Short Story: Toffee-head-tom

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Hugh Cron


I had a bit of fun doing this. Strangely enough, some of Tom's traits belong to some people that I know.


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Toffee-Head Tom was born to Caramel Jeannie and Jammy-Dodger Rodger. He wasn’t an attractive child and had no friends as such. In those days he was classed as special; now-a-days he would have had a list of names.

As an adult, Tom had grown to a healthy six foot two but an unhealthy ten stone four. He had spasmodic, orange, blonde hair and a workshy eye. It was strange that he was called Toffee-Head when he had more the look of a Nik-Nak about him.

Tom was either referred to as ‘Toffee-Head’ or ‘Scare The Weans’. He would answer to either.

He was orphaned as a young man as his mother and father died in a teabagging accident; they both choked. If fate had dealt him a kinder hand, he may have been very wealthy but PG Tips were never held accountable.

After his parents had passed away Tom was moved into a house rented…

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Hugh Cron replied saying "Thanks Robert, I'll need to make sure that I thank Adam. I do think we all have a little of Tom inside us. Maybe for fun we should let that side of us out now and again...What is wrong with being a little strange?! Thanks for the comments. All the very best my friend. Hugh"
4 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor said "I love this sort of thing. It seems to me that sometimes it must be really fun to simply type out the silly, funny, irreverent things that pop into your mind. This doesn't need any sort of deep analysis it just needs to be enjoyed for what it is. I love the earwig poking and the rain circling and I adore the tea bagging accident though I admit to a little guilt there. Thanks for this it was a perfect little read for Sunday afternoon. - Diane"
4 years ago
Hugh Cron replied saying "Thanks so much Diane for your comments on my piece of nonsense. I hoped that anyone who read this took it at face value. I wouldn't want to begin to analyse this as my head would hurt. As always I thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. All the very best. Hugh"
4 years ago
Adam West Guest Editor said "I could stay longer with Tom. I think there is a lot more you could do with the character, Hugh. I was vaguely reminded of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - partly because I watched a documentary recently about the making of the stage play and partly of course, because Tom shares some of Christopher Boone's idiosyncratic behaviours and off-key observations on life and yes I agree with you by not naming his so-called 'condition' at the outset, that labelling counts for little other than another condition a so-called expert can diagnose and treat - Ha-ha. The Euro sensation The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared would probably appeal to you, Hugh - as would some of Kurt Vonnegut's crazy novels, as Toffee-Head-Tom appealed to me - many thanks, Adam - PS - sadly, like two of Robert's stories, yours is another story shoved off the front page by a subsequent batch of new stories published too soon. Shortbread!!"
4 years ago
Hugh Cron replied saying "Thank you so much for your kind comments. I did think about Tom having a few adventures but I couldn't get 'Solomon Grundy' out of my head and I liked the idea of it seemingly being a short life. I am going to list all the recommendations that I have been given in feedback and access all those books and stories. It will be interesting to read something that has reminded someone of my work. (Ha! Ha! - Only thing is, it will only emphasise that I am not as original as I thought!!!) Thanks again Adam I am so pleased that you enjoyed Tom. All the very best my friend. Hugh"
4 years ago
Nik Eveleigh Guest Editor said "Completely bonkers...loved it! Cheers, Nik"
4 years ago
Hugh Cron replied saying "Thanks for that Nik, means so much!!! All the very best my friend. Hugh"
4 years ago

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