A Character | Microfiction

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The Lost Property office was manned by a bloke that some called “a character.” The less polite simply referred to him as “an arsehole.”

‘Not seen any legs round here,’ he said with a shrug to the worried face in front of him. ‘Sorry.’

He smiled to himself that night as he watered his garden. The prosthetic leg made a handsome plant pot, he thought.

A pang of guilt threatened to surface for a second, but he quashed it. “If it was that important, they wouldn’t have lost it in the first place,” he muttered.

Yes. He was an arsehole.

© J Hardy Carroll

This story was inspired by the above photo prompt provided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers. You can read more tales inspired by the same photo here.

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31 thoughts on “A Character | Microfiction

  1. Dear Ellie,

    Not too long ago I asked a Scottish friend if the Scots had a different word for asshole. She replied with a gleam in her eye, “Arsehole. Pretty much the same.” Your character definitely fits the job description.



  2. In his job he should be compassionate to those who lose stuff – instead he takes it for his own benefit. His boss needs to be notified he is in charge of an arsehole.

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