Return to sender

One thing leads to another and another takes it further.


A toe kicked a pebble

The pebble struck a flock of resting birds

The alarmed birds took flight in a flurry, catching a cat’s eager eye

The cat took off after them, darting across a busy street side

A little boy raced behind the cat, ignoring his mother’s restraining cry

A car swerved to avoid the boy and the driver lost control

Seeing the car hurtling towards her a comely young lady froze in place

An eager lad behind her yanked her out of its path, and perhaps a romance started taking shape

They fell back in a heap, nearly upon an old lady who lived alone

Who, startled, let go of her battered umbrella and a wayward wind claimed it for its own

It flirted with the umbrella and flew it to a building top

Where a broken man stood on the ledge, thinking of letting himself drop

The unlikely visitation of an umbrella in full bloom billowing beside him in mid-air

Cracked him up so much that, for the moment, he let go of his despair

He grabbed his unlikely savior, the runaway brolly that appeared from nowhere

And with a heart now much lighter, he made his way downstairs.

As he stepped outside the building,

He saw a poorly dressed man trip on his open shoe-lace and begin to go sprawling

He stuck out a hand and kept him, and the cake in his hand, from falling

The indigent gent thanked him and held on tighter to his son’s birthday cake

That he’d bought with the last of his daily wage; and bent to re-tie his lace.

When done, he paused to wipe off the shoe’s toe,

With which he’d kicked a pebble not so long ago.


One thing leads to another and another takes it further

And sometimes it returns to sender.









4 thoughts on “Return to sender

  1. It’s like you sowed together the pieces of a jig saw puzzle…I haven’t read the rest of your blog but I’m hoping you’ve written non-linear pieces of fiction..seems like just your sorta thing! *pats on the back*

    • Thank you. You might enjoy the ‘Micro-fiction’ up on the blog, if you enjoy short bursts of non-linear fiction.The rest is fairly dark stuff though, quite different from the tone and style of RTS. But, give it a go sometime, if you feel up to it. 🙂

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