Walking Away

Walking Away

Thursday, 20 August 2015


Wrote this flash fairly quickly last Saturday and it came 2nd or 1st runner-up in The Angry Hourglass weekly competition. You are given a picture prompt and a word limit of 360 and off you go..... For once I really liked my story :)



I’d watched that film it had a girl’s name. The car was a killer. It just mowed everything down, guts and gore everywhere. I’d sat hiding my eyes behind a cushion. Johnny laughed at me saying I was missing the best bits and tried to wrestle the cushion from me. I ended up bruised on the floor, if I hadn’t moved quickly I would have had a real shiner of a black eye. Johnny called them play fights my social worker calls it assault but I wouldn’t press charges didn’t seem right he’s my boyfriend after all.  

My social worker says I need to work on my self esteem. I deserve better. Not sure about that, can’t see Prince Harry come knocking on my door any time now. I’d have nothing nice to wear and his dad wouldn’t want him going out with me Christine from the council estate.

When Jason from up the road asked if I wanted to sit in his new American car I knew he meant something else but the car reminded me of the one in that film. I sat in the driver’s seat whilst his hands roamed over my body. If you squint your eyes a little bit he looks like Prince Harry, well he has ginger hair.  

The police were really nice to me. I was in shock the paramedics said. I’d started up the car. Jason was giving me a driving lesson but I didn’t realise it was an automatic. Put my foot down just as Johnny came around the corner. Guts and gore just like that film. The police weren’t too bothered that I didn’t have a provisional driving license more interested in the drug stash in the boot. Jason will be in prison a very long time. My social worker says I’ve been very lucky. No injuries, no charges. After Johnny’s funeral she’s going to help me enrol at college. She says I’m cleverer than I think.       

Sunday, 9 August 2015

How Time Flies

Can't believe it been 6 months since my last post. Lots of things have happened since then. The most life changing is I've given 5 months notice to terminate my employment and take my NHS pension. My last working day will be 28th August and last paid day 31st August which happens to be Bank Holiday Monday :)  So only 15 more working days before I plunge into a new phase.

I've got so much planned I'm going  to learn Polish. My son lives in Poland with his fiancĂ©e hence that's why that language was chosen.
I'm going back to the Gym. I've been paying monthly charges since the year dot without much attendance during the last 4 years.
I'm going to enrol for Pilates lessons. Learn to play the ukulele so my good friend Sal and I can start a Ukulele Ensemble ;)
Join a Reading Group and a Writer's Group. I've already got tickets for theatre productions in September. Write a novel and the most important task collect my 4 year old grandson from school on a Tuesday and Friday, play with him till his mum returns from work.
I will also have more time to see my parents, both are 89 years old, still managing to live in their own home. My dad has Alzheimers, my mum, still as sharp as a knife.

I'll officially be an Old Age Pensioner on 6th November 2016 when I get my state pension. I'm trying to organise myself a loose Five Year Plan and after that who knows :) My sister died last year just before her 64th birthday which made me want to be more mindful.... LIVE IN THE DAY.......

In July I was visiting Sal in her home town of Morecambe and she took me to see an amazing graveyard in Heysham with the WOW factor. I walked around the corner and literally caught my breathe. I can't be the only person who loves graveyards. I find them fascinating. This one looks like its literally going into the sea. It isn't, there is a brick wall acting as a sea defence :) Thank you Sal for that perfect moment. 

Things I like

  • Writing
  • Wit
  • Voltaire's Candide
  • Theatre
  • Shoes
  • Reading
  • Music
  • Laughter
  • Coleslaw
  • Cheese