Story: Stop Telling Me You're Dead
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2753
Author's Summary: A pretty oblique Who story, about what happened to a certain history teacher thirty years after she stumbled, with a colleague, into a junkyard at 76 Totters' Lane.
Recced because: Mysterious and subtle, oblique is an excellent way to describe it. Although definitely sad, it's an intriguing look at how life for Barbara would be after Ian died. It's not ground breaking or so shocking that it stays in the memory for a long time, but it's certainly sobering.
The first time he called she didn’t even think of it as unusual. It was close enough in time not to seem unusual at all. His voice tumbled down the line at her - calm, no-nonsense, carefully presenting her with words. She had always loved his voice.
The first time she called he certainly didn’t think of it as unusual. Just another policyholder with a gripe. “Jim Ashby-Jones, Confident Way life insurance, can I help you?”
Privately hoping he couldn’t.
“Good morning. My name is Barbara Chesterton. Until recently, I had a life policy with you. On my husband’s life. You recently paid me out a sum of money. I still have the cheque. I now feel obliged to return it.”