As the new postmaster of this quaint little sleepy village of Dorfli, I had little to look forward to. I braced myself up for a sleepy day ahead.
An old lady walked into the post office, hunched, frail, trembling- what stood out were her glistening eyes. She looked at me eagerly as I searched for a letter in the name of Doris Weismann. I found one and was about to hand it over when something struck me as out of place. The postcard had the sender’s address which referred to a city called Hope. Never heard of this place, strange it seemed.
Doris started getting impatient and I handed over the letter, her trembling hands reached out with excitement all over her face as she walked back, I could feel the spring in her step, I swear.
This became a fortnightly ritual and the letters kept coming. I discovered these are from her son who had moved to Italy years ago and never visited but always sent letters and a yearly Christmas present for his old mother. The son’s return address stood out like a sore thumb, I was determined to uncover the truth and I did just that.
This was just a fake place that had been made up, perhaps he dint want her to know his real address lest she come visiting.
As I was immersed in deep thought charting out various possibilities, a young girl came to post her letter as always. She had the most wonderful smile, something that goes straight to your heart. Perhaps writing to her father at war or a cousin I thought.
I flipped the letter by chance and saw something that brought a smile to face and reminded me that whatever the world may come to, love and hope still remained intact.
Written in response to the photo prompt for FictionMondays hosted Vinitha
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