Midge You Were Here by David Little

Midge You Were Here self-published

three-stars
This short story is one of several centred around the weird and wonderful town of Dóchas, a small fictional town near the city of Edinburgh. In quick order the author does a great job introducing us to the peculiarities of this little town, whilst also setting up the two principal characters: fresh faced and overly enthusiastic police recruit, constable Lawson, and our antagonist, Jimmy Midge.

 

Jimmy Midge is a confused individual who, by misfortune, has become a genetic hybrid between man and midge (think mini mosquito, pronounced ‘mid-gy’, and yes they are real). His transformation has left him empathetic to his fellow midges and his social conscience demands equal rights for his miniscule brethren, his fight for which results in an unfortunate run in with the police.

 

“We huv every right tae swarm and feast oan man and beast”

“When you’re all about two millimetres long, of course you can,” Pontius said. “Not when you’re about six feet tall and you’re swinging a cricket-bat embedded with nails.”

 

The author has a distinct humour that shines resplendently throughout and makes for an enjoyable read. However, the story itself is overly simplified and I would love to see some further development to round it out. For instance the dialogue is a little inconsistent with Jimmy Midge swinging in and out of a heavy colloquial accent seemingly at random.
 

I look forward to seeing where the next story in the Hope Town series will venture.

 

Midge You Were Here Book Cover Midge You Were Here
A Tale From Hope Town
David Little
Fiction
Self-published
February 2016
30

 

Detective Constable Lawson begins his first day as an officer in Dóchas Scotland, a place the locals romantically refer to as Hope Town. He's done his research and knows about the weird and wonderful things that go on there, and that makes him determined to join the small, overstretched police force.

Join DC Lawson on his first day as he meets legendary Detective Inspector Pontius Smith and is involved in his first bizarre and, in this case, itchy case.

This is an introduction to the Hope Town series of short stories which already includes The Devil's Pâtissier , Ever Vigilant(e), First Contact: Take Two and Bingo Royale.

Think X-Files meets Twin Peaks but with more tiny biting insects.

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