Short Story Preview: A Seasonal Tale
We’ve been mates for years, Dave and me: met at teachers training college – the students union it was, and stayed friends ever since. Once a year we meet up for a couple of jars at my local pub. It’s the only chance we have, since he teaches up north and me down south. Poles apart you might say. And yet we get on really well. Come Christmas, and there we are, regular as clockwork propping up the bar at The Bear Inn and jawing away over our pints of best bitter. He comes south to visit his old Aunt Bea. ‘Ninety but nifty’, is how he describes her.
He can tell a yarn or two can Dave when he’s in the mood. I never thought he had a sensitive side though, ’til last year. But when he told this tale I changed my mind. Folk can be deep and as my mother always said, ‘Nothing is as it seems.’ Well, it certainly wasn’t in this case. Here’s his story. Make of it what you will.
The thought of spending Christmas in Uncle Bertram’s draughty barn, turned me right off. But Aunt Bea’s been good to me and to tow the line this once and spend a couple of days with her and her brother, was probably no bad thing.
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