Old Ben was a “shave and a haircut, two bits” man. The old-fashioned knock covered all eventualities; bold, urgent, even insouciant. He’d never seen the need for Fancy Dan doorbells, most especially ones that played Pachelbel’s Canon or Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Affections, he reckoned. And, besides, who wanted the Looney Tunes theme at their door when the caller was there for the worst of reasons? People didn’t think that. And they ought to. Just to anticipate, even for a moment, how it might feel before they were forced to feel. But, this wasn’t the time for such thoughts. Old Ben smoothed down his own recently trimmed hair and checked the reflection of his freshly shaved jowls. He hefted up the bouquet of flowers and he extended digit to doorbell. On this occasion, he was happy to be humoured.
Mike Hickman (@MikeHicWriter) is a writer from York, England. He has written for Off the Rock Productions (stage and audio), including 2018's "Not So Funny Now" about Groucho Marx and Erin Fleming. He has recently been published in EllipsisZine, Dwelling Literary, Bandit Fiction, Nymphs, Flash Fiction Magazine, Brown Bag, and Safe and Sound Press. His co-written, completed six-part BBC radio sit com remains unproduced but available to interested producers!