Writing Prompt #5: “Don’t Slip” by Magpie at Midnight

Today’s writing prompt comes courtesy of Rose Thompson, who blogs at Magpie at Midnight, where she is “a sometimes artist, film maker, and writer.” I like bananas quite a lot. Besides being packed with valuable nutrients, they are a staple of the classic comedy I grew up with. Can you think of an opening of a story involving slipping on a banana peel or just bananas in general, humorous or no. 🙂

The Magpie at Midnight

When I was a kid I used to spend my weekend mornings watching the TV with my sister. On the UK terrestrial channels we used to get mornings of programming that included a range of different programmes and quiz shows, and these frequently included slapstick inspired cartoons like Tom and Jerry. We used to watch a lot of stuff, and much of it I cannot remember. But do remember moments from the cartoons, and it was not unusual for these cartoons to feature a banana skin and a crucial moment in the chase.

It’s been a long time now since I saw a chase scene in which a crucial moment depends on an unfortunate encounter with a banana skin. However I recently saw this actual banana skin on the road and felt compelled to take a photograph of it. I was very attracted to the bright warm yellow on the…

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