CCC#26: Mutton Jeff

Bunker Cliff

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #26

Jeff strained on tiptoes atop his post. But still no sign of his relief.

Do not leave your post, they drummed into him when first he enlisted. And his post was to guard this stretch of coast.

Bored, frustrated, he sighed. Not a sign of a boat, a ship or a plane since a fortnight after he came. Not since that awesome day the ground shook fit to break, and blackness fell from the sky. How long ago was that? The gorse and the bracken had sprouted and grown since then.

He looked again at the crumpled grease-stained paper. His orders. Perhaps he’d misunderstood, not able to hear since his return from the front. He ought to have told his C.O.

Mutton Jeff, that was him. Deaf.

Written from Crimson’s Creative Challenge #26

The photo was taken on from the beach just north of Lowestoft (at Lowestoft Ness, the most easterly point in Great Britain), where many of the defence installations remain from WWII.

About crispina kemp

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17 Responses to CCC#26: Mutton Jeff

  1. Violet Lentz says:

    I love the way you created the character and then added his physical defect as a definer. He was so much more, but never the less, deaf, says it all.. So well done.

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  2. Dale says:

    Oh boy! Have you ever told a huge story in few words.
    Brilliant, Crispina.

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  3. I found this rather telling, touching. Nice way to bring an old fort back to life!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Ramyani Bhattacharya says:

    A short and sweet tale indeed☺️

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I really like how you wrote this! Very nice!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Great story. 🙂 So much story in so few words. There’s certainly a poignancy to it…Poor Jeff…

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