This was originally written on August 12th last year, and is part of https://fivedotoh.com/2022/08/12/fandangos-flashback-friday-august-12th/
Two word prompts, one story – blunt and garrulous
In the Dark
‘Stick to what you’re good at. You’ve been given a great opportunity as a food critic, and your articles have a great readership. But as a reporter, you will be in dangerous situations.’
‘Is it because I’m a woman, or because I’m blind?’
Sarah had a tendency to be blunt, when she was faced with stupid people. It wasn’t any different now. This garrulous editor, with his views on women were outdated. If he were born in the 1950’s, he would have fit right in.
Her editor in chief gave a little cough. ‘I mean, how can you expect to be out in the field. What if someone attacks you. I’m not insured, and if you get injured.’
‘I’m at home in the dark Gerald, and what I miss out on with my lack of sight, I make up for in what I hear. Nobody would take notice of me in the background.’
‘I’ve made my decision,’ he said.
Sarah took a deep breath, and pushed her chair back. Merlin’s rough fur crashed across her leg, as he stood up with her. Why was Gerald so insistent she wouldn’t be able to cope. Apart from anything, nobody would bother her with her dog around. A forty pound, German Shepard, his loyalty never faltered.
‘I’m sorry Sarah, I’ve my paper to think of.’
‘You’re wrong, I’m just as capable as any of your reporters, if not better,’ Sarah said, thinking of Nancy Drew. Her braille copies taking her to a world where she solved crimes alongside this strong, female lead.
One day she would be a reporter – she wouldn’t give up on her dream.