Parked behind a van on Brynglas road waiting to turn right into Malpas Road, I could see a man on the pavement on the other side of the road. There was a girl with a pushchair next to him. The girl was glued to her phone while the pushchair was right on the kerb.
When a gap appeared in the traffic the van shot off, and the man decided to run across the road. Without even looking up from her phone the dopey girl with the pushchair followed. The van screeched to halt in a cloud of burnt rubber as the driver slammed on the brakes, missing the pushchair by the thickness of a cigarette paper. The driver howled at the girl, as you do when you’ve almost had a heart attack.
Her response – the finger! And a face like a robber’s dog glaring back at him.
Then she carried on across the road still glued to her phone. Probably updating her Facebook page with a story about an ignorant van driver who almost ran her down, and in broad daylight too.
Published by Brendan Gerad O'Brien
Born in Tralee, Co Kerry, I now lives in Wales.
As a child I spent his summer holidays in Listowel, Co Kerry where my uncle Moss Scanlon had a Harness Maker’s shop which was a magnet for all sorts of colourful characters. It was there that my love of words was kindled by the stories of John B. Keane and Bryan MacMahon, who often wandered in for a chat and bit of jovial banter.
I started writing short stories based on those characters and had twenty published in various anthologies and eMags over the years. I’ve now self-published them in a collection called Dreamin’ Dreams which is available through Smashwords.com and Amazon.com, and also as stand-alone items through the same medium.
My first novel, a thriller set in Wales during WW2 called
Dark September is published by Tirgearr Publishing.
Gallows Field is my second thriller and set in Ireland during WW2, and is self-published with Amazon and Smashwords.com
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