rest of us handled things 🙂

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  2. Dear Kelvin,

    Afternoon speakers do have a tough row to hoe. No amount of coffee can keep an audience awake in the wake of dull speaker. Parp is a new word for me. I’ll keep that in mind and try not to parp at inappropriate times. Your last line made me laugh out loud.



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