Jim’s Shorts
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Jim’s Shorts

Teddy the Tortoise

Flash Fiction

Teddy the Tortoise bravely steps forward in a story by Jim Latham (Jim’s Shorts).
Photo by Peter Schulz on Unsplash

Teddy the tortoise had been roaming the ward longer than anybody else. Not even Audrey the elderly orderly knew who named him — or why he wandered the garden paths at night.

Ann never admitted, not even years later, that she was behind it, but someone — let’s just say it was Ann — started sticking candles on Teddy’s back on Friday nights.

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