Smorgasbord Short Stories – What’s in a Name – Clive – The Debt by Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I continue the short stories from my collection What’s in a Name?, with a story of a young child whose destiny is determined by a single act of kindness and bravery.

Clive – The debt

The boy stirred in his cot and waved his chubby fist in the air. The mid-afternoon sun was barred from his room by the rattan blinds at the window. The slowly moving blades of the fan above his cot sent a welcome and cooling breeze across his hot skin. The rest of the house was quiet, except for the gentle snoring of his amah as she dozed fitfully on the pallet on the other side of the room.

The boy was called Clive and was the fourth child and first son of a naval officer and his wife who were stationed here in Trincomalee. He was three years old and his curly blonde hair now…

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