#A2Z Challenge: Y for Yankee

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.


“Oh bother!”

Burnham had successfully tracked Michaela down in London – he wondered if she could indulge him in providing an outside ear. When she’d arrived, Michaela had been most put out to discover he wasn’t alone. The other man was also in uniform, but American – it was hard to miss the transatlantic twang – yet Burnham introduced him as “my cousin Ezra”, at pains to make it clear this was neither army nor official business.

Intrigued, Michaela accepted the proffered cup of tea, and sat back to listen. It was to be a long and rather unpleasant story, at the end of which Michaela remained puzzled.

“Mr… erm… Ezra, your story has given rise to many deep emotions, but I’m not at all clear how I… we… can help?”
“My apologies m’am, I ought to have been more clear. I was, in fact, offering my services to you and your team, but wanted you to understand where I’m coming from… what’s driving me you might say. I’ll be leaving the service shortly and decided not to return to the States but to remain here in England. I need a fresh start and my cousin here thought you might have room for someone with my expertise.”
“Indeed, and what would that be exactly?”


© 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: Y for Yankee”

    1. This month has been great for getting the ball rolling again after being stuck in edits. Book 2 is now definitely underway, and I have an idea for the first scene of book 3 and some later scenes for future books. But it is clear that Debs and I really do need to have a catch up and see where things are going!

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    2. Indeed Iain, it’s always a good idea to beware of Greeks bearing gifts. But also David & I are long overdue a catch up, especially as I made quite a few amendments to some of the later A-Z chapters after my first draft.

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