24hrFFC 09: Barry’s Massive Red Shoe

Posted: 15 March 2013 in 24hrFFC, fast fiction, fiction, writing
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Title: Barry’s Massive Red Shoe
Word: stammer
Challenger: Marcus Brigstocke
Length: 200 words exactly

The shoe was enormous, its vermillion colour a sharp contrast to the even larger girder it secured to the bridge. But the casing itself had always impressed and scared Barry as a child.

It was his shoe. He’d named it the first time they’d crossed the bridge, his father telling him to do so and so remove any fear. He’d stammered out a name slowly. And so it became his shoe, in the same way as it was his bridge and had been ever since his father had taken him across it, the pair of them laughing as if the day could never end and the joy never stop.

So long ago. Barry leaned against the girders now, his eyes dropping to faint scratches in the red paint. He was under no illusions – the bridge had been painted many times since his childhood and the scratches belonged to a new generation.

As it should be. And yet it was still his shoe, and always would be.

He’d lost the stammer decades ago, his father only a few weeks back. But here by his shoe, he could close his eyes and hear his father’s laugh. And Barry the man smiled.

© Lee Barnett, 2013

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