Holbert has five missed calls from his brother.
He hasn’t spoken to him on five years, following an argument at their sister’s funeral.
When the phone rings again he takes a deep breath, preparing for a confrontation.
It is Valerie, Darren’s eldest daughter.
“Dad’s dead,” she says, her voice shaking.
This is the two-hundred-and-twentieth story in the series of Humpbuckle Tales. Each story is precisely 50 words long. They are meant to be independent stories, but if you read them all you will find each one adds another piece to the puzzle – there is a bigger story that is being told.
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You will find over 70 more Humpbuckle Tales on the @humbuckletales Hive blog (so this blog is about 6 weeks behind)
On Hive I publish 12 stories per week (Monday to Saturday one story per day and then six 50-word stories in one post on a Sunday).
On HumpbuckleTales.com I also publish 12 tales a week but at a different schedule (and about 6 weeks behind): 2 Tales every day, Monday-Friday and 1 Tale on Saturday and 1 Tale on Sunday.