Short Story Time


THE SQUIRREL by Andrew Verster

Madelaine Scullion phoned into the Radio 4 Talk Show with a problem.

“Speak up, sweetheart, I can hardly hear you,”  Wanda Nesbit-Naunton said.  “You say you ran over a squirrel? What, precisely, is your problem?”

“Thank you for taking my call. I want to know if there is anything I could do to make it run round again.”

“That depends, of course, on how badly injured the animal is.”

“I think it is quite serious.”

“Exactly HOW serious?”

“It’s rather flat.”

“Rather flat? How flat?.”

“As they used to say, as flat as a pancake.”

After a silence and trying to mask the smile in her voice, Wanda said, “Is this call for real, or are you pulling my leg?”

Before she hung up, she was aware of screaming and wailing on the other end of the phone.

Headlines on page three of the Mercury  next morning carried the headline “Amanzimtoti woman Mrs. Madelaine Scullion, 57,hangs herself.’

Andrew Verster is a Artist and Writer based in Durban.


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