Sam Payne

Sam Payne lives in Plymouth. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Spelk, Every day Fiction, Unbroken Journal, Literary Mama and Ink, Sweat and Tears. Find her on Twitter at @skpaynewriting.

WHEN I WAS A PAPER GIRL by Sam Payne

Nana was always keen on telling me how working hard was important, so when I was thirteen, I took it upon myself to sign up with Turners Newsagents. It wasn’t long before a round came up. This pleased Nana. She was enthusiastic about bringing me up in the right way. “Manners and hard work, that’s all you need, my girl. Don’t let the past become an excuse.” By which she meant the death of my parents when I was nine, but we didn’t talk about them directly.  I delivered the morning papers to all the posh houses on the other…

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