Saturday, May 23, 2015

Walking

The prompt at Sunday Scribblings 2 this week is Walking.

The train was on time, I managed to get a seat, and the coffee on board was drinkable. I walked out of the train station into an alien world. I had just thirty minutes to find my way to my appointment.

I saw a priest and asked him where I could find Higgledy House. ‘Ah’ he boomed. ‘Walk onward until you come upon St Christopher’s. Take the right turn and go forward to St. Peters. Cross at the junction, then look out for a synagogue on the other side. Then ask again’

I did as I was told, then caught sight of a fellow on a bench. He looked as if he’d had a couple of drinks, but there was no one else around so I asked him to direct me to Higgledy House. ‘See the Black Horse? Well go – hic - past it, then go on until you see the - burp- Pig and Whistle. Go left and when you get to the Kings Head ask again’ 


When I got there I found an old lady struggling along on her Zimmer frame. ‘Can you point toward Higgledy House please?’ ‘Yes young man’ she croaked. ‘See the doctor’s surgery? Turn left there then walk until you see the Sunset Retirement Home. Go over the bridge and you’ll see the Age Concern shop. Walk past the hospice and you’ll see it next to the District Hospital’. I thanked her and continued on my way.

There at last! I strode through the door, walked up to an extremely glamorous receptionist and announced my arrival. ‘I think you may have got the wrong place’ she said. ‘This is Raggedy Hall, not Higgledy House. You need to go out again, and when you see Buzz Fashion turn right. Go past Glitz Shoes and continue until you see Diamonds Jewellers. Just beyond Miss Trendy Boutique you’ll see the train station. Higgledy House is next to it. 


I made it on time, had my interview and got the job! I wandered into St Christopher’s Church to offer up a prayer of thanks, then marched into the Pig and Whistle were I had a celebratory drink.... and another celebratory drink and another. I staggered out, tripped over damaging my designer trousers and ended up in the District Hospital! 


12 comments:

  1. Seeing the town through others eyes! What a great ramble Keith. Now you will feel quite at home knowing where everything is!

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  2. What a trip - sorry couldn't help myself - St Christopher wasn't much help was he..and just where is that on time train with drinkable coffee...you know somethings up if that occurs...

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    1. Haha! I guess you worked out it was pure fiction!

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  3. Haha! Funny and quirky. Sounds like an interesting town.

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  4. I really enjoyed how each person's directions reflected their lifestyle. You are very clever. Your flash fiction pieces never fail to entertain and enthrall me.

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    1. Thanks so much Darla. I so appreciate your input

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  5. Wonderful story. Hope you didn't have to stay in District Hospital too long, and they held the job for you! :-)

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    1. You'll you pleased to know it all worked out perfectly!

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  6. At least the job was gotten, but what an effort to do so!

    betty

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    1. It was worth it! Thanks for commenting Betty

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