In looking to see if Rochelle had posted a new picture prompt for a hundred-word story, I found the one below and mistakenly took it for the latest. I furiously scribbled a story, arising from reading about the hardships suffered by some schoolchildren in rural areas in South Africa.
Then I went to post – only to find this selection is closed. Oh well. I may as well bung it in here, anyway …
‘This gate picture,’ Thandi said, ‘reminds me of the farm school I went to, until …’
‘No time for mooning around; you’ve an office to clean,’ the boss snapped, starting to walk away. Then he turned to ask, ‘Why didn’t you finish schooling?’
‘The Department closed the school. Said it wasn’t needed. The nearest alternative was three hours walking; no taxis. I gave up.’
‘You should have stuck it out,’ disinterestedly. ‘Oh, tell me, which technical section in the factory has Thandi Gumedi? She’s put a brilliant production suggestion in the box. She deserves to be promoted.’
‘That was me.’