#A2Z Challenge: O for Oscar

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.


Ansgar Blecher still heard from Oscar Holderer from time-to-time, and each time was impressed by the young man’s lack of envy at the rapid rise in status and fame of von Braun. In Ansgar’s opinion, Oscar was at least von Braun’s equal in ability and knowledge, but von Braun had the pzazz and the brash confidence which his American bosses seemed to like.

Hearing tales of the standard of living enjoyed in America, Ansgar was occasionally tempted to move himself. But he felt more at home… no, that wasn’t entirely true, he felt safer here, knowing some of his kind were close by, so he said “thank you, but no” each time he was approached.


© 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.

4 thoughts on “#A2Z Challenge: O for Oscar”

  1. Lack of envy is quite an admirable characteristic. Especially in a person who presumably knows himself to be the equal of someone who is more successful. I’ve met a couple of people in my life who have struck me in this way, and it is always impressive.

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    1. Melanie, I so agree – it is a remarkable characteristic indeed. David did the research on this particular character but this is what struck me when we talked about it.

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  2. Safety is a good reason to stay put, although I wonder if money or opportunity might tempt him in the end. With his talents, he may be wasted just staying there and not getting involved.

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    1. Iain, we’ll probably be elaborating further on the dvegar storyline a bit more in the next one, which may help to explain his reticence.

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