The Way Home
I peer out of the window. ‘How do they do it?’
‘How do who do what?’
‘Racing pigeons – how do they find their way home?’
The old lady next door opens the coop and the flock takes flight.
‘I read they have some sort of magnetic compass.’ Tom snaps his suitcase shut. ‘They don’t
always make it back though.’
‘I’ll miss you!’ I hug him tightly.
His body stiffens. ‘It’s only a week.’
‘Is Polly going?’
‘She’s my PA! She has to.’
Outside, a pigeon strays off course.
I take a magnet from the fridge door, slip it inside Tom’s pocket.
About the author: Sally Doherty lives in leafy Surrey with her two-legged husband, three-legged Labrador and four-legged Jack Russell Terror. She started dabbling in flash fiction a year ago with pieces published by Reflex Fiction, Spelk Fiction and Funny Pearls. She placed first and second in Retreat West’s June and July 2019 Micro Fiction competitions respectively and she has a piece in EllipsisZine’s ‘2119’ anthology. Primarily, Sally writes middle grade novels. Her debut TOBY AND THE SILVER BLOOD WITCHES will be published by March Hamilton. You can find her on Twitter @Sally_writes , Facebook www.facebook.com/sallydohertywrites and on her blog www.sallydohertywrites.com