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The Hand Shake

THE HAND SHAKE

by

Kelvin M. Knight (Rev B)

Being a superhero was Todor’s dream. That sense of justice, that ability to breathe heroism, that freedom to fly, of being unrestrained, unbounded, glimpsing this rooftop as he rocketed towards some new catastrophe.

‘Who am I kidding?’

He was petrified of heights, couldn’t even stand up straight on this building’s roof let alone stand up for himself in a fight. He wasn’t a coward, though; his mother taught him from childhood to turn the other cheek.

‘Meekness does not mean weakness,’ she used to whisper while hugging him.

His hands shook as he yearned for a hug from her. She was his hero. The way she lay in that hospital bed, smiling serenely as the light dripped from her eyes, never grumbling, not once, even at the end.

Watching that shake shoot up his arms then drop into his legs, Todor found himself on the edge.

Above him, stars cried.

(150 words)


THE HAND SHAKE (Rev A)

by

Kelvin M. Knight

Being a superhero was Todor’s lifelong dream. That sense of justice, that ability to demonstrate heroism were cornerstones, but that freedom to fly, of being unrestrained, unbounded, looking down on people with compassion not disdain…

He groaned. Who was he kidding?

He was petrified of heights, couldn’t even stand up straight on this building top let alone stand up for himself in a fight. He wasn’t a coward, though; his mother taught him from childhood to turn the other cheek.

‘Meekness does not mean weakness,’ she used to whisper while hugging him.

His hands shook as he yearned for a hug from her. She was his hero. The way she lay in that hospital bed, smiling serenely as the light dripped from her eyes, never grumbling, not once, even at the end.

Todor’s hands shook so violently now one of them appeared away to his left, followed by his legs…

(150 words)


WhatPegmanSaw

Today Pegman ventures to the Balkans to spend some time in Bulgaria. Feel free to use the prompt to inspire you in any way you see fit, be it historical fiction, poetry, a personal narrative, fantasy or whatever you like. The only requirement is to keep your post to 150 words or less as a gesture of respect for your readers.

Click on the blue frog below to add your story to this week’s link-up and to read the work of your co-contributors. If you have any suggestions where to send the little yellow guy, let us know.

Have fun and do your best!

-JHC


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Author:

First and foremost I am a reader, then a storyteller. My reading tastes are eclectic. My writing can focus around the intimacy of closed settings and may tend towards characters who might be hiding something from themselves.

24 thoughts on “The Hand Shake

  1. Like the others, I’m not sure about that last line, but the rest is very touching and sad, a tribute to the courage of his mother and her quiet courage in contrast to the flashy kind you see depicted in superhero movies. Lovely stuff Kelvin

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      1. Just saying what worked for me and what didn’t. I’m often writing work people don’t fully ‘get’ becuase I haven’t made my writing clear enough. Hard to know what comes across on the page and what doesn’t sometimes. Haooy writing 🙂

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  2. Dear Kelvin,

    The description of his mother shot straight to my heart. She was a true hero. Like Karen, however, I find the last line about the hands and legs a tad baffling. Well written, nonetheless.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  3. When I realised the point of your last paragraph, I laughed out loud – which, in a way, was a shame, because the rest of the post was touching, with a complex take on the meaning of courage. Did Todor turn the other cheek, or was he just a coward? We don’t know, and we don’t need to know; but which of the two am I, I wonder?

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  4. Love how you contrast heroism and courage in this story, although I confess I’m a little confused as to what’s happened at that last bit. Maybe I just need more coffee….

    Really great to see you, Kelvin!

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  5. Good to find a writing from you Kelvin. I’ve been struggling to catch-up on my reader, and I’m not recovering as quickly as I would like, so I’m not on my blog as much as I would like….. I found your “The Hand Shake” story quite intriguing, and the ending was sad, as interpreted that Todor might have jumped….

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    1. Hey Ivor, not recovering as quickly as you like? You have me worried – has something happened? I am so sorry if it has and I’ve missed it – been away from my blog and email and usual volunteering duties for ten days or so while I concentrate completely on my wife’s full recovery.

      Sorry you found story sad. Interesting you thought he might be jumping 🤔

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      1. Haha, maybe it’s me that wants to jump !! I’m still suffering from my occipital neuralgia. I’ve had the condition for few years, and the flare-ups come and go, but this time it’s struck with a vengeance, and hasn’t gone !! so for the last 4 weeks I’ve been in some continual headache pain, and it’s all been so very physically and mentally tiring, but I’m battling on…. just not able to as much https://1drv.ms/i/s!Asumt4cZ9A65g8MyBbJyGWyVXIjRTg

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