…the strangest of places.
A university student is studying English as a foreign language and wants to take the B1 (CEF) level exam.
One of the writing tasks was to write a short story – basically a piece of flash fiction – in about 100 words. The story had to begin with these immortal words – “I’ll never forget the day I met…”
I thought nothing of it until I found myself with a whole quarter of an hour to spare.
Then… in ten of those minutes, I wrote this :-
I’ll never forget when I met my fate.
He was small and ugly, with a twisted body.
Yet his smile was the most engaging I had seen for a very long time.
“I do apologise, but I have come for you.” His smile softened with sadness and the truth of what he had said struck me hard.
“Me? Now?” It was a struggle to control my outburst. “But…”
“There is nothing you can say, or do about it. It IS your time.” His smile became affable once again. He shuffled close and whispered. “It’s much, much better than most people deserve.”
And that was it. My life was over and I’ve been at this tropical holiday resort ever since.
*** End ***
That was what the lightning strike of free time caused me to write in response to the start line of a writing exam for English.
Is it a masterpiece? Don’t know, don’t care.
It was fun to write on a whim and, I hope, it is fun to read.