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A greasy spoon café, 1983. He took me round the back to the dirty toilets and taught me how to please him. For two years we met there, a few times a week, and I was very happy. Then he was killed in a major road traffic accident, his Stobart lorry a part of a twelve vehicle motorway pile up. It made the BBC Six O’Clock News. I have a dodgy VHS copy of Nicholas Witchell reporting it and a couple of newspaper pieces. I still remember him, decades later. He showed me the love that my father never did.

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    Horrorshow almost 3 years ago

    Thank you, Chloe. :-)

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    Drew Martyn almost 3 years ago

    So sad, a tragic story, makes you really feel for her, nice one Horrorshow.

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    Horrorshow almost 3 years ago

    I appreciate you taking the time to comment, Drew; thank you. Interesting that you interpret the narrator as being female. :-)

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    Drew Martyn almost 3 years ago

    lol of course!! Tbh the possibility of a gay relationship never crossed my mind, despite the (now) obvious hint the setting gives. I admit that in real life too I tend not to pick up on those subtle clues about someone's sexual preference, maybe because it's not important to me. But your comment has opened up a whole new dimension to this Drabble, it's even better than I thought first time around! :) Most excellent!!

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    Horrorshow almost 3 years ago

    You're too kind, Drew; thank you again. :-)

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    Richard Charles Davidson almost 3 years ago

    Hmmm...I sense a lot more sinister undertones, but maybe that is just considering the source. Hard to separate author from piece sometimes. Anyway, another great drabble from horrorshow.

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    Horrorshow almost 3 years ago

    @Chloe - the drabble is pure fiction and contains no autobiographical elements!

    @Richard - I'm delighted to have established such a baleful reputation in your eyes! Thank you for the praise. :-)

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    Drew Martyn almost 3 years ago

    Hmm. I'm thinking maybe Horrorshow should change his name to Baleful, lol, sounds like a character out of Dickens ;)

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    Josh Peters almost 3 years ago

    Beautiful and horrifying at the same time.

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    Bryan Thomas almost 3 years ago

    I am relieved to hear that Nicholas Witchell is purely fictional - that bugger has haunted me for years!

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    Horrorshow almost 3 years ago

    @Drew - that reminds me of the old Robert Bloch quote that goes, "'Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk."

    @Josh - thank you for taking the time to read and comment. :-)

    @Bryan - LMAO! :-D

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    Jonathan Mills almost 3 years ago

    Oddly, I didn't interpret the narrator as a her, thought it was a gay liaison from the start - I only find that odd because, well, why wouldn't I assume it was a male/female relationship? Think it may be because of your other drabble about the student and the police officer, or maybe just the squalid setting. A nice piece.

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    Michael D. Brooks almost 3 years ago

    Such a tragic story. Tragic in the sense the narrator misses his friend/father figure (yes, I presumed the narrator is a guy) as well as in the sense that, despite what he says, he has never known real love.

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    Horrorshow almost 3 years ago

    @Jonathan - thanks as always for offering your insights; always good to get your opinions. Very happy that you liked the drabble. :-)

    @Michael - thanks a lot for reading and commenting. You've absolutely hit the nail on the head with you interpretation. Great analysis! :-)

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    Kate Gowers almost 3 years ago

    I think the Drabble of the Week trophy is yet again yours - I feel we should engrave your name on it! Disturbing yet excellent.

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    Horrorshow almost 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback, Kate; I really appreciate it. I think that the competition for DotW this week is exceptionally strong and I wouldn't like to wager who might win!

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    Kate almost 3 years ago

    Nice Drabble Horrorshow. As usual I enjoy your reality.

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    Horrorshow almost 3 years ago

    Thank you ever so much, Kate! I'm grateful for your support. :-)

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