The Girl in the Wheelchair

Photo copyright: Yinglan

Photo copyright: Yinglan

It was seventy years since the squadron last flew together. Today only five of them had shuffled in to the hotel, each one of them using a walking aid, but Sally at reception saw how their faces lit up as they clocked each other. There was Edward next to the piano, Charles warming himself by the fire, Pete propping the bar up, Joe still trying to chat the girls up. Then there was Douglas, he had been the one who sent them up, then wrote to the family when they failed to return. Sally had never been able to get Douglas to smile. It was as if he still carried the weight of each pilots death on his shoulders.

Today Sally’s daughter was helping out at the hotel. Well helping out, maybe that was the wrong word, for Annie was in a wheelchair. As Annie’s wheelchair clipped Pete, Douglas’s face lit up; as he said, watch out old chap, the German airforce might have missed you, but that wee lass near took you out.

Mike attempting to  write.

Mike attempting to write.

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Varad

    The little pleasures for those bound by decades of regret. Well written, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Decades of memories also. Thank you Varad

  2. Priceless Joy

    A very heart touching story, Mike! Great take on the prompt!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you PJ. A few days before posting this, I spent a little time with a group of elderly men, this was a tribute to their story.

      1. Priceless Joy

        Wow, that is fascinating!

  3. Iain Kelly

    A lovely little touch that says so much. Nicely done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Some stories please me more than others, this was one of them, thank you Iain

  4. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

    A beautiful story. Hard to bear that ill founded guilt but such joy that he could protect those that were left.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Irene, on occasions one of my story will please me, this was one of those stories.

  5. yarnspinnerr

    A great read. Very well told.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you yarnspinnerr, this is a story I am pleased with myself,

  6. athling2001

    Well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Athling,

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