Merit Badge #SampleSunday

Here’s another bit from SIDESHOW IN THE CENTER RING, my science fiction comedy of bad manners starring the wiseass Connie Phelan.

Merit Badge

by Marian Allen

merit badgeDarryl flashed a big smile when he saw me, and signaled me to join his group.

“Come tell them how it was,” he said.

“I’m saving it for the autobiography.”

“Come talk to me.” He gave me what, I supposed, was meant to be a seductive look.

“No can do. My lawyer will call your lawyer.”

He laughed, and the Socialites loved it all.

Marissa stuck to Darryl like a leech. She had it bad, that one. I’d warned her. She’d been so sure she could handle him.

“Good work, Connie!” Jackie Eastman gave me a onearmed squeeze. “Darryl’s been telling how you out-maneuvered him. He doesn’t seem to be angry; he seems to think it was all in good fun. –That’s quite a relief.”

I blew a raspberry.

“It’s a relief to me, is that all right?”

“Sure, sure. Be my guest.”

“Tiph … er … I don’t know that congratulations are exactly in order, here, but….”

“My thanks are in order. I’ll never forget your kindness.”

Jackie blushed. Even his scalp turned rose-pink. “I didn’t do anything.”

“There goes your medal,” I said.

“My medal? Oh, my medal.” He laughed.

“Did you ever think you’d see the day when I’d own slaves and you’d be proud?”

He shook his head. “These people make you crazy. They’re an alternate universe. But never mind them. –Now for Honey.”

“‘Now for Honey’ nothing.” I may look stupid, but I was quick enough to make this connection. “If you think I’m going to let Darryl slobber on my hand and then slap me upside the head for the sake of Honey, you’ve got another think coming. Tiph didn’t know what she was getting into when she sold herself to That Man. Honey did.”

“But this is our chance! He’s given it to us, himself!”

“What’s all this ‘us’ stuff? I only have to do one good deed a day to get my merit badge.”


SIDESHOW IN THE CENTER RING is available at Amazon in print and for Kindle and Kindle apps.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character does something dreadful that’s better than something worse.




I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Merit Badge #SampleSunday

  1. Jane

    February 22, 2015 at 10:37am

    Wow, what a great excerpt and a great prompt.

    Doing something dreadful….whew!

    That’s either a high-strung oversized novel or a flash fiction!

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      Marian Allen

      February 22, 2015 at 1:33pm

      If anybody can cut the heart out of a high-strung oversized novel and display it beautifully in a flash fiction window, it’s you, girlfriend!

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