Setbacks, by Bruce Arbuckle

“Our new life begins tomorrow” , Bill says. “Promise.”

One set back after another. First their passports went missing. Then Bill had food poisoning. It was almost as if someone was telling them not to go. Claire waits for Bill to fall asleep, then sneaks outside and slashes their car tyres.

A 50-word story written by Bruce Arbuckle, inspired by the Freewriters Writing Prompt on Hive, “tomorrow it would start”

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