On To Jakarta.

A short story about the end of an advertising man.

Robert Cormack
Aug 8, 2020 · 10 min read
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What did Roland expect? Not Jakarta, that’s for sure. He’d been there during the war. It was a staging area for what he called the Pacific Squabble.

“So that’s that, then,” Cagney said to us. “All the way to Jakarta for nothing. Seems like a waste, doesn’t it? How did he forget his portfolio?”

The back of the toilet was broken, the floater held together with a pair of old underwear. “I couldn’t even find his toothbrush,” I said.

He had to belly land and walk off the wing. “Broke my nose in three places,” he said.

“Roland was here at that point. They were supposed to join him, mother, daughter and son. They never bothered.”

“But a home, Holly? Where’s the dignity in that?”

They were still calling him a “nutter,” but they had that look in their eyes.

One had him in his uniform, looking like a young Hemingway, standing in front of a plane with other pilots.

They were singing “Shosholoza.”

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Robert Cormack

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I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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