The Puzzling Plight of Reginald T. Badweather

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“Cease your blubbering at once!” Colonel Reginald T. Badweather III (who was not a colonel at all) set his monocle in his right eye and placed his hands on his ample sides. He glared down at the young woman mourning in his office. Of course, it was only an office insomuch as there was a door between the two folding chairs and the outside world.

“Really, now, stop your boohooing! I’ll not have you dampening this establishment. I really won’t!” The girl burst into tears anew. The colonel rolled his eyes, removed a handkerchief from his coat pocket with an exaggerated gesture, and handed it to the woman.

“How can you be so insensitive? My husband is dead!”

“Your husband is nothing of the sort,” he replied, incorrectly. If anyone in the world was the sort to be dead, it was her husband.

“But, the body?” she wailed melodically. A most impressive feat, to say the least.

“Fakery!” he declared, shaking his fist at the heavens, though the heavens had done nothing to deserve such treatment. “And I shall prove it!”

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  1. Avatar Sanglorian

    I like your parodying of overwrought writing.

    The first paragraph leaves me cold, however. I think there’s too much telling, not enough showing – and what I’m being told doesn’t add much.

  2. Avatar kaellinn18

    Hmm, reading the first paragraph again, I think you are right. Thanks for the criticism. Adjustments have been made.

  3. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    Funny and clever, with a real humdinger of s central character… I don’t know about the word ‘sides’ in the first paragraph, is there something more visual you could use – stomach, thighs?

    Enjoyable, well done… MH :)

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