Double Trouble

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 9th August 2020, inevitable.


Anna’s younger sister (Zara) and brother-in-law (Dan) seemed set on a particular course. Early twenties, two children already… it was inevitable that there would be more.

Imagine Anna’s surprise, then, when she received a call from Zara one evening. Could she look after the boys for the afternoon? Mum and Dad were away, and she and Dan wanted to attend a seminar up in London in a couple of weekends time.

With no special plans of her own, Anna agreed. Looking after two baby boys for the afternoon might be… educational! “What’s the seminar about?”, she asked. “Tips and tricks for self-publishing”, Zara replied. The host was somebody Anna had never heard of.

Anna had vaguely heard Zara talk about this before. With two babies in tow, Zara was trying to turn her hobby of writing children’s books into something which might, at least, bring in some extra income. With the boys, the hours were unpredictable, but at the very least, it was something she could do from home.


I’ve written a background to these characters, in the posts below.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Formerly Stroke Survivor UK. Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

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