100-Word Fiction: ‘I.O.U.’

Aw c’mon, said Joe. Ye’ve got to be kidding me, it was years ago. We had a deal. Ye never said anything at the time.

Yeah but Joe that’s just it: I never did say anything. You’ve just assumed something. I never promised anything.

Joe shook his head:

But Ian, ye just, I mean I just… it was all accepted.

But it wasn’t Joe. I accepted nothing. You owe me: I want it back.

Joe turned away. It had been a done deal. He couldn’t even remember how much it was. And now when times were bad, times were bad…

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Author: MW Bewick

Writer of poetry and place; editor and journalist. Co-founder of Dunlin Press. 'Scarecrow', a debut collection of poetry is available now from http://dunlinpress.bigcartel.com

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