A Hard Lesson

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The town’s wood water pipes were frozen solid for six weeks, even the fire station was without water. However Charlie was happy for the snow was knee deep, and the lake was ice bound, the sledging would be great. Charlie was just about to set off with his mates, when his father called him into the kitchen. Sorry Charlie but I need your sledge today to deliver the mail, sorry old chap. Charlie shouted that he would never be a postman. Later Charlie would cry, as two of his friends drowned when their sledge broken through the ice.

This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    Oh that guilt of being a survivor…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Guilt seems to run through both of my posts this week, strange!

  2. wmqcolby

    Very good, Michael. No worries about the guilt angle, get as much as you can out of it.

    The structure was superb! Characters were drawn and the end intriguing. Wonderful!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much for your great comments. Mike

  3. Siobhan McNamara

    A hard lesson indeed! Excellent characterisation

  4. Sandra

    Fate took a hand, I guess.

  5. gahlearner

    Oh no, I read in the wrong order. Poor Charlie…

  6. draliman

    Tragic. It seems fate saved Charlie that day.

  7. mickwynn2013

    Great characterisation and depiction of a feeling everyone who didn’t get on the Titanic or a plane that crashed must feel.

  8. Patrick Prinsloo

    Well written little tragedy.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, Patrick

  9. rgayer55

    Saved by the postal service. How tragic for his friends.

    1. Michael Humphris

      This weeks prompt delivered tragedy to my pen, strange. Thank you for taking the time to read. Mike

  10. aliciajamtaas

    Delightfully different take on the prompt!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, Mike

  11. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    As John Lennon wrote, life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    1. Michael Humphris

      So true, I sometimes wonder what lyrics and music John Lennon would have gone on to produce had he been allowed to live a longer life.

    2. Michael Humphris

      So true, I sometimes wonder what lyrics and music Lennon would have gone on to produce had he been allowed to lived longer

    3. Michael Humphris

      So true, I sometimes wonder what lyrics and music Lennon would have gone on to produce had he been allowed to lived longer

  12. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    Sometimes we thank God for unanswered prayers.

  13. Tena Carr

    It is lucky for Charlie that his sledge was needed, but whatba tragedy for his friends, and for Charlie – dealing with the loss of his friends.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I am often surprised by the differing stories that come out of the prompts. Mike

  14. patriciaruthsusan

    That was close. We never know what twists and turns life will take, Well done Michael. —- Suzanne

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