The Secret Letter

26 Jan

It looked like any other piece of correspondence but he knew this was different. This was the secret letter he’d been waiting for in moody silence for weeks.

The envelope was plain, the contents unremarkable. He knew to get the real message he must soak off the stamp.

He turned on the kettle and, as it came to the boil, dangled the envelope over the spout in the jet of steam. To his huge disappointment, the stamp was bare. There was no code to be revealed.

“Oh well,” he thought, and used the water to make a cup of tea.

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2 Responses to “The Secret Letter”

  1. auntie em 27 January 2012 at 11:14 #

    I like the stoicism of the protagonist at the end. A really nice turn of pathos. I also like how ambiguous the story is: is the protagonist really going to receive that message, or is he a Walter Mitty. I love the space for speculation that that affords.

    • Mrs G 27 January 2012 at 12:03 #

      Thank you very much. I’m glad you liked it. I wanted to leave it open-ended. A story that short is told more in the mind of the receiver than it is in the words of the storyteller.

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