Fear the Scarecrow

“Why are you smiling,” the farmer screamed. “Look at this.”

The scarecrow stared and smiled.

The farmer looked at his ruined crop and kicked it with his boots. Enraged, he attacked the remaining crop and destroyed it. He was too occupied to notice the scarecrow–who was no longer smiling.


Can’t You Spell It Correctly?

Carson Dellosa Industrial Chic Hello Name Tags (150063)

He looked at the name tag and rolled his eyes. “Excuse me, but–“

“Yes,” the woman behind the conference check-in desk said, sighing.

“My name.” He pointed to the tag. “It’s not spelled correctly.”

“What do you mean that’s not spelled correctly?”

He took a deep breath. Thirty-five years of dealing with people not knowing how to spell his name had not increased his patience. “My name is Steven Bouquet.”

She looked at the tag and rolled her eyes. “Yeah, that’s what it says. Right there. Steven Bouquet.”

“I’m sorry,” he said, “but it’s spelled wrong.”

“Fine,” she huffed, grabbing a blank tag and magic marker. “Stephen Bouquet.” She handed him the new tag. “There. Enjoy your conference.”

He looked at the tag and shook his head. “It’s still incorrect, Miss.”

“Oh, good lord.” She lost her patience and slammed a blank tag on the table and pulled the cap off the marker. “Spell it!”

“S..t..e..e..v..e..n B..u..c..k..e..t”

She stared at the tag and took a deep breath. “There you go, sir. Enjoy your conference.”

He took the name tag and smiled.

“Next!” she called.

A woman approached, smiling. “I would like to check-in please.”

“Sure,” the lady said, returning the smile. “Your name, please.”

“Mary Slocombe.”

The lady stared at the blank name tag, shook her head, quietly collected her things, and walked out of the Classic British Comedy Fan Club Conference.

50 Word Thursday 2019 #14

When Deb Whittam retired from hosting 50-Word Thursdays, Kristian asked to pick it up and offered me a spot as co-host. Obviously, I jumped at the opportunity as I love this weekly prompt. Last week he was host, so this week, I am hosting. My prompt will go out at Midnight GMT on Thursday, and a recap will be posted by 10:00 PM GMT next Wednesday.

**Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
**Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.
**Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

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“Why are you smiling?”

River Dixon, Beyond the Field