Monday, 17 December 2007

BOVVER BOOTS: Part 6 (For parts 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 scroll down)

Tom Murray was late. He had promised to take his girlfriend, Laura, to the cinema, and he was late. His bloody boss had kept him in the office 'til six o' clock and the film started at seven-thirty, He still had to get home and grab something to eat.

Tom stopped in his tracks as he came to the top of Quarry Road. He didn't usually go that way, it was a piss-hole of a place, but if he remembered rightly there was a take-away about halfway down; he could get himself a curry.

Tom turned into Quarry Road. As he walked passed Cathy's Cast-offs, the second-hand shop on the corner, he glanced in the window. His reflection looked back at him; a tall dark-haired twenty-something.

He grinned.

That's when he saw the boots. Black leather Doc Martens: toes slightly scuffed; laces frayed at the ends.

Tom stepped nearer the glass.

Doc Martens. They would be just the ticket for on his motorbike. He noticed a small square of white card poking up out of one of the boots.

Size 10, it read. £5.

Tom's grin widened. Just his size.

He marched over to the door and grasped the handle.



Ello said...

Very good Akasha. Although I do wish I knew the reason behind the ghostly attacks. I found this a very satisfying read!

Bill Cameron said...

Oh, lord, poor Tom.

Very nice job, such a haunting ending, a crisp, understated denouement.


Akasha Savage said...

ello: I'm afraid I'm one of those writers who does like to leave things to the imagination of the reader! Glad you enjoyed it.

bill: yeah poor Tom...I quite liked him! Thanks for your comments - they always mean a lot to me.

Vesper said...

Luckily, I was able to read parts 5 and 6 together. This is a great story, very well written, and the ending, yes, very good indeed.
Looking forward to reading your next story... :-)

Middle Ditch said...

What will happen when he enters the shop? Can't wait!!

Ello said...

AKasha, I came by to wish you a Merry Christmas and happy new year!!

Akasha Savage said...

vesper: I'm having a little break for christmas, will post again in 2008. Merry Christmas! :)

middle ditch: that will be up to your imagination! Happy Christmas!! ;)

ello: a very merry christmas to you too! :)

Middle Ditch said...

And a very merry one to you too and a happy new year. Until then.

sheoflittlebrain said...

Yes..poor Tom! Another great story Akasha, and to me, a good, even if enigmatic, ending:)
A very Happy New Year to you and yours!