Sunday, 4 February 2018

Teapot Tales No. 4: Andy


A series of short pieces of writing forming different perspectives
around a common theme.


Teapot Tales No. 4: Andy


The rain thundered on the glass panes above them. Andy was sure he had finally solved the problem with the lawnmower’s starter motor and he knew Peter would be pleased. He had the orchard to mow tomorrow and needed the ride-on mower to be working. Whilst rummaging about in the back of the workshop recently he had found a rusty carburettor which he now realised belonged to the old Atco lawnmower. Their 1964 MF35X tractor restoration project was progressing slowly and finding an old fuel injection pump hidden in the same place had saved him trying to look on the internet for something similar. He despised modern technology but had to admit that it had its uses. He worked well with Peter though their relationship had been little strained recently when he dismantled a computer to see how the hard drive worked and then couldn’t put it together again. Most of the time he was able to fix things with a hammer, socket set and WD40. This time, his sworn by engineering skills failed to work and somehow didn’t meet with Peter’s approval.
After a few minutes the rain eased off and Peter and Paula left the greenhouse and made a dash for the house.
'Looks like they’ve gone and forgot the teapot,' Andy said to himself. The others were too far away by now to call back.
He picked up the teapot and fished out a couple of tea bags.
'These could be useful,' he thought to himself. He placed the pot back down, leaving a few distinctly oily fingerprints on the glaze. He didn’t like the design, too modern for his tastes.

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