The Post Office ( for 'Flash Fiction')

Jason and Brett had been travelling now for about eighteen months. They sat today on their backpacks in front of the post office in Phnom Penh, waiting to board a boat that would take them into Vietnam.
“You know that we no longer live in pre-Facebook times don’t you mate?”
Brett smiled openly. He knew this argument front to back. Anticipating Jason’s next jibe, he said “I know, but Mum has trouble sending ‘Red Cross packages’ via email.”
“Well it just gets a bit annoying trying to find the bloody post office in very new town”.
“I’d rather be poking around and chatting-up the girls” said Jason.
“Relax mate, there will be plenty of time to chase girls on the boat”.
“Oh and I guess that because this is such a pain in the arse for you, you won’t be wanting any of the Tim-Tams Mum sent, will you?”

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A piece of Flash Fiction incorporating the Challenge theme of Prolepsis, which i took to mean the anachronistic representation of something as existing before its proper or historical time, as in ‘the precolonial United States’ or, the anticipation and answering of an argument before one’s opponent has put it forward.

He likes to think he is a better motorcycle rider than he really is. He also likes to think that he is very cool, riding his long-board skateboard down the street. The truth is, he is an ageing hippy who loves listening to the blues and writing poetry.

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  • Gordon Justice
    Gordon Justiceover 3 years ago

    10 out of ten for the story, and 11 out of ten for the description. Well done work.

  • Thanks Gordon ……….. i have to admit to assistance from Wikipedia for some of the description.

    – Andy Smerdon

  • ian osborne
    ian osborneover 3 years ago

    Good story Andy and an excellent take on the prompt….I think…..must confess that i was a bit confused by all the stuff I read about ‘prolepsis’. Think you’ve cracked it though. Great flash story anyway!!

  • Thanks Ian – it also took me quite a few re-reads of the Wikipedia description before I could get a handle on prolepsis haha. It has been a good challenge though.

    – Andy Smerdon

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