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THE RED DOOR

 THE RED DOOR

Darryl knew every doorway that wasn’t locked at night, where to find cardboard to keep the chill of stone stairs at bay, which bin contained the tastiest scraps, and who lived where.

He defended his territory with determination, and when necessary with his fists, so when smoke began seeping from beneath the red door in the small hours, Darryl was the only one to spot it.

He barged into Flat 3 with one well-aimed kick, dragged the choking occupants down the stairs, and returned for the cat.

‘Local knowledge’ he told the reporter.

The Council housed him the following week.

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Another 100 word story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by the indefatigable Rochelle. If you fancy joining the fun, either by reading other stories or writing your own, follow the frog trail from her blog. https://rochellewisoff.com/


32 comments:

  1. Very thought-provoking, Lizy.

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    1. Not all homeless people are a waste of space

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  2. Neil MacDonald03/03/2021, 18:22

    I guess the Council was shamed into it

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  3. Very good Liz - a conundrum - if the council had done better and house him properly earlier, then those in Flat 3 would be dead...

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  4. Good story Liz.

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  5. Sad society doesn't look after the needy the way it should. There is a hero in us all.

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  6. A good samaritan amply rewarded. By the way, I live in a Flat 3 - you've got me worried now!

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    1. Make sure you look after Darryl and you'll be fine!

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  7. Good for Darryl, and for those who rewarded him appropriately!

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  8. sounds like a good neighbor to me. wish we have more like him. :)

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  9. Good for him. I wouldn't mind him as a neighbor ... I bet they wouldn't either ...

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  10. Dear Liz,

    Good for Darryl. Now that he's a hero the council will take care of him...for a while anyway.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I think now he has a roof over his head he'll settle down.

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  11. A shame it took something like that for the council to notice him.

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  12. I really love this! Cheering for Darryl. So well written, Liz.

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  13. Blessings for all. Nobody should ever be forced to survive like that. Good story.

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    1. There are more people becoming homeless because of the pandemic.

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  14. I wish homeless folks could just have access to housing without needing to be heroes! Great story, thank you.

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    1. If only there was enough housing to go round! But still people are smuggled into our overcrowded shores.

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  15. A feel good story, a good thing just now I think.

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  16. Well at least his good deed was rewarded!

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