https://nopenotpam.com/ gives us writers a letter a week. This week the letter is
Place – kentucky
Emotion – kindness
Adjective – knockout
Verb – kick
My animal – kangaroo
Sarah walked past the same man every day.
Winter was worse this year, and the frost went through to her skin. She ordered her normal Kentucky fried chicken order and thought it wouldn’t cost that much extra to order two. Sometimes kindness was the only thing to show.
There were times when she saw his treatment. A kick to his hat, and the laughter when the change went everywhere. The look from passing pedestrians, thinking they were above him.
‘There for the grace of god go I,’ she said to herself.
She wasn’t sure she believed in God, but the sentiment she did believe in. It didn’t take much to walk in someone else’s shoes. To care for another human being’s needs.
‘Knockout,; he said, accepting the meal, ‘but could you do me a favour. I would like to share the time as well.’
So, there she was, sitting on the blanket he very kindly put out for her. His dog, shared the meal too. It was the first time she heard him speak.
‘What’s his name,’ Sarah asked.
‘Kangaroo, because he’s got a bit of a kick to him,’ he said, laughing at his own joke. ‘We’ve been mates for years.
We finish our meal, and as I leave, he smiles at me. ‘Thank you, that were a lovely dinner.’
She fishes in her pocket for some change, but pulls out ten pound instead. She was going to spend it on a pair of shoes, but he needed the money more. She vowed search for a place he could spend the nights in. At first she thought he was going to refuse.
‘For the company,’ she said.