J is for JINGLE

Welcome to Day 10 of the Third Annual A to Z Challenge!

My theme my 26 fiction posts will revolve around something musical – it could be anything, as long as it's musically-related… maybe a song title, an artist/band, musical terminology, musical instruments, words relating to sound/rhythm/movement/dance etc.

MUSICAL ASSOCIATION/CONNECTION. JINGLE – a short tune used in advertising and for other commercial uses; it contains one or more hooks and lyrics that explicitly promote the product being advertised, usually through the use of one or more advertising slogans.


When you’re single, your pockets will jingle – and you’re free to mingle!

Mmmmph! A confirmed bachelor for 33 years and Humphrey had yet to hear the sound of anything remotely close to coins, jingling in his pockets.

I suppose he should have been concentrating on the notes. But, his mother always told him to “look after the pennies and the pounds will take care of itself”. 

She was a wise woman, his mother… She had raised three healthy children and ensured that all three had received a decent education. And they were practical, level-headed children… knew all about saving for a rainy day…

So why were his pockets mostly empty? It’s not that he was lazy, or anything… On the contrary, he was a hardworking and well-respected figure in the legal fraternity. He had earned the title of "up-and-coming-legal-eagle", a phrase which had stuck with him and was synonymous with his sharp eye that could pinpoint a significant detail a mile off. In his trademark grey suit, complete with briefcase and a pair of pince-nez on the bridge of his nose, he cut quite a dashing figure! 

So why wasn’t he mingling… well, he was… sort of… but not as much as he ought to be! Maybe he was frequenting the wrong spots…

 A Friday regular at the local pub where all the juniors met over a pint, to indulge in “shop-talk” and partake in a heated legalese debate, he was tired of the same-old, same-old… he needed a change.

So on the day that he was invited by one of the senior partners, to a weekend getaway at an out-of-town casino, he jumped at the opportunity to get away from his hum-drum weekend existence.

When he succumbed to the charms of a red-headed siren, perched at the end of the black-jack table on the gaming floor, he knew that his luck would change.

In for a penny, in for a pound… little did he know that popular saying would take on a whole new meaning for him!

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  1. The Golden Eagle on April 11, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    That doesn't sound too good for Humphrey . . . LOL.
    The Golden Eagle
    <a href="http://thegoldeneaglesblog.blogspot.com">The Eagle's Aerial Perspective</a>

    • michelle on April 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      I agree… even though he thinks otherwise… 🙂

  2. Elise Fallson on April 11, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I had to google "In for a penny, in for a pound" lol! I'd never heard that saying before. But now I see poor Humphrey is in for quite a ride… wish there was more!!!!

    • michelle on April 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      I just don't have the time to give more to these pieces…:) I call myself a Story-Starter-Specialist… LOL!

  3. Jocelyn Rish on April 12, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Another cliff hanger ending! *shakes fist at you*  Haven't read the term pince-nez in a while – nice!

    • michelle on April 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Sorreeeeeee…. 🙁 I thought that pince-nez would add something unique to his character….

  4. MAJK on April 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I'm eager to see how this goes for Humphrey but I must tell you I saw the image and immediately the old Coca cola Jingle "I'd like to teach the world to sing.." went off in my head. 
         *~ MAJK ~*
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    • michelle on April 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      I know that jingle – it's a real feel-good song! Now it's gonna be ringing in my head for the rest of the day.

  5. mary aalgaard on April 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    This is very well written.
    <a href=http://maryaalgaard.blogspot.com>Play off the Page</a>

    • michelle on April 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks Mary!

  6. Kristine Asselin on April 12, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks for visiting, Michelle! I love your post, great idea to go w/ themed posts! My hat is off to you!

    • michelle on April 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Thank you Kristine – though I think you are the smart one to go with short, stress-free, non-fiction posts! Very wise idea!

  7. Pamela Jo on April 12, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks for the follow. Poor Humphrey, I think his hum-drum life is about to get more exciting than he thought.
    Pamela Jo

    • michelle on April 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      The red-headed siren will make sure of that… never you worry! Poor Humphrey, he has NO IDEA what he's about to get into…

  8. Pat Carroll Marcantel on April 13, 2012 at 4:19 am

    Another good one. Once again we are left wanting more. Congrats!

    • michelle on April 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Isn't that the general idea, Ms.Pat? The cliff-hanger approach works every time!

  9. Debbie on April 13, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Once again, I can picture exactly who Humphrey is and what he looks like, and once again, I really feel for him, and can only imagine the scary ride he is in for.

  10. michelle on April 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks Debbie, you have a wonderful active and vivid imagination…  and you've made me smile! 🙂

  11. Rekha on April 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Poor Humprey, some people don't have the luck, nbetter off saving the pennies watching the pounds. Reminds me of me except the nice career part. Imaginative and a tad naughty.

  12. michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Ah, Rek… I love your comments and look forward to them! You always say just the right things! Thanks for the support!

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