This week’s prompt over at Carrot Ranch was to write a 99-word (no more, no less) story about a postal carrier in an extreme situation. From the site: (http://www.carrotranch.com )
“In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a postal carrier in an extreme situation. Even if you base your story on a true one, focus on the core trait of this postal carrier. Go where the prompt leads!”
While this pedometer geek didn’t really focus on the core trait (other than show that the man was just doing his job), the story is as follows:
Recently, a postman climbed out of his truck, grabbing a package to deliver. Although his vehicle was pulled to the side of the road, he was sideswiped by a driver who wasn’t paying attention. The driver didn’t stop; he hit the man and kept going.
Sustaining injuries that included two broken legs and a crushed pelvis, Carl was off work recovering for more than a year.
Now, all the post office trucks around here sport a red flag. The flag is a recent addition, but became necessary to protect the men and women who deliver the mail, particularly packages.
Nancy Brady, 2020
This was based on a true story. One of our local postal carriers was hit as he was getting a package out of his truck. It was a hit-and-run accident, and it is surmised that the driver was texting on his phone, rather than paying attention. The postal carrier is lucky to be alive considering all of his injuries, and he may be finally back to work. It is my guess that this is the reason for the flags mounted on the trucks.
Check out all the stories about postal carriers at http://www.carrotranch.com and then check back Friday for the next prompt to participate.