1037. I won’t be needing that

His wife made him a lovely sandwich lunch plus an apple to take with him.

I won’t be needing that, he said.

His wife fetched him his raincoat to take with him.

I won’t be needing that, he said.

His wife gave him some coins to take with him.

I won’t be needing that, he said.

His wife printed off directions of how to get there.

I won’t be needing that, he said.

Mukhtar went down to the crowded railway station and blew himself up.

15 thoughts on “1037. I won’t be needing that

  1. umashankar

    I hate the phrase but that indeed has become the ‘New Normal’. Then, as has been rightly said, great literature is a mirror of the times. And when it comes from the master of irony and satire, it is packed with anticipation that explodes in your face, revealing not only the grisly intent painted with a soft brush, but also the residue of human soul crushed in the process, as displayed by the caring wife.

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  2. Andrea Stephenson

    Bruce, I think you’ve captured well that disconnect between the small, everyday things of life as it carries on and the horrific events that overtake it, the fact too that we’re all ordinary people but some do unimaginable things.

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