Today’s Flash Fiction Friday scene uses the words left in the comments of last week’s post:
mutatis mutandis – mansuetude
And now everyone reading this can join me in a round of “Nell is a big meanie” for leaving me with those prompt words! 🤪
Nah…just kidding. Nell is the sweetest of the sweet!
And actually, the words worked out quite nicely, I think, so maybe we should give Nell a big round of thanks, instead. 😁
After spending the last five weeks writing an alternate universe rescue scene for ’Til Death Do Us Part, I thought I’d go with a random standalone bit of flash fiction today. But “mutatis mutandis” called out for an attorney character, and Blaine from King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate fit that bill, so I went with a fun little bonus scene for that, instead. This scene will still stand alone nicely, so you needn’t read that short story first to appreciate it, but it is free, so…you know…why not read it, too (links below)?
Told from Blaine’s 3rd-person POV:
“Sorry.” Blaine pulled his ringing phone out of the inside breast pocket of his suit and scowled at it as George closed the door to his apartment.
“No worries,” George said. Despite the man’s rough-looking exterior, there was an unmistakable mansuetude defining his demeanor. Nothing ever seemed to ruffle his feathers. The best part about it was the calming effect it had on people around him—on Blaine in particular.
Blaine’s smile returned as he pressed a button and moved the phone to his ear. “Janice, is it good news or bad?”
“Good!” Janice replied. “The affidavit arrived in time, and we got the brief filed before end-of-business.”
“Mutatis mutandis per the affidavit, or were changes unnecessary?” he asked.
“Fantastic. Thank you for handling that for me.”
“No problem. Now we’re even,” she replied.
Blaine returned the phone to its pocket and grinned at George. “You look nice.” George still wore casual clothes, but Blaine caught a whiff of the apple scented soap George favored, and his beard was freshly trimmed. The tux George would wear in his buddy’s wedding remained protected in a thin plastic carrier bag and lay over the back of a chair. “Are you ready to go?”
“Unfortunately.” George’s eyes danced under his waggling eyebrows. “Since you’re going all ‘hakuna matata’ on me.”
Blaine snickered in what could best be described as a very non-Blaine way—at least, a very non-the-old-Blaine way. The new Blaine, relaxed in the company of Mr. “Hakuna Matata” himself, was rather wont to snicker and chuckle with abandon. But clearly, George wasn’t talking about the “no worries” definition of that Lion King reference.
“Mutatis mutandis?” Blaine moved closer when George growled his enjoyment of the Latin words. “Hmm…maybe you’re getting precisely quantum meruit.”
“No fair. I can’t be late. I’m the best man.” But George pulled him in for a hug anyway.
“But ultra posse nemo obligatur.”
“You asked for it.” George narrowed his eyes. “If my mass airflow sensor goes out before I get a chance to work on your crankshaft, don’t blame me.”
Blaine threw back his head and laughed. “Truce!”
George gave Blaine’s neck a nibble before letting go. “Rain check.” He picked up his tux. “Promise you’ll speak sweet legalese nothings in my ear when we get back.”
“Promitto.” So sue him—he had to get one more Latin word in just to see George’s eyes dilate.
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4 thoughts on “#FlashFictionFriday – Feb. 9, 2018 – King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate BONUS SCENE #FlashFic #AmWriting”
OH MY GOSH, you really took those words and ran with them, didn’t you?? Love it, love it, LOVE IT! Awesome job!
And thank you for making me smile, I really needed it after this week and everything with my dad. ❤️
Soooo, how do I top that for next week? taps chin and puts on thinking face Let’s go with “floating unicorn” (because on just sailed by in the pool outside my window) and “magical” 🙂 Have fun! 🙂
Hahaha! Thank you! ❤️ I should have fun with those prompts next week (and I won’t even have to research their definitions). I’m beginning to think maybe the weirder the words, the better off my muse and I am.
Aha! I’m considering THAT a challenge!! 😀 laughs evilly and skips over to Merriam-Webster