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In Warmer Climes

“Pass us that hat would you?” Death asked, “These midges seem to be making a buffet out of my scalp.” “You sure?” Looking at the hat he was referring to I wondered if it was more than the midges getting to him. Hot countries always left him a bit, well, off. “Just hand it over already.” I shrugged but did as he said. The previous owner didn’t seem to mind too much, but then again he was already halfway across the Otherside and what was left was raw meat about to turn bad. “Five more,” I said. “Then we’re done.” friday-fictioneers

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Ha!ha!”Hot countries always left him a bit, well, off”-loved this and “raw meat about to turn bad.”-very funny! Or, maybe I am twisted to think of death as funny 😛 Cool take on the prompt Carol 🙂

  2. i know i’m not supposed to laugh at such a serious subject, but, pardon me, i can’t help myself.

  3. Great story Carol, there seem to be a lot of stories about death and associated occasions. Must be a lot of like minded writers out there.

  4. Humorous story and done well. Death wearing a hat? Somehow I’ve always pictured him with the hood and cape. I guess that’s now old-fashioned.

    • There are some fantastic versions of Death out there. I just like the idea of him wearing a stupid hat to fend of midges.
      Thanks for the comment. 😀

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  6. I love how you say so much while saying so little!

    And, I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I feel a bit of Beckett (whom I LOVE) in your words. I’ll have to check out some more of your writing and see if it’s a continuing theme…!

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