South of the River after Midnight
Whisky Straight Up
The cabbie looked at him in the mirror. “That’s what you lot don’t understand,” he started, “you go south of the river after midnight and it blows your hours the rest of the week. People never learn.”
He watched the cabbie shake his head.
“Job’s hard enough anyway. It’s the government, see? Don’t look after the working man anymore. This country, eh?”
Their eyes met again.
He wanted to disagree but couldn’t speak. The gag was far too tight. All he could do, trussed up on the floor, was blink. Blink and hope to hell this wasn’t his last ride.
About the author
Charlie Wade is forty years old and lives in on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire. He's written three books and many of his short stories can be found online. His latest novel, Seven Daze, was published by Caffeine Nights on 27th May 2013. You can find him online at