Singing in Manx at the Highland Games

Hi, and thanks for stopping by! This story is for the Friday Fictioneers blog challenge, which Rochelle Wisoff-Fields hosts. Find her original post at this link. You are most welcome to come and play along.

Flash Fiction

The Photo Prompt


For my blind and visually impaired readers, I’ll describe what I see in this photo. It’s an underexposed photo of a  festival with tents to the right and a raised stage to the left. There’s something that I have no idea what is sticking up, resembling a super-long surfboard on its end. It seems to have letters on it, but I can’t make sense of them. There might be an instrument case leaning against the platform thing, though it could be something else. And there are people all around with a couple on the platform. The sky is partly cloudy.

The Inspiration

I used to go to the Highland Games in Estes Park, Colorado when I lived in the area. My friends and I rented a cabin and dressed in our SCA garb. Most of us competed in the folk music competition.

The Story: Singing in Manx at the Highland Games

Genre: Memoir

Word count: 100

Dressed in sixteenth-century garb befitting the Highland Games, I told my guide dog, “Thunder, find the mic.” Tail wagging, she led me to it and lay down.

“Does anybody here besides Cait from Iona speak Manx?” I asked.

Lots of chuckles, no’s, and a couple yesses.

“Well then, I should tell you that I learnt from a Manx cat, so if I mispronounce a word or sing with a feline accent, please blame my tutor, Onyx.”

“And for the rest of us, this song entreats people to get off the barstool and go home.”

Laughter erupted. I took second place.


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