First sentence ~ Last sentence
Ask a friend to write down two sentences. The sentences should be seemingly unrelated.
Two sentences from Margaret which must begin and end the story. Either one first or last.
(1) Mary arrived at the station just as the last train of the day was leaving.
(2) There was a clap of thunder and flash of lightning just before the lights went out.
ONE OF THOSE DAYS
by John Yeo
There was a clap of thunder and flash of lightning just before the lights went out.
“Not another bloody power cut! I will have to remember where I put the candles Sooty!”
Mary cursed as she tripped over a pair of red high heeled shoes she had kicked off in the hall earlier. “I was fortunate there, wasn’t I Sooty?”
Mary had developed the habit of talking to her feline friend over the years.
When her best friend Sue remarked on this habit over afternoon tea one day. Mary responded with the reply; “She often answers with purrs, mews and a friendly rub on my legs.”
Sadly on this occasion Sooty was invisible as her black fur had made her melt into the background.
Mary was able to locate candles and even a torch with live batteries, which was a surprise as she hadn’t used it for months.
Another crash of thunder shook the very foundations of the house and with a loud squeal, Sooty jumped on her lap.
A flash of lightning lit up the room and the sound of heavy rain on the windows heralded another crash of thunder.
“Not really a night for going out Sooty; but I will have to go and check on Mum in Walford, 20 miles away. She is on her own and probably scared to death. I can’t get a signal for my IPhone, due to this weather. I will have to take the car.”
Ten minutes later, found Mary desperately trying to start her car without any success.
“Damn it Sooty! I will have to take a taxi, it will be expensive, but at least I will be able to get a train home. I will have to brave the weather and walk down to the taxi rank. A good fifteen minute walk away: Now where did I put the umbrella?”
Luckily there was a taxi on the rank and an hour later Mary was knocking loudly on her Mothers front door. There was no response and she was getting quite worried; when Mrs. Harvey a neighbour appeared and said,
“She was fine earlier, I have a spare key, I can let you in if you like, Mary.”
“Yes please Mrs. Harvey.”
A shocking sight greeted their eyes as they entered the hall, Mary’s mother was lying unconscious in the hall.
Mary quickly called an ambulance from her mother’s line and two paramedics arrived.
‘Good job there is a connection here she thought’
With a sigh of relief Mary saw her Mother revived and there wasn’t anything seriously wrong. The ambulance took her to hospital for a few checks and she was kept in overnight.
Mary realised she had made no arrangements for transport to get her back to her home. A friendly paramedic offered to drop her off at the railway station.
Mary arrived at the station just as the last train of the day was leaving.
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