Smorgasbord Short Stories – Carrot Ranch #Flash Fiction – A Small Price to Pay by Sally Cronin

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It is that time of the week when many of us are gathering 99 words, no more, no less, and responding to Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli MillsThis week the prompt was getting old…..

A small price to pay by Sally Cronin

The old man stood to attention by the memorial in the village square, as he did each day during his afternoon constitutional. His knees were playing up, but nothing a stout stick couldn’t handle. Getting older had challenges, but unlike his drinking pals in the pub each evening, he knew aching joints were a small price to pay. As was his habit, he read the names on the brass plate aloud, remembering each one of his comrades who did not live to grow old. He wiped away a tear and continued his walk, feeling like the luckiest man alive.

©sally cronin 2019

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