Short Story: A Girl's Best Friend

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Joe Brown


Set in pre-decimalisation Britain. Is it really the sewing machine that is this girl’s Best Friend? Or has she just devised a novel way of avoiding repair bills?


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It was Saturday morning. I ambled up the High Street, enjoying the summer sun on my face, and there it was. Right beside the bus-stop as I'd been told. Both windows were filled with second-hand sewing machines of all descriptions. The shop door was open, so I walked in and went straight to the counter at the rear of the shop. A stern-looking woman in her forties looked up from the sewing she was doing on a machine beside the counter and asked: “Can I help you?”

I smiled at her. “Are you Mrs. Davies?”

She nodded.

“I'm Joe. Mrs. Connelly said you had a radiogram you wanted repairing.”

“Ah.” She stood up and slowly looked me up and down, which made me feel distinctly uneasy. Her eyes came back up to my face and held my gaze and she gave a little nod, and turned away to pick up her handbag, from which she produced a piece of paper. “My address is on…

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Joe Brown said "Hi Desmond, thanks for your comment. I wonder how many people these days know what an 'octal valve' is? Seriously though, I wondered about the detail, but after cleaning up my initial draft decided it was necessary to give the story it's authenticity. As with most things I write it's based on experience - I did service the radiogram, and the woman was very 'creepy'. Can't say more than that!"
4 years ago
Desmond Kelly said "I didn't see that one coming as the actress said to the bishop - nice detail and rounded off with a laugh."
4 years ago

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