Not the most comfortable in town

Tom Tyler thought it rather sweet when the little girl with the ginger spiral curls came past walking her dog, a Bolognaise, with its cream spiral curls.

Tom had been walking past the lido when someone had caught his eye; an older woman with a boy who would likely be her grandson. She reminded Tom of his mother, the way she held up his chin as his took his first strokes, orange armbands bobbing along with the water. He shivered as he remembered the cosy terraced house and wished he could go back, swap it for the leaking roof of the empty warehouse that he called “home”.

His thoughts were interrupted by blue flashing lights and the siren, an intrusive American one, not the good old-fashioned British.

“Back again, Tyler?” a familiar voice said from behind him, and Tom heard two doors slam.

“I’m only looking,” Tom replied as PC Evanshaw walked towards him.

“You’re banned from here, you know that,” the PC continued.

“Not doing any harm. Not touching or nothing.”

“You know the rules. Thirty seconds to move on, or you come with us.”

Tom shook his head.

160 gnome 164215“Cuff him,” PC Evanshaw said to his colleague, who pushed Tom against the fence, his thick straggly beard cushioning the blow.

He’d longed for a proper bed for the night and although this wouldn’t be the most comfortable in town, it would be cheap.


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(PS Tom’s not a gnome but I liked the picture… although that would have created another kind of story!)

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