Here is my offering for Alastair’s Photo Fiction this week, inspired by the photo below. Why not take part? And why not visit his photography and writing blog to take a look at his other photos…?
– Jankers –
All the boys had second jobs when they weren’t on a tour of duty, but no way could you be working in Civvy Street whilst in uniform. Paul pictured his bag of clothes making their merry way on the 6.41am to Swansea without him. What an idiot.
Money was scarce these days, but the sight of his ice cream cart persuaded even the tightest fist to loosen up for a 99-flake, especially at his local hospital’s fundraiser. He scanned the crowds for signs of military bearing amongst the happy family groups. No, he was safe.
Satisfied, he crouched down, rummaging in his cart for more napkins. A shadow grew tall on the grass next to him, ram-rod straight, stretching out forever. Sweat prickled between his shoulder blades. Damn – he couldn’t even look the soldier in the face. If it was his Warrant Officer, he was done for….
“Corporal Jones! What the hell d’you think you’re playing at?”
Paul’s head snapped up, recognising the voice as if it was his own.
“Dad! Thank God! I though I was done for!”
“Here’s a change of clothes, son. Now get a move on before you get caught for real.”
And for those of you scratching your heads at my choice of title this week, take a look here.
8 thoughts on “Jankers – Alastair’s Photo Fiction”
Your offering and mine have Wales and 99 Flake in common! I was almost as afraid as Paul; well-built right up to the last sentence.
This just goes to show how our environments influence our writing…
I’m glad you were in suspense 🙂
Well done, and it was nice how you moved us towards the encounter.
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the ending 🙂
Poor Paul. Thank goodness it was his Da. I liked this – suspense built up nicely.
Indeed! Maybe he’ll keep an eye on his civvies next time 🙂 Thank you!
Dad saves the day!
I know! What a relief! 🙂