CCC#63: Llamas? (flash fiction)





“We’re here.” Jess announced as she parked the car. They both got out and walked up to the fence. “What do you think?”

“Llamas?” Cindy asked looking doubtfully.

“I thought they could be a good addition to our farm.” Jess explained.

“But we grow corn.” Cindy countered.

“They would be a nice and profitable sideline. There is a good market for their wool.”

“But aren’t they dangerous?” Cindy asked.

“Yes llamas are extremely dangerous. If you ever see one, you must shout out: “LOOK OUT THERE ARE LLAMAS!”” Jess replied.

“Really?” Cindy’s mouth was wide open. Jess laughed.

“They can be a bit stroppy and bad tempered at times, but I’m sure we can handle them. Anyway it’s an alpaca, not a llama.” Jess informed her.

“What’s the difference?”

“Llamas are bigger and have longer faces, and banana shaped ears apparently.”

Cindy still looked at the alpaca doubtfully.



Joanne Fisher


Word count: 148


This story alluded to the Monty Python Llama sketch in memory of Terry Jones who died this week.


This was written with the photo prompt provided by Crimson’s Creative Challenge #63.



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13 thoughts on “CCC#63: Llamas? (flash fiction)

  1. Brilliant. And so many thanks for the Monty Python clip; a great influence on my emerging creativity when young and probably the source of my odd sense of humour. Amongst the team, Terry Jones was my favourite. There’s no one to replace him. The current flush of comedic actors tend to do silly not clever.

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    1. I’ve always loved Monty Python and, like you, I think it’s a source for a lot of my humour too.

      Yes Terry Jones’s death has been hard to deal with. As a medieval historian, which was also my field of study, he often offered quite interesting perspectives. I loved his series on the Crusades. It helped show what it was really like.

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      1. Agreed. As you might have noticed, medieval history is also my thing, and his… one might call it *exposee* of the Crusades was brilliantly done. I love anything that sweeps away the factoids (fictions passed off as facts) that obscure so much of our history.

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      2. People are still horribly misinformed about it. After the mosque shooting here, there was a debate about should we be really calling our local rugby team the Crusaders? I’ve always been against that name anyway, but the amount of ignorance about what the crusades were and how they began was staggering. I tried to tell people what actually happened then, but I felt like I had very little impact on them. I found it all very frustrating.

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      3. And the fact that most of the knightly class and above were promised absolution of their sins (by the pope) if they went to the Holy Land and slaughtered the lot!
        But they weren’t the only Crusades. The call to Christianity was loud and bloody in Moorish Spain, and in the pagan Slavic countries. And we point our fingers are Moslems? But in fairness, the Middle Ages were all round bloody, while we strive for universal peace these days.

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