The locked door

Midwest Times - - OPINION - Peter Crid­dle

Locked out. Now, why on Earth would they lock this place up?

There’s no one in­side and there’s noth­ing of value in a va­cant house. I’ve got to get in. Find some shel­ter. The sky is go­ing to open up very soon.

I’ll rat­tle the door knob. As if that will do any good. Per­haps I can pull it out. I could kick in the door. Why couldn’t I have been a lock­smith? They do it in the movies. I’ll pick the lock.

Now, where’s my pocket knife? I’ve been fid­dling around try­ing to get the door un­locked for nearly 10 min­utes. I’m start­ing to lose my cool. It’s start­ing to rain.

The heav­ens have opened. The rain is com­ing down in tor­rents.

Fi­nally, af­ter an­other five min­utes of frus­tra­tion com­bined with anger I get the door open. I get in­side and close the door. It won’t shut prop­erly so I’ll sit down and rest against it. Then I spot it. All the frus­tra­tion could have been avoided.

Not only is a win­dow open but so is the back door. Read­ers in­ter­ested in con­tribut­ing to Writ­ers’ Cor­ner can email sto­ries (max­i­mum 200 words) to neal@wn.com.au. Writ­ers of the Co­ral Coast meet at 2pm on the sec­ond and fourth Sun­days of the month at the City of Greater Ger­ald­ton Li­brary. The group wel­comes writ­ers of all abil­i­ties.

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