#A2Z Challenge: P for Papa

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.


Michaela had taken her father’s words to heart. Not only ringing regularly, she’d asked Millie to remind her about arranging regular visits home. One evening, with her mother engaged in Guild business, she’d found herself settled in front of the fire for a chat with her father.

He’d asked about her work and she’d started talking about the car, only for him to shake his head with a tired smile.

“No, the other work my dear.” She never knew how, but her father always seemed to know.

“I can’t say much, I’m afraid.”

He nodded “I understand, of course.”

“But there is this puzzle – could I talk it through with you do you think?”


© 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: P for Papa”

    1. Iain, my Dad had a somewhat vulgar term for this, which I’ll refrain from putting in full here – but it had something to do with being clever and somewhat of a know-it-all 😉

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