This made me smile — I have the tiniest piece of Twitter fiction up at The List. Thanks to the editors for including it.
Their National Flash-Fiction day challenge was to create a piece of fiction in 100 characters, which in my case formed 23 words:
— TU (@TMUpchurch) June 16, 2015
No power to draw your cup to my lips, no siren I; just the ravenous call of a lost gull under forbidding skies.
This little piece was inspired by a conversation with a friend about the seventies’ sitcom, RISING DAMP, in which the frumpy and ungainly Miss Jones sang her siren song to the miserly and socially inept landlord, Rigsby. We were interrupted by the cry of a herring gull, piercing and painfully similar to that of a hungry infant. All day they call, racing to feed, pair and breed before time catches up.