houndstooth-1Bernard checks the advice on the website again:

1. Get close, but not too close. If the person sits and you stand, avoid having your crotch near their face.

2. Try to catch the person’s eye, but don’t stare, as this might make them nervous or even scared.

3. Start a conversation; ask a question requiring more than a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. Be prepared to repeat yourself. 

8.02. The bus arrives in ten minutes. He prays she will be on it. In front of the hall mirror he adjusts his new houndstooth newsboy cap. It hides his monks’ crown.


Digby Beaumonts short fiction appears widely in magazines and anthologies, both online and in print, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology.


Photo credit: James


3 Responses to “Houndstooth”

  1. Kate says:

    Really enjoyed this. Made me smile.

  2. Deanne Charlton says:

    THIS is why I read 100 word stories!

  3. Patti Parkinson says:

    Excellent story by a brilliant writer. Kudos to all.

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