Slap on the Wrist

“Don’t pull that face at me, young man, or I’ll-”

“What. Slap me on the wrist? You can’t do nothing.”

“Anything. Just wait until you’re disabled and need the space.”

“Ha! I ain’t never gonna be like… that.”

“There’s no telling what might happen when no-one’s… looking.”

“What? Hey! What are you doing? No! Stop!”



Morgen Bailey.

  • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

    Oh-oh, making someone disabled over a look — I don’t think I’ll ever want to meet that guy :)

    Nice dialogue, I liked the escalation in it.

    • Morgen Bailey

      Thank you, Austin. That’s not quite why the old guy did what he did (or not my intention – I wanted him to react to what the young man said about the disabled) but interesting you thought that. Thank you for publishing it.

      • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

        Maybe it’s my own preferences at work — I’m allergic to all violence apart from self-defence. Making someone disabled over a word… okay. How’s that different from making someone disabled over a look? :)

        • Morgen Bailey

          That’s very true. The joy of fiction is that we get to vent our anger on paper. I had a disabled uncle and often felt like that but of course would never have lashed out – I was usually too chicken to even give them a telling off, but give me a pen and paper…

  • Jane Risdon

    Wonderful story Morgen. You always come up trumps and never disappoint however many words you play with. Your ideas never cease to amaze me.

    • Morgen Bailey

      Thank you very much, Jane. One would think, at one a day, I’d run out so I I created a dozen 80-side display books, all but one filled with newspaper cuttings but I’ve not referred to them yet! :)

  • Lynette Willows

    That was great. As a mother with a handicapped son, I truly enjoyed that. I also shared. Anyone who knows me will know why. LOL

    • Morgen Bailey

      Thank you, Lynette. I felt the same with my uncle especially when they said, “I’m only going to the cashpoint”. grrr…

  • Andrew Leslie

    Very good piece, I like some others already who have noted, feel an affection for the frustration of those morons who take disabled spaces simply because their legs are too fat to walk the additional 20 or so feet from a normal space. I loved the revenge aspect at the end, very dark

    • Morgen Bailey

      Thank you, Andrew. That’s my brain; very dark. :)

  • Deborah Lean

    I have a permit and got yelled at one day, apparently another shopper thought I was abusing the space. I guess I didn’t ‘look’ handicapped in her mind, which is a whole other story…invisible handicaps.

    Seeing able bodied people use the designated parking is frustrating. Your story, fiction I hope, expresses how many of us would react, in a mental exercise of course.

    • Morgen Bailey

      Of course, Deborah. :) I have a writing friend with M.E. and she gets verbally assaulted all the time for looking well and parking in disabled spaces. The paraolympics we had here last summer have helped raise awareness but I don’t think Joe Public will ever see the disabled as equals but that’s their (the public) failing.