Continuing with the series of flash fiction challenges, my next was for the Nonsense Writing Challenge, also on Chris Fielden’s site. “Trampoline” is my contribution to the challenge. Once Chris receives 100 authors for this piece, an anthology is published whereby profits raised go towards another chosen charity (details of which are available on his challenge page).
by Gavin Biddlecombe
“This bouncymathingy is defective,” shouted the Troll, dragging a trampoline behind him.
The flustered salesman, caught unawares, looked around him. Now the centre of unwanted attention, his other customers refrain from their spending activities, drawn in by the curious character.
“I’m sorry, sir, what seems to be the issue?”
“Just look at my horns. They’re bent.”
“Aren’t they always bent?”
The Troll pondered, “Good point. But still, look at my bashed head.”
“And this ‘bouncymathingy’ caused that?” asked the salesman, examining the item. “It looks fine to me. Did you fall off it?”
“Of course I didn’t fall off. I came in yesterday and had a recommended practice session before I bought it.”
“Yeah.” The Troll responded. “I was hoping to give those three gruffy billy goats a scare as they trotted passed. All I ended up with was this sore head.”
“And they did that to you?” asked the salesman.
“What? No. I had another practice before they turned up but it doesn’t seem to work very well under my bridge though.”
“You used it under the bridge?”
“Does it matter?”
“I imagine it’s a low bridge.”
“What’s your point?”
The salesman relaxed as his customers continued.