Wall Street Shuffle
Responsibility and optimism are the keystones of a true gentleman’s character they had said. George always tried to follow that maxim.
Like his brothers, he had volunteered. Unlike them, he had returned. The men followed him, even across the Somme, trusting that a gentleman knew what he was about. They had ragged him, of course, but all in good fun, about his habit of carrying an umbrella instead of a rifle. ‘More likely to get rained on than shot. None of you buggers can shoot straight, why should the Hun be any different?’ praying that were true.
Now, his business had died too, mown down by unseen and inexplicable forces, he would face up to the failure that would put good men in the poor house. That was responsibility, he thought. And optimism? Well, he still had his umbrella; and two hundred feet wasn’t really that far down, was it?
This story was written for Angela Goff's Visual Dare 'Between'