This is a work of fiction, a short story of 1900 words.
When Nigel was quite young, his mum had received a letter by air mail. That was something of an event, but she didn’t tell him who it was from. She would only say it was from a friend. He retrieved the envelope from the waste bin though, and noticed that it had an American stamp on it. It was postmarked from a place he didn’t know, but he liked the sound of the name. Chattanooga, Tennessee. He repeated that name over and over in his head.
Nigel had never met his dad. Mum said he had been killed in the war, before Nigel was born. Now that mum had got that letter, The boy secretly hoped that he was really alive, and perhaps living in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Nigel asked mum if he could have the stamp. He had…
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