#A2Z Challenge: I for India

During 2018’s A-Z Challenge, we wrote the first draft of “The November Deadline” and to celebrate that this is now (finally) out with beta readers, we’ll be producing a daily piece of micro-fiction linked to it – some prequel, some containing a detail not included in the story, some snippets from sequels currently being written.


“You’re a good lad Bob”.

Isaac spoke through the haze of one too many pints. It had been a while since he’d supped so many, but Bob were a lad from the old days back home. He’d gone and got hisself wed to a London lass just before the war, and they’d lost touch for a bit.

Then he’d bumped into him while running an errand for Lady Michaela. Seems his regiment had been sent out east. India for the most part, where he’d only gone and caught the malaria. Turned out to be quite the stroke of luck, as it’d kept him off the boat to Singapore.

Recalling that Bob had been dead handy when they were young lads, and as he seemed to be keeping hisself fit, Isaac wondered if p’haps there might be something for him with Billy’s mob. He knew enough to say nothing, but he’d mention it to Billy dreckly.


© 2021, David Jesson & Debra Carey

Author: debscarey

Tweets @debsdespatches My personal blog is Debs Despatches, where I ramble on a variety of topics. I write fiction on co-hosted site Fiction Can Be Fun, where my #IWSG reflections can be found; and my Life Coaching business can be found on DebsCarey.com.

14 thoughts on “#A2Z Challenge: I for India”

    1. Iain, shocking that you should consider we recruit someone just to sacrifice them later! 😀 The thought hadn’t crossed my mind… yet.

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  1. This is so fun! As a reader and as an author, I’m very happy to have discovered your blog! Found it from the A-Z challenge. melaniecrousesblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for joining in! I think Debs did a double take when I suggested that Isaac was a West Country lad, but that might just have been because we’d been so immersed in the East End, and perhaps because so much was being written to quite tight deadlines when we were working on the previous A2Z challenge that led to the November Deadline. But Isaac’s language is all down to her, she has a fantastic ear for dialect.

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