Sunday, March 06, 2016

Mag #308: Last Kiss


April 24th, 1942. London: At dawn yesterday, a young woman identified as Erica Carter was struck and killed by an automobile as she was posting a letter in the Spitalfields neighborhood, according to a Scotland Yard spokesman. Killed instantly, Carter was pronounced dead by ambulance attendants at the scene. The driver of the automobile is being held pending further identification.

Detectives speculate the driver, after accelerating rapidly from the end of the road, lost control of the automobile's steering. When he applied the brakes, he claims the car skidded on the slick roadway surface and struck down the unsuspecting Miss Carter, who was deaf from birth. There were no other automobiles on the roadway at the time. The driver had dropped off his wife and he claimed he "was in a hurry to get to work on time."

According to her parents, Miss Carter, a canteen worker with the WAV, was on her way to her job when she stopped to post the letter. Engaged to Flt Lt John D. Garrows RAF, currently posted in Gibraltar, Garrows and Carter were to be married in December of this year. 

  

12 comments:

  1. like your take on the prompt

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  2. Love the direction you chose. Well done!

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  3. And in a cruel twist of fate , Garrows survived the war

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  4. A different take on the prompt... so very sad :-(

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  5. Aw. That's a sad story.

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    1. The car in the background looked ominous to me.It's smack dab in the middle of the scene and looks like it's aimed at her. I could hear the engine rumbling as I studied the prompt and wanted to yell at her, "Turn around!"

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  6. This is so sad but a nice read

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  7. Yes, this was a fabulous read, something different, just what the reader craves! I did (for my mag) a bit of an unexpected turn as well!

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  8. I like the news article format...clever..,.

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  9. Cool response to the prompt.

    =)

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  10. Wow this is a wonderful unique take on the prompt Helen! Intense and beautifully written!

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