Photo copyright: Dawn

Photo copyright: Dawn Miller.

Travel guide Annie was wondering about her future, the tour company she worked for had filed for bankruptcy.

Seeing the world unfold as she climbed the well worn steps, she was used to seeing flakes of the brick falling, but this was a shower. A quick glance upwards suggested a falling child, instinct took over as she grabbed clothes and flesh. She was aware of falling, and that the steps made for a hard surface. When she came too, she was saw a young women lying beside her. Trying to move her wrist gave way. She woke up in a Baghdad hospital, nearby a young European man was resting, his look of concern was palpable.

Flying back to England, Annie wondered about the events that had led to her being taken on to oversee the recuperation of the young women she had grabbed hold of. Annie had saved the girls life, but it was likely that Wilomeana would have to spend the rest of her life using a wheelchair. Resting back in the medivac aircraft Annie watched as her new employer stroked the hair of his wife. Their future might now consist of tea in an English country garden.


I intend that this is the last peg in what has been a group of stories set around the character Septimius Sidebottom. The story perhaps illustrates why the Reverend Sidebottom, always forgave Annie McDuffy the mistakes that she would regularly make.

Although I have finished using these characters in flash fiction posts, I do hope to pen more about their adventures. Perhaps a novelette.

This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Iain Kelly

    A bit of back story that explains a lot. Look forward to the novella.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain, I hope that I do not disappoint you.

  2. Sheena

    Like Iain said- looking forward to the novelette. Interesting characters.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sheena, time will tell if I can bring the characters to life, I do hope so.

  3. yarnspinnerr

    It would make a lovely flash back that explains all in a movie.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to read your comment, thank you Yarnspinnerr.

      1. yarnspinnerr

        Always welcome.

  4. Sunday Fiction

    Good flash back Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you SF – it is now time for me to write about different characters.

      1. Sunday Fiction

        I always enjoy your stories, so I look forward to your next stories

        1. Michael Humphris

          It is lovely of you to say so. I will try not to disappoint to often. Thank you.

  5. Sascha Darlington

    I’m sorry that I haven’t read the other tales leading up to this one, but this does indeed work very well as a flashback.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sascha – I did not set out to write a series of stories, it just happened. Perhaps one day I will revisit them and tie them together.

  6. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    I haven’t read the other stories either so I was a bit confused. i’m glad you explained it was a flashback.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sorry Dawn. I now understand why serial Flash Fiction is not a good thing.

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