Diggin’ | Microfiction

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‘What are you doing, Grandad?’


‘I see that. Why?’

‘Goin’ to China.’

‘Oh. You think you can dig there?’

‘Dunno, but I can’t afford the flights.’

Grandad wipes sweat from his brow and his fingers smear mud across his wrinkled skin.

‘What business have you with China, Grandad?’

‘No business.’

‘So why do you want to go?’

‘Y’know I’ve been thinkin’ on buildin’ that wall around the patio?’

I nod.

‘Well, I thought I’d better learn from the best.’

I frown.

‘They have this great big wall down in China, lad. I think I need a bit of inspiration.’

© Connie Gayer

Written in response to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers photo prompt.

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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.

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