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Art by Cynthia Fawcett 2020

Lost Letters

 

by Henry Bladon

 

 

It was uncharted waters. The super-rich writer from Sarajevo was troubled about his lost love letters. They were produced by the same typewriter on which he writes his gripping domestic thrillers, but they were never sent. They were written with his usual flair and spoke of the hinterland of his sexual liberation. His anxiety was starting to spiral out of control. He looked in the usual drawer where he kept them (along with a pack of spare pencils for emergencies) but they were nowhere to be found. He had moved to this community of craftspeople (who wore waxed jackets and drank spiced rum), for privacy (hoping, he thought, that he might avoid the flashy headshots that used to appear in the papers). Now he was about to be embroiled in a scandal. He went to the bathroom to think, where before long he discovered the letters, remembering that he had stored them in the toilet gadget bag (the one that had the nose hair trimmer and the hemorrhoid cream). The relief felt like a gold medal win at the Olympics.

 

 

 

Henry is based in Somerset, in the UK. He is a writer of short fiction and poetry, with a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Birmingham. He is the author of several poetry collections, and his work can be seen in Poetica Review, Pure Slush, Truth Serum Press, Lunate, and Yellow Mama, among other places. 

Cynthia Fawcett has been writing for fun or money since she was able to hold a pen. A Jersey Girl at heart, she got her journalism degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee and now writes mostly technical articles about hydraulics and an occasional short story or poem on any other subject. Illustration shows the type from a vintage 1970s portable Smith Corona typewriter.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020