That Knock #carrotranch #99words

Jem hated his left foot. Clubbed, they called it. ‘It’s okay, son,’ they said. ‘You’re useful. Post has got to be delivered.’

He’d got at white feather, too, from the woman he’d given the telegram to. ‘We’re sorry to inform you…’

Couldn’t blame her being bitter. Might have been him if they’d let him go.

And now there were two telegrams for Mrs Cutts. The ‘sorry’ one and one saying Petey’d got the Military Medal. Petey Cutts used to tease him about his foot. She took both, hands shaking like she’d the palsy. Petey didn’t seem so cruel now.

This was written for this week’s #carrotranch prompt:

January 30, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a postal carrier in an extreme situation. Even if you base your story on a true one, focus on the core trait of this postal carrier. Go where the prompt leads!

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 three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com 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.
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19 Responses to That Knock #carrotranch #99words

  1. How sad. Great flash!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ritu says:

    Such a sad story… 😢

    Liked by 1 person

  3. willowdot21 says:

    Well written Geoff💜

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  4. I’m sure he has all kinds of emotions around this situation. Relief and guilt, sympathy and empathy. Well done.

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  5. arlingwoman says:

    Sad, but likely played out in real life…

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  6. Clever, Geoff, but he was still cruel to tease.

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  7. Jennie says:

    Wow! Quite a story, Geoff.

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