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After-Action Report

by on March 7, 2018

“Ah, Jacob. How was it?”

“Splendid. Changed his ways. Completely new man.”

“You don’t sound too pleased.”

“I’d rather hoped for company.”

“There’s that banker with the nose excrescence. You could try him.”

“Oh. Dead tomorrow, isn’t he?”

“As a doornail.”

“Fine. I’ll have a go.”

“Good man, Marley!”

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14 Comments
  1. He may want to start running. But, can you really outrun your death?

  2. I love the spin-off on Dickens’ tale. Fun choice to tell the story entirely through dialogue. I thought it worked really well!

  3. So fun! I had to go back and read again to see all the breadcrumbs you left is to get to your punchline.

  4. This was fun!

  5. I can see how the events of that night would be a real high point for Marley, and what does he have left to live for — er, look forward to — after that? Just keep busy, I suppose.

    Funny take!

    • That was the plot bunny that got me going; what does Marley do after he visits Scrooge? We’re led to believe from the story that he didn’t have an abundance of other friends (Scrooge being his sole mourner, sole executor, sole residuary legatee, and so on). Who else is he going to haunt and/or redeem?

      It’s a problem.

      • He’ll have to make friends among his new horde of ghosts, I suppose. Not a sunny prospect. But then, he was a fairly evil man, I hear.

  6. Poor Marley. Does he really want Scrooge around for eternity?

  7. Very smart. Made me laugh.

  8. I enjoyed this one…clever way to do it with just dialogue.

  9. Love the allusions and you the humour in this piece!

  10. rachml permalink

    This was a fun story! That last line really brings it all together.

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