Microcosms 85

Flash, I love you! But we only have twenty-four hours to write an entry for Microcosms 85!”

But where are my manners? Welcome, one and all, to this week’s contest! That quote from the 1980 kitsch SciFi classic “Flash Gordon” popped into my noggin as I began to collate the post; it seemed ripe for parody for our blog. But enough of my meanderings; on to this week’s challenge…

My wife and I have a “surrogate” daughter. She came to live with us as a teenager for two weeks… and stayed for three years – including our move from London to the south coast of England. Since she came to regard us as her “surrogate” Mum and Dad,  when she married, I was proud to give her away – a role which necessitated giving a Father of the Bride speech at the reception.

Sadly, the marriage ended in divorce some years back, but now she has found her soulmate. The marriage takes place in September, and once again, I’m called upon to make that speech.

The question is: do I compose it from scratch or, since half the people attending will not have heard the first, and the other half will probably have forgotten it after more than ten years, do I just fudge the original?

So, seeking inspiration, I thought I’d throw it open to you lovely people, and see what you can come up with!



(If YOU have an idea for a future contest and would like to be guest host, please contact us.)


Our contest this week begins with THREE things: character, setting and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Father, setting: Transylvanian Castle, and genre: Memoir.

Write a story using those OR feel free to click on the “Spin!” button, and the slot machine will come up with a new set – character, setting and genre. You can keep clicking until you have a set of elements that inspires you.

*** HEY! Remember to include which THREE elements you’re using AND a title for your entry ***


  • Father
  • Birth or Adoptive Mother
  • Divorcees
  • Bridesmaid or Page Boy
  • Inebriated Vicar
  • TWO Brides (Same Sex Wedding)
  • Best Man
  • Caterer
  • Transylvanian Castle
  • Orient Express
  • Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
  • Cana
  • Space Tourist Flight
  • Antarctica
  • Hollywood Film Studios
  • Hawaian Beach
  • Horror
  • Memoir
  • Drama
  • Sci-Fi
  • Crime
  • Comedy
  • Thriller
  • Poetry


Judging this week is MC 84’s Judge’s Pick, Steph Ellis.

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time (EDT) to submit.

*** If you are new to Microcosms, remember to check out the full submission guidelines. ***

All being well, results will be posted on Monday.

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