You may recall that a couple of weeks ago, I published a 100 word story entitled The Monster which I had previously entered (unsuccessfully) into the National Association of Writers’ Groups 100 Word Mini-Tales competition. Well, I’ve since decided to publish just one more of my entries here, mainly because I’ve already made reference to this particular story on previous posts and it seemed only apropos to let you read the thing.
As ever, what follows here is entirely my own work and has not been published anywhere else in the world, whether on print or online, nor do I expect it to be. And so, without further ado, I give you…
LITTLE THIEVES ARE HANGED
by. A Ferguson
Based on a true story
The junkie was talking before he reached the bus stop. Coming toe-to-toe with another gentleman who was waiting there, the junkie recounted his entire life story, occasionally tapping the gentleman’s stomach; a genial ‘wait-until-you-hear-this’ gesture.
The gentleman put his hands in his pockets. He glanced desperately towards me. I smiled, trying to reassure him.
An eternity passed before a bus finally spirited the junkie away, still talking as he embarked. The gentleman relaxed.
‘I’ve no idea who that was!’ He confided to me as my bus arrived.
I laughed and boarded the bus, fingering his wallet, safe in my pocket.
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