100-Word Fiction: ‘(Slight Return)’

‘When you leave you never go back, even if you think you might: it’s impossible.’

With these words he left: took a job somewhere abroad. He never visited, or if he did he kept it quiet. Of course we saw updates online: places he went; achievements; petty squabbles.

‘All as the world turns,’ an old friend once said.

I have grey hairs.

‘There is no such thing as “close of business”.’

That’s another thing I heard.

When he finally returned there was little fanfare, just raised eyebrows.

He hadn’t come back, he had tried to catch hold of a shadow.

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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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