The Perfect Delivery #microcosms #shortstory

This was written for Microcosms 69 using the prompt of character: Postman/mailman; place: castle; genre: romance.


‘A new van?’ Marge walked round her son, Herbies’ shiny new vehicle. It was very red and full of fancy equipment.

‘Management have been pushing for this, ever since they won the contract for exclusive rights to all deliveries. The kit’s part of it.’  Herbie couldn’t hide his pride.

Marge sounded nervous. ‘Are they training you to use this?’

‘Muuuum. Perlease. It’s just buttons and stuff.’

‘What are you delivering then?’


Herbie eased the van slowly up the track towards the Castle. To some it was just a three-bedroomed semi with castellations, but Herbie thought it impressive. And this was his first ‘new’ delivery; a good place to start.

Dranta Parsons waddled to the door, regretting for the umpteenth time her lack of help. She held her distended tummy in her right hand as she opened the door.

Herbie smiled at her bump. ‘Delivery for you.’ He wheeled forward a trolley box with a plastic cover and a series pipes and cables attached to it.

Dranta squinted at the trolley. ‘What’s that? It looks like… an incubator.’

Herbie glanced at his handheld device. ‘That’s right, madam. I’ll bring the rest in shortly.’

He met her astonished stare. ‘But I don’t need that yet. I’m not due.’

Herbie’s gaze didn’t waver. ‘I think that’ll change in… five… four…’

As Herbie said ‘one’ she griped her sides. ‘Geez,’ she hissed. ‘How did you know?’

‘These days we have to be precise about when we make our deliveries madam. You can’t just say between 9 and 5!”


Herbie mopped Dranta’s brow. She was beautiful.

Dranta studied Herbies comfortable hands. He was the first man who she had ever trusted, ever felt comfortable with. ‘You’re quite something, Herbie. Do you deliver everything?’

‘Yes madam!”

‘How about delivering me from this life next?’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
This entry was posted in creative writing, prompt and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to The Perfect Delivery #microcosms #shortstory

  1. 😀 😀 😀 How you get from the prompt to this I don’t know – but it’s just great!! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  2. You’re a true romantic. Had we going “awwwwww” at the end.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Charli Mills says:

    Wow, that’s a deep take on delivering and classic plot twisting.

    Liked by 1 person

If you would like to reply please do so here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.