I'm Sorry?

Avatar Author: Funky Chunky *Always* feel free to write sequels or prequels to my stories. I love reading where other writers take my ideas. I was born in 1961 (old codger). I started writing for fun over Christmas 2011. I was recommended Ficly b... Read Bio

I was walking, weaving, ducking, diving my way down Oxford Street on a crowded busy Wednesday afternoon last summer when I was suddenly confronted by
this tiny woman with spiky blue hair. I don’t mean it was a ‘blue rinse’ or that it had been gelled in a slightly upward style. I mean that it was an outrageous bright electric blue and had been carefully formed into about fifty cones all pointing outwards as if she was trying to imitate Sonic or something.

She was clearly trying to ask a question and hadn’t noticed I had my cans on. So I popped out my ear-candies. “I’m sorry?” I said.

“c?ny?d?r?ctm?t?th?r??lw?yst?t?n?” she said.

“I’m so sorry I didn’t quite catch that”. Not quite; I hadn’t caught any of it.

“c4ny??d?r3ctm3t?th3r41lw4yst4t1?n?”

Oh no, here comes the third one. “Pardon?”

“Canyoudirectmetotherailwaystation?”

“Can you drive me really insane?!”. Probably. Can’t have been what she said. Can it?

“Can you direct me to the railway station?”

“Oh… I’m so sorry it took me so long to get it.”

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  1. Avatar mark.i.wang

    I like the use of the crypto-language. Very experimental, and it works in this context. Also you may want to consider italics for thought – that helps distinguish.

  2. Avatar Funky Chunky

    Thanks, Mark. Unfortunately down to exactly 0 characters on this one!

  3. Avatar Funky Chunky

    Thanks, AVMW! Do you fancy writing a sequel or prequel to it?

  4. Avatar Sanglorian

    You communicate well that awkward feeling of having to ask someone to say something a second or third time – I always feel like the bad guy, and usually just pretend to have understood them … Although I guess you can’t do that if they’re asking a question!