Perfect Timing

Posted: June 8, 2019 in What Pegman Saw
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Today Pegman took us to London. Thanks, Karen and Josh for another wonderful place to spark our imaginations to create a 150-word story.

“Jordy, it’s true. As a child, I used that very box to phone your mum.”

“That’s dry, Grandpa. No one in their right mind would shut himself inside a greenhouse to chat someone up.”

“Look here, smart mouth, we all did. Nothing else for it. No cell phone, no wiffy.”

“Wi-Fi, old fool, Wi-Fi.” 

“It says Telephone right above the door.”

“Hype.” The young man’s cell phone bleeps. His attention refocuses.

“Maybe, maybe not.” The old man checks the clock tower. 4:20 p.m. He refocuses on the green tentacles behind the phone booth. “Jordy, give it a go. Step inside.”

“Not happening.”



The young man jerks open the door. Steps inside. Tentacles wrap, wrap, wrap around the booth; squeeze. An enormous squeal of metal pierces the air. Glass shatters. The phone booth disappears in a puff of reddish-green smoke.

Smiling, the old man turns on a heel.

  • * * *

Dry– dull, boring, unfunny. A bad joke might be described as “dry”.

Hype – Over the top

Reh teh teh – Etc, etc





  1. Dale says:

    Not a very nice grandpa to have his grandson done in, in such a way!!

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  2. k rawson says:

    Lol, here I thought that green thing behind the phone booth was harmless. Here I thought GRANDPA was harmless. Entertaining little story that made me feel old. Remember seeing how many people you could pile into a phone booth?

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    • Definitely remember the piling part. Tried to fit that in but then a green alien arrived. This story did not start out as Sci-fi. The weirdness just sorta took over. I wonder what that green thing is? Thanks, Karen.

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  3. A chilling bit here. I was thinking about the TARDIS when I saw your photo, although I know it’s a different box. That would be quite a lure.

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  4. Dear Lish,

    Now that was a take on the prompt I wouldn’t have expected. 😉 Grandpa definitely made his point. Well done.



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    • Thanks, Rochelle. WordPress was messing with me. For about half-an-hour I couldn’t use the old format I’m used to so I wanted to kill someone (not literally) but this whole week has been filled with my credit card being hacked, utility bills not being correct . . . so, the poor grandson had to be eaten by an alien. Now I feel better.

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  5. Lynn Love says:

    Love how you saw that snatch of green behind the box and expanded and expanded it … Some lesson Grandpa’s given there. Be interesting to know where Jordy’s gone, if he lives to tell the tall tale. Great write, Lish

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