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A (Lunch) time for Heroes

Humour Short Story Competition

Ideally this story would have taken place somewhere exotic, perhaps with a stiff breeze to tousle the hair and a generous cloud of dry ice through which to emerge, but we both know life isn’t like that. And anyway, the breeze would disperse the dry ice.

So instead, you’ll have to make do with a damp grey day at a damp grey comprehensive school in a damp grey town. It was twenty-odd years ago: a time when there were only four television channels, pop-reggae was bafflingly popular and a packet of Space Raiders was still ten pence. A time for heroes? You decide.

That drizzle-spattered lunchtime, Chris, Tim and I were sitting on a bench, minding our own collective business. The transition to ‘big school’ had been recent and daunting but the three of us had gravitated together early on. We didn’t bother anyone else and they didn’t bother with us. With one major exception…

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