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A fictional short story. A man is reading on his garden porch when he sees something that will cause him to spill his tea.

 

During COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa, I decided to stay at my parent's house because there is a garden. I was on the front stoep sipping tea and reading The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. I then saw something in the empty plot over the road and my mind starting buzzing and this story formed in my head. I finished Hemingway and then went inside and started writing this story.

 

Started around May 2020, this version finished May 2021.