Property Dealings: Three Line Tales


photo by Andre Benz via Unsplash

I own this station. I bought it fair and square even if it was a bankruptcy sale. The first thing I’d do is get rid of the voice. “Mind the gap” annoyed me immensely.  Perhaps I’d charge a premium if trains wanted to stop at my station. No, I’ll swap it for Mayfair.

Thanks to Sonya for prompting three line tales.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
This entry was posted in creative writing, fiction, flash fiction and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to Property Dealings: Three Line Tales

  1. I think I get the premise – the curmudgeonly narrator who wants to be left alone. I hope the gap is not too wide. But what is Mayfair?

    Liked by 1 person

    • I wpndered Sharon. This is one that probably only English and Australians would get without explanation although I am sure that you have an American Version of the game monopoly. If you don’t know the game you buy properties (the most expensive being Mayfair (perhaps you might have Park Lane). Stations are bought as are utilities and it is good to get a monopoly forcing bankruptcy or jail sentences on your other players. Mind the gap was something that hit me with the tube trains in London. A very distinctive voice that was very annoying would intone whenever a train came into the station “Mind the gap” to ensure people didn’t fall between the train and platform. It really had nothing to do with anything apart from daydreaming.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. macmsue says:

    “Mind the gap” is always driving me nuts by the time I reach the city from home. There are ten stops and it takes about 20 minutes to get there so that means the phrase is repeated every two minutes. It’s almost enough to make a person leap into the gap!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s