#A2Z Challenge: X for X-ray

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.


Blecher had become a regular visitor to the yard, enjoying a chat with Michaela, but especially with the apprentices. He was most encouraging, pointing out those he felt could benefit from a more traditional science education. Of course, he’d lost track of own his family, so Michaela understood that Jack’s place acted as a sort of home from home.

It had become his practice to arrive sometime during Saturday afternoon, and stay for Sunday lunch the following day. He expressed a particular fondness for the hearty stews doled up into cook’s splendid Yorkshires – a regular feature on the menu in the Apprentice’s dining hall.

One Saturday evening, Michaela was mildly amused to overhear him talking to a small group about radiology – of Brailsford’s paper on bone tumours, and about the potential for the recently observed synchrotron Xrays.


© 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 is Caring Coaching.

3 thoughts on “#A2Z Challenge: X for X-ray”

    1. Iain, the answer to that is whether him having an ulterior motive proves to be useful in moving the story in a certain direction (and, I haven’t decided yet!)

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