Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Write Stuff - 3

In the violet, green and grey offices of the Church Memorial Trust an old, wizened man leaned back in his chair and humphed. Jerry Alderton had been around. Seen around. Lived around. His secretary, familiar with a grunted beckoning, was at his side in an instant. She was a reliable assistant. More legs than brains but Jerry liked it that way.

'Sugar, you know that vacancy in Nailsea.'

'Why sure. The papers came in today. I put them on your...'

'I got them. I got them. Thing is honey. You know we get a whole heap of dishevelled, badly-written mumbo to read here?'

'If you say so.'

'That's right. I do say so. But this. This is the tops. This is, quite possibly, the truest parish profile I ever darn read. One thing bothers me. I've seen coffee stained papers before. Creased and crumpled pages. Even the odd rogue booger. But what's this? This red stuff all over the accounts page?'

'Accounts are meant to be black aren't they?'

Jerry looked at her legs long and hard to distract himself from her stupidity.

'Sweetie. Get it analysed.'

She scrammed before he ran out of confectionery with which to name her.

4 comments:

Mike Peatman said...

Brilliant, Steve. Looking forward to more soon.

"with which" is that authentic, or some real English creeping in?

St said...

That's the trouble with blogs. Everyone gets to read the pre-edits. My narrator done got grammar.

Steve C said...

Loving this, Steve. More please!

By the way, have you ever read any of Malcolm Pryce's Aberystwyth books? Noiresque private detective stories set in the Welsh seaside town, complete with a Druid mafia. I think you'd like them.

claire said...

This is a lovely blog! Really enjoying it - thanks.

Hoping you can see this through to its gripping, twist-in-the-tail conclusion (no pressure, there then!).