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(A short story of 1660 words)

The Turkey Cock

Literary

by Brindley Hallam Dennis


This story is about proportionality.


The taxi rank was tucked against the wall downhill from the station. Two women laden with shopping bags were climbing into the last taxi. Manx loitered awkwardly on the pavement, waiting for the next one to pull up. A little man with bird bright eyes followed him down and stood beside him.

You must be a clever bloke, the little man said, pointing to Manx’s briefcase, and staring into his eyes.

Not especially, Manx said, feeling uncomfortable.

Oh, I’m sure you are, the little man said, still staring and stepping closer. I bet you’re very clever indeed...
 

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A review of The Turkey Cock from the CUT team....

A minor confrontation quickly escalates, as a man who is quietly going about his business finds himself challenged by a stranger in the street. A blistering piece of flash fiction that explores the relationship between defiance and violence.

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