Avatar Author: Miles Letham If you met him on the street, Miles would probably seem quite tangible. This is a common misconception, and the writer would like to gently remind the reader that he does not actually, as such, exist. And also calmly sugg... Read Bio

She was going mad. It was a verdict that they took great care in announcing, delicately choosing their words to lessen the blow. They spoke it almost inaudibly, shifting their feet and wringing their hands as they avoided her gaze.

Her laughter jolted their heads back up and all eyes were on the howling maiden, barely able to contain herself as the chuckles turned into cackles that mated with ringing giggles.

“Going? Going and already gone. Out on holiday, spurred to walk-about, completely buggers! And you’re telling me this now? You silly people.”

They were taken aback and took another step and another until their backs hit the wall and the first of them spoke up in defense.

“Well,” he said, “it seemed important that you should know.”

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  1. Avatar Sir Bic

    Insanity is one of my greatest fears. Unfortunately your character didn’t frighten me as she did the others in the story. I actually felt a little sorry for her.
    ‘…spurred to walkabout…’, hadn’t heard that one before. []o)

  2. Avatar Miles Letham

    Truthfully, I was attempting a vague sort of humor about a well-meant but horribly awkward intervention, but perhaps my funny bone needs further polishing before it rings clear! :)

  3. Avatar 32 ^2

    You have some British in there. I’ve worked in the mental health field for a long time much less taking care of the mentally aging. You add one element here that speaks of who you might be: Someone who still feels that even the crazy deserve a certain level of respect. Your last line caused me to explode with laughter (it’s 3 a.m. and I’m floating in the pool, so a few lights came on) not because it was funny, but sometimes glaring truth can be REALLY funny. I think the group of people facing her are sweet and they love her very much, I’m happy she has them in her life; they’ll do all they can to accommodate her.

  4. Avatar 32 ^2

    (Oh my, the look on my Grandfather’s face when we told him he wasn’t allowed to drive anymore)