James Holden: Freebies

I was crammed into a corner below the steps that lead off the Great Northern Line platforms at Finsbury Park station. Wearing a loud fleece, I was stood behind a massive plastic barrel, giving freebies to the harassed and hurried commuters.

A man came up to me, wearing a suit, shirt open at the top button, a day’s stubble on his face and a copy of Metro in his arms. He looked to be in his mid-thirties.

“What you giving away? Is it yoghurt?”

“No, not yoghurt…”

“But it’s some sort of food, right? ‘Cos I didn’t have time for breakfast this morning.”

“Er… no. Today’s freebies have been provided by the London Review of Books.”

“The … what the… what are they giving away?”

“Well …” I dipped my hand into the tub. “There’s a copy of Das Kaipital.”

“Sounds foreign – is it by the same guy that wrote those dragon tattoo books?”

“No. It’s by Karl Marx.”

I drew out a different book. “Or I could offer you The Future of Socialism by Tony Crossland.”

“Sounds a bit left-wing.”

“Well, that’s kind of the point. They’re giving these books away in response to the general election result.”

“Oh. But you definitely don’t have anything to eat?”

“No, sorry. But I do have The Road To Wigan Pier by George Orwell.”

“Oh, we watched an animated version of Animal Farm in English for our GCSE’s. Give me one of those.”

I delved in a pulled out a copy, handing it over to him.

“Cheers mate.” He took three steps towards continuing his commute, before turning round. “It does have talking animals in, doesn’t it?”

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About James Holden

Brought up in Yorkshire, James has washed up on the shores of London. He spends his days working as a political geek. His short stories have previously been read by the Liars League.
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2 Responses to James Holden: Freebies

  1. mat says:

    if you enjoyed this you might like bureau of small observation by Matt Sheret http://tinyletter.com/smallobservation

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