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Lorry: Happy 75th Word!

Monday, July 3, 2017. Daily Brit Wit. 


Noun (pl. noun lorries)

A truck; a semi; a large, heavy motor vehicle for transporting goods or troops.

"Consciousness doesn't slam back into her, jarring her awake; this was easily the third time she has awoken since half-three in the morning. No, she leaves the lucid consciousness of a forty-minute snooze and stretches. Her full bladder protests going back to sleep. 

She is too lazy to stretch her right arm out to grab her glasses. She lies still and listens to city life yawning, traffic mostly light with the occasional blearing car horn. She separates taxis from lorries based on size, obviously, but mostly by the lorry's deeper whistle as it barrels past. She blinks rapidly and squints at the time on the cable box. At first, she thinks it says nine-fifty-six and that sends her heart into a tizzy. She bolts upright, pauses to allow the blinding dizziness to pass enough that it'll be nothing permanent, and fumbles for her glasses. Her lungs whoosh in thanksgiving when she reads six-twenty-eight."


4 thoughts on “Lorry: Happy 75th Word!

  1. Oh, this one is fun too! The character could easily be the same as in “Programme”. ^_^
    I find the first paragraph a bit awkward and not as vivid as the rest, but maybe that’s just a result of English being my second language.

    Keep up the good work!

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    1. Ah, thank you very much!! 😁 Yeah, perhaps the two characters could be the same. Huh. Never thought of that. A great connection!
      I can see where that happened. Perhaps it’s a combination of the character waking up as well as it’s been a looooong time since I’ve written it. 😅
      Thank you for your continued readership; it means the world to me!

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      1. My pleasure, literally. I’m always on the lookout for good writers.

        It’s fun to see (or be pointed out) signs of our own improvement that we tend to miss when focusing on the path ahead of us. ^_^ Keep writing dear.

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