Please Let Me Sleep

It’s a very long time since I posted any fiction on this page, and as I was thinking that, serendipitously a message arrived from Julia with a new 100WCGU.

“Have you heard,” said Carol, “the corner house has been let.”

“Oh that’s good. I haven’t liked seeing it empty. Who’s moving in? A family?”

“No, a few nurses sharing.”

“How nice.”

Rosemary imagined fresh-faced young women; serious, caring, calm. Metaphorical cool hands on the neighbourhood’s brow; Anna Neagle playing Edith Cavell, selfless and saintlike. Or was she thinking of Audrey Hepburn?

She was unprepared for the reality.

Soon she longed for cold weather, heavy rain, blizzards.

“Please let me sleep,” she prayed each unrelenting night, as music and shouting spilled from their house through her tightly closed windows.

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15 thoughts on “Please Let Me Sleep

    • I have suffered from noisy neighbours talking in their gardens far into the night on warm evenings and keeping me awake. But some people I know had the nurses from hell living near them.

  1. Aaaaaa…i get u. Especially when my own roommates doesn`t know how to turn off her alarm at 3 in the morning for almost the whole semester! ^^

  2. Thank you for taking up your pen Isobel. I can imagine what that must be like for folks with that situation to deal with. Love the Anna Neagle reference! Loved those films 🙂

  3. We have had neighbors like that in the past, only it was dirt bikes and ATVs running all over. A new house has been built just down the road from us… our fingers are crossed.
    Nice to see you writing fiction again.

    • I have been writing some fiction but not here and not flash fiction. It is a discipline i really like. So who knwos, I may get into it again. 🙂

      Noisy neighbours are hard to deal with.

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