Like a Sergeant Major

I’m in a dilemma.

She told me to wait but she didn’t say how long for.

She might have gone home and forgotten me. Expect me to follow when I’ll think it’s been too long.

But if I leave and she comes back she might get angry, say I have no patience, no staying power.

I shouldn’t let her get away with it but…

“William,” she says then gives me orders in that monotonous tone she does so well.

major 23028It wouldn’t be the first time she’d forgotten me. It’s been a while but I still remember it well. She went out for petrol, left me at the flower stall then drove off. Then a lady took pity on me and stood chatting for ages. Something ordinary but she had a sweet voice. Not like Miriam. Barks, she does. Like a Sergeant Major. Like her father actually.

I think I still love her – well you do, don’t you, at our age. Too late to change now, so you muddle along, keep each other company until one of you isn’t there any more.

Maybe that’s what’s happened. Maybe she’s…

Someone’s calling my name… yes? Yes! Here! Over here. Ah, it’s good to have you back.

Missed you? Erm, yes, I suppose so.

That’s nice. Do that again. Oh yes, that feels good.


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