The prompt for this month’s Fiction in 50 words for October 25 is …Beware the … (You fill in the blank!)

For Romans the Ides of October is the 15th of the month, and nominally the day of the full moon.  In fact Tuesday was the new moon, and the full moon is on 27th, but then we’ve messed up the calendar since the Romans settled theirs.

I’m still in non-fiction mode since last Friday’s attempt. Well, all save the last line. I seem to remember the first name of our English teacher, Mr Colman, was Anthony.  He could even be reading this, but I doubt it.  Purists will object to the Fi50 being one word short, but I took the word ‘school’ out before ‘classroom’, as it seemed redundant.

Beware the Ides of October

“Et tu, Brute?” Mr Coleman stuttered, collapsing on the dais in the classroom.

It was always the best way to start a new school term.  Julius Caesar gave the kids such satisfaction in stabbing their teacher in the back.

This year was no exception.

Shame about the knife ban.

© J M Pett 2015

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6 thoughts on “#Fi50 – Beware the Ides of October

  • 15 October, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Hmm. Extra hazards of teaching. Or was it a hazard of being a student?

    • 15 October, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Depends on the pomposity of the teacher 😉

  • 15 October, 2015 at 6:47 am

    ‘Ouch’, I take it Mr Coleman could have been more popular?
    xxx Huge Hugs Jemima xxx

    • 15 October, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      It can never be easy for a young man teaching in a girls school, but I guess he was late twenties, thought himself superior, and we knew it 🙂 Maybe he was very nice, but he only lasted one year.
      The post-docs we had teaching science when we were in the sixth were yummy, although the one that got the 4th year had a lot to put up with! Girls!!

  • 15 October, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Those WH&S guys are such killjoys! Thanks for playing again – I haven’t even written mine yet, but I have a vague idea I will try to squash into 50 words.

    • 15 October, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Looking forward to it Bruce! This got moved about four times this month, that’s why it’s so early.

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