Unlocking a Gate

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.’

© Colonialist September 2015 (WordPress)

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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25 Responses to Unlocking a Gate

  1. Zirkie says:

    Great post, as always, Col! It is so sad that so many people could not finish or even go to school.


  2. libraschild says:

    hah ! only just saw this after i posted. you and i are on the same wavelength with management today!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I am glad you posted it, as it made me think about sponsoring a child’s education. LOL Maria


  4. calmgrove says:

    Wonderful storytelling, Col, so satisfying and told with great economy. Love it.


  5. Brilliant story, Col. Perfect ending too.


  6. Glad you didn’t mothball this one. Perfect story!


  7. Colline says:

    Good one! And a saad testament to the fact that there are not enough schoolls in the rural areas.


  8. Tom Merriman says:

    Good one, Col! I love reading about bosses who have no clue as to who work for them! Ignorance isn’t always bliss! As Viv says – a good ending.


  9. I love stories with a happy ending.


  10. GP Cox says:

    Prompt or not – we got a great post out of you today!!!

    Liked by 1 person

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