Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A Birthday Present

Sharon Phillips


a pony ('the little drink with a big kick')


 On Lil's fiftieth birthday she was woken by toothache.

‘I’ll take it out now,' the dentist said. Back then you got knocked out with chloroform for an extraction. Lil was already faint from the gas when the dentist spoke again.

‘May as well do the others too.'

'Alright,' said Lil. She didn’t like to ask him what he meant.

When Lil came round, the dentist gave her a mirror so she could see his work. She looked at the reflection of her toothless mouth and closed her eyes.

“I’ll fit you a nice new set,’ the dentist said, 'happy birthday.'

About the author

Sharon retired in 2015 from a career in education and decided to try her hand at writing stories and poems, something she hadn’t done since she was a teenager. She lives in Dorset with her husband, two dogs and two cats.

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