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Miss Halliday`s Hobby.

by Jubbly 

Posted: 28 July 2009
Word Count: 245
Summary: A re working of an old piece for the Kleptomania challenge.

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Heatherís Hobby

Heather Halliday had a guilty secret. Heather had no idea why she'd done what she'd done. It really wasnít in character, but she'd done it, nonetheless. She knew she should have put things right years ago, but there seemed always a reason not to.

Some sixty miles away, Margaret Thomas was about to get the surprise of her life. Margaret wasn't really one for surprises, they frightened her, and she was of a nervous disposition, a small woman with a small life, who'd lived in the same house as long as she could remember.

Nearly forty years ago when Margaret was just a girl, she'd lost her purse containing some photographs and £4 sterling. Terrible, really, considering her mother had sewn her name and address inside should she ever mislay it.

Heather deposited the padded envelope in the post box and went home for a cup of tea, a job well done she thought, and a great weight was lifted from her shoulders.

The next morning brought a small miracle into the life of Margaret Thomas along with her old purse complete with some photographs, £4 sterling and a note reading, Dear Margaret; you should never give up hope.

A kindred spirit somewhere thought Margaret, I wonder who it can be? Meanwhile, Heather unlocked the cupboard door under the stairs and proudly marvelled at her collection of faded wallets and shiny purses. There's work to be done, she thought, so much more work.

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Bunbry at 10:09 on 29 July 2009  Report this post
Julie, this is really nice - lovely! Very well done.


tusker at 14:32 on 29 July 2009  Report this post
A good story, Julie.



Jordan789 at 05:34 on 30 July 2009  Report this post
Aw. Short and sweet. A good read.


Findy at 06:27 on 30 July 2009  Report this post
Enjoyed the story. Loved the last lines, undoing the mistakes of a lifetime


Jubbly at 18:10 on 30 July 2009  Report this post
Thanks everyone. This was based on an article I once read in the local paper about someone, so truth is stranger than fiction.

V`yonne at 15:56 on 01 August 2009  Report this post
That is very good, Julie - EDP? BwS? I imagine almost anyone would take that! Excellent story, nicely executed.

crowspark at 22:01 on 01 August 2009  Report this post
Hi Julie

Strong twist and good characterisation. Enjoyable flash!

Dreamer at 11:46 on 03 August 2009  Report this post
Hi Julie,

Lovely story, especially when you read that it is based on the truth. 'Fact stranger than fiction', isn't that the truth!
In my research for my novel, I keep coming upon things that really happened that are better than if I made them up.


Arian at 17:23 on 10 September 2009  Report this post
I liked it, too. Nice idea, tightly written.

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