Monday, 26 March 2018

The Local Vicar - Episode 18

It’s Thursday and Paul’s just finished writing a new song for Gaynor to sing. Maybe his finest work he thinks proudly. He tentatively approaches his muse who’s laughing with the local vicar at the News of the Screws problem page. She doesn’t even need to look up, she can detect his body language from a mile away, “Put it on the pile with the others you soppy get” she mutters, the vicar jamming his fist into his mouth to stifle his reaction. Paul does as he’s told and places his latest work on the pile of his unheard songs and poems written just for her, then he retreats to the sitting room pursued by howls of laughter. He always keeps a copy of his work now, the one time she lit a Park Drive from the gas stove using his collection of sonnets, was an isolated incident he assures himself, but it can’t happen again.