A Character | Microfiction

Plant pot illustration - "A Character" microfiction

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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Ellie Scott is a freelance copywriter and fiction writer from Sheffield, UK. She writes speculative and silly short stories and flash fiction. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize Short Story Competition and published her first book, 'Merry Bloody Christmas: A Short Story Collection'. You can often find her hanging out on Twitter (@itsemscott), Instagram (@tinysillystories) and Medium (@elliemaryscott), or hibernating on her sofa with a book and a very large glass of gin.

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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