Precious Time

by joetwo

When his sister asked to help in the Bake-Sale, Martin was too busy. He apologised of course, and gave a little money, but he needed to work, his time was precious.

When his brother wanted him to take part in a charity five-a-side, Martin regretfully declined. He had a deadline that needed to be filled and he was unable to take off even that meager amount of time. The fifty he donated to the cause was, he knew, slim consolation.

When his mother was looking for participants for the fun-run. He was due to be on a business trip at the time and  offered to double the sponsorship his mother received.

Finally his father was organizing a jumble sale for his church. He hmmmed and hawwwed but finally agreed. For the week beforehand he worked like a dog, made sure that all his work was done, that there was no possibility that the boss would call him demanding that something be done. It wasn’t certain, but he was as sure as he could be.

It was with a happy heart that Martin drove his Merc into the church car park that Saturday morning. He lifted a big bag of his old suits from the boot and sauntered to the door.

Only to find that it was locked.  

He looked through the window and could see the clothes, books, and assorted knick knacks laid out but there was no one there. He tried around the back but that was locked too, he used his mobile to send a message to his father but there was no answer. He decided to wait.

The sun was shining through the window of the car and even with the door open it was unbearably hot, as were his nerves.

After half an hour of that, and with still no sign of anybody, he decided to finally go.

He had an envelope and some notepaper in the glovebox. He wrote out a cheque for a hundred and a little note saying.

I came but there was no one here. I kept my word.

He put both the cheque and the note in the envelope and passed it through the letter box. Then he went back to his car.

He had a whole day of precious time to spend. He wasn’t entirely sure what to do. He was sure he’d think of something.

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Written for The Light and Shade Challenge of Monday June 30th 2014.

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