First Line Friday -November 10th, 2017

Dylan’s challenge this week:
https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/19271780/posts/1659278181

Your opening line for this week is:

“He’s terrified of small spaces, didn’t you know?”
‘But don’t you think that’s going to extremes?
The two psychiatrists were discussing their new patient.
He had been adamant that they would have to visit him at home as despite his wealth he felt unable to leave it.
They had gone together, expecting to find a recluse with agoraphobia, but neither had been prepared for what they encountered.

Sid Miller lived in the largest house in the county.
Everything inside was open plan, not a full wall in sight apart from the exterior ones, and even they were mostly paned with glass.
The house was surrounded by open fields and meadows on three sides and a lake on the fourth. The views were spectacular.
He owned it all, and had legally ensured that nothing would be built within his line of sight and that there was only one access road.

The two professionals had got to the bottom of his problem after three and a half hours of their time and twenty grand of Sid’s money.
It transpired that his mother had been a ‘Lady of the Night’ and to stop him interrupting when she was working, she had locked him in a cupboard.
It was quite a large cupboard, with a stool, electric light, food and plenty of reading material, most of which came in handy when it came to investing his mother’s money when she died.
But a cupboard it was, and now Sid couldn’t bear to be confined in less than two hundred acres.
Alleviating his anxiety was going to be a long, and expensive, job.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to First Line Friday -November 10th, 2017

  1. Michael says:

    Most interesting Di, I could understand his solution to his fears.

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