#Three Line Tales: First timer

For Sonya’s Three Line Talesprompt. A topical one this week.

photo by Josh Hild via Unsplash


He had been walking all night, set off from his village at sunset and hit the outskirts of the city just after midnight.

The rain had been falling steadily for hours as he walked like a zombie along silent streets where only foxes were about, going through the bins, and by daybreak, he was dropping with weariness.

He found the signpost, slumped in a tired heap outside the door—just had to wait now for the polling station to open.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

18 thoughts on “#Three Line Tales: First timer”

    1. I don’t know what to think of the Brits. They have a PM who could be Trump’s twin brother, the one who got the brains even though he acts like a buffoon, and they still look set to vote for him again. I really hope they vote like intelligent adults and get him and his cronies out.

      1. Well, I guess we know he wasn’t gotten rid of. Selfishly, I hope it’s a better fate in the USA. The word “buffoon” is really good to use. It’s the best word I can think for those two. It’s even generous.

  1. They gave us “early voting” and then put the polling places so far away that no one used them. Luckily my regular place is only a 10 minute walk. But you’re right–no one votes, I think the last election here in the city was 13% participation. (K)

  2. I missed this one on election day, but 36 hours on two thoughts occur: (1) If only ‘t’were so, that folk would go to such extreme lengths to cast their votes. In the event turnout was just a tad over two thirds, and even though the choices before us were limited – rocks and hard places come to mind – not to vote at all is a dereliction of duty, and a betrayal of those brave souls of previous generations who fought so hard to give ordinary people like me the opportunity to help choose who will govern us. (2) Democrary does not guarantee good government. I’m left thinking, dear god what have we (they, to be more precise) done? Five more years of Boris Badunov, what a joke (but nobody with any sense is laughing). For interest I penned a few lines when Boris took over from Theresa a few months ago. Reading it back now, I see I can add “talented prophet” to my CV. My thoughts are here, if you fancy a look: https://64reflections.home.blog/2019/07/24/a-different-fly/

    1. There was such a lot of misinformation on the day itself. I don’t know why they forbid the publishing of voter numbers throughout the day. If you were to rely on the pictures on twitter to get an idea of the endless queues you’d think they’d be at around 98% turnout. Here they are forever telling people to get out and vote, that the numbers are down/up on last time, so nobody can say they ‘thought’ it was in the bag so they didn’t bother.

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