An Unhappy Man

by Nik Perring

January 2009 "Six of the Month" Nominee

School didn't suit him, it was boring, so he left when he was fifteen. He started working in a factory, packing pills, but that didn't suit him either so he resigned and found work at a bakery, but he didn't like it there either. He went on the dole, but the dole didn't suit him, not enough money, nothing to do, so he joined the army. Staying on base didn't suit him but that was fine because before long he was transferred, sent to the front. He liked it there, felt at home, alive, like he was doing something worthwhile, but one day he got in the way of a bullet. The wheelchair they put him in didn't suit him at all.


Nik Perring is a writer and workshop leader from the UK. He's published short stories, poems and a children's book. He blogs here, and has a website here.