Red Herring


PHOTO PTOMPT © Lucy Fridkin


“Stay with the school for your own safety”, Martha had warned.

“Martha’s a coward”, I had talked behind her back.  Today I’m dying for that one sin…two if you count trusting that Orange-faced clown as a sin.

He seemed innocuous from a distance – a prankster.

“Want to smell my breath? It’s the freshest in the whole wide sea. There is no breath that is freshest than mine. Come closer and you can see for yourself.  My fins may be small but my breath is amazingly fresh. Everyone likes it bigly”, he had said.

The rest is unfortunately history.


Note: Orange-faced clown is probably not going to be happy with me using this picture showing his double-chin 🙂

Stay together Herrings and maybe we can live through this !

PHOTO PROMPT © Lucy Fridkin

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19 responses to “Red Herring

  1. I didn’t guess fish were coming, Even you got to fins I was thinking robots and cooling fins


  2. And here I thought you were referencing Donald Trump – HA!
    I don’t think I want to smell his breath either. 🙂
    Clever use of the prompt.


  3. Dear Ansumani,

    “Bigley?” Oy. Yeah, I’m staying away from those little fins. Nicely done.




  4. That gave me a good laugh. His breath is the freshest and if you don’t agree, you’re a nasty woman!

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  5. Interesting take on the prompt. Humoirous idea im the line”Smell my breath.” Fun writing 😁
    Isadora 😎


  6. It’s always the innocent-looking ones you need to watch out for…


  7. Unexpected twist. Great write.

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  8. if anything, she was no coward.


  9. I like the hidden story here.
    Orange face ….

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  10. A red herring indeed! You know we all fell for it… even if folks said they didn’t. 😉 Fun piece.


  11. That very nice Mr Trump will indeed have you on social media. Beware.


  12. Maybe there will be no schools when they are sold to sharks.


  13. Great twist at the end, Ansumani. It seems staying in a school is safer. Good writing. 🙂 — Suzanne


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