Down broken back-roads and over hostile territory the journalist journeyed, till finally he arrived at a one-horse town and a nameless bar. There he encountered a sunken-eyed, bearded vagabond.
‘I knew someone would find me eventually,’ the vagabond growled.
‘I’ve come a long way to hear your story.’
‘Mine is a tale of hardship and woe. Have you any idea what it’s like to endure the indignity of being constantly pointed out in a crowd, no anonymity, the butt of every joke and sarcastic aside – forcing you at last into exile?’
‘Why didn’t you just take off the stripy top and stop wearing that bobble hat?’
Written for: Friday Fictioneers