100-Word Fiction: ‘Jim’

Jim fished for imaginary salmon, out in his back garden with a rod and live bait. We watched him and laughed as the line got caught in the fence between his shrubs and the fields.

Jim smoked a pipe and spoke wryly of the old times and how nobody understood his intentions. He always wore a hat.

Jim liked the children to come round on bonfire night with their lanterns made from turnips and bright smiles, but the mothers always moved them on. Jim was eccentric, creepy, strange.

Jim mourned his mother’s death and never got married. Jim died yesterday.