I’ve been reading Terry Pratchett’s “Going Postal.” The basic premise is that a habitual criminal is plucked from the hangman’s noose by the supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork to serve as the Postmaster of the town’s moribund post office.
(This is a stand-alone in the DiscWorld series.)
The mail must go through, even though it has been piling up for decades.
I’m not very far into the story but, as Pratchett books tend to be, it is hilarious.
Got me thinking though, what if you sent a letter, or thought you did, but it was never delivered. A letter that you immediately regretted once it dropped into the mail box. What if you based your whole life on the erroneous belief that your poison-pen letter had reached it’s destination.
Maybe it was an unanswered love letter and for decades you’ve lived with the pain of unrequited love. A ‘Dear, John” letter or “take this job and shove it” resignation…
What if the consequences of your letter – good or bad – were all imagined.
For this challenge, write a 100-word letter that you hope is never received.
It doesn’t have to be an actual letter, to a real person, but make those 100 words count. If you use “Dear,” in a salutation, you don’t have to include that in your word-count.
“Only write to me, write to me, I love to see the hop and skip and sudden starts of your ink.” A.S. Byatt, “Possession”
This week’s inspiration is”
What to do:
Using “Dear…” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.