No Eggscuse

“Reopen the Humpty Dumpty case. Jack Horner did it!”

Police smash through JH’s door with a big red key, drag the little boy from the corner & confiscate his pie.

“Y’ got nothin’ on me,” says JH, showing his true colours: a hardened criminal disguised as a little boy.

“GUILTY” says the Judge before they even get to court.

“But how?”

The Magistrate thrusts a thumb in the pie, pulls out a plum, some eggshell & an ‘I did it’ note.

“The proof is in the pudding,” he says.

“This is a stitch-up!” complains JH.

It only takes one bad egg
to spoil the metaphor

Egg installation @Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
These are plaster eggs, not real

Published by mike olley

Mike Olley writes short fiction. He has two collections of very short stories available, Better and Mind Clearance. His work has also been published online as well as in several anthologies. Originally from London, he spent a few years in Spain before a quirk of fate brought him back to live in an English seaside town. He now spends his time gathering storylines washed in by the sea.

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