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A Test of Friendship – Rosemary J. Kind

1800 words Humour

Annie’s body clock is ticking and she still wants to have children of her own. Advertising in the paper to find a lifelong partner is all very well, but these things take time and time is the one thing she doesn’t have. Maybe she could skip the lifelong part, but that still leaves her with advertising…

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“Do you have a better suggestion?” Annie poured another glass of chardonnay and sat back on the settee. Her lustrous brown bob framed her grinning face. She angled the fluffy white teddy to wave his paw at her friend. “You’re bonkers. You could adopt.” Karen shook her head in disbelief. “And telling me that Bear needs a pair of little arms to hold him is no justification. You could have left him in the store.” “It’s all right for you. You have men queuing up, with your blonde hair and blue eyes. I’ve tried internet dating and where did that get me? And you know I can’t walk past a Mothercare store without going in.” Annie threw the newspaper down on the table. The page was folded so that the advert was uppermost.

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Maybe Like Pan – Susan Cattan

3000 words Ghost Story

Fleur hates the countryside at first, but friendship and magic are waiting for her in the deep woods

 

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I never felt so lonely in my life as the day we moved into Mill House. Everything I’d known seemed such a long way off. My grandparents round the corner, my auntie on the same street, our little garden with its strawberry patch and sweet peas, all gone, and here I was, lost in the deep countryside. I loved our new house though, with its pots of lavender on each side of the pink painted front door. Not a shocking pink, but that dusty, faded Suffolk pink that I still love. At the back of the house a great lawn stretched down to a band of deep woodland with a pond. It was the Easter holidays when we moved in and there were marsh marigolds and pink and blue forget-me-nots round the water.

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Not a Drop to Drink – Patsy Collins

'Not a Drop to Drink' includes 7 of Patsy's stories

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nadtd2Scientists say the human body is around 70% water. We know that's not true.

Oh, we could drink 'straight' H20, but usually we don't. More likely it's vitamin rich juice or teeth rotting cola. We like a nice cup of tea to calm us down or cheer us up. Perhaps a nice glass of wine to celebrate or drown our sorrows. Two glasses. Too many glasses.

Our bodies do contain liquid of course. Never just water. What's in yours; acid and bile or the milk of human kindness? Blood, sweat and tears of joy or sorrow?

It's these waters Patsy hopes you'll find running through

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The Book of Dave 1 – Out With the Old – Peter Lingard

FREE 2200 word Serial

This first instalment in The Book of Dave is FREE - the serial will appear weekly from now until Christmas.

At the start of a new year, London barman Dave Wilson sorts through telephone numbers he has accumulated and recalls how and why he received them.

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It was the last shift of the year for barman, Dave Wilson, and it had been a great year. He grabbed one of the free plastic folders his boss gave to customers and took it, with his ‘end-of-shift’ pint, to the punters’ side of the bar, leaving Ellen in sole charge. He extracted a number of differently coloured papers from the current year’s folder. After carefully unfolding them, he ironed them with the edge of his hand. There were white, blue, green, pink and yellow papers of differing textures. The pile contained neat white squares, betting slips, two torn corners of newspapers, a bandage wrapper and a yellow stick ‘um. There was a page torn from an address book, another torn from a ruled note book, a scrap of wrapping paper, a piece of a paper napkin, and part of a cigarette pack. A piece of what must have been a menu (‘onsome’ was typed above ‘uck L’orange’), a pink tissue, an oblong of pale blue personalised note paper, a piece of toilet paper, and a five pound note with a telephone number written on it in lipstick.

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The Devil’s in the Detail – Nicola Prentis

2200 word Humour / Fairytale

A strange salesman calls on Victoria as she's rushing to work. Should she accept one of his special deals? Guaranteed happiness or more time -- both are tempting and Victoria has to question whether she's as happy as she thinks she is.

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The knock on the other side of the door came just as Victoria was unlatching it from the inside. Strange that she had heard neither the lift clank into action nor anyone on the stairs. She balanced on one foot while she shoved the other into her shoe, slipping on the drifts of unopened bills. Her bag slid off her shoulder and she dragged it back up just before it hit the floor. The daily dance of lateness with added intruder. Great.

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The I’s Have It – Annette Siketa

FREE 8300 word Crime / Mystery Story

This story is FREE, if you enjoy it then why not join Mrs Harris for further adventures in Double Take - a cosy crime novel by Annette Siketa

An ingenious trap is set to catch a serial killer

 

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Deep within the bowels of the Rockford police station, Detective Inspector John Simmonds, tossed the morning paper onto his desk. “I will never understand it,” he admitted to his latest subordinate, Detective Constable Mike Furrow. “The more gruesome and outlandish the murder, the more the public lap it up, and the media aren’t helping.” He pointed to the newspaper. “Look at those headlines. ‘Is society safe? What are the police doing?’ It’s difficult enough to catch a serial killer, without the public’s paranoia being fed.” He peered into his luke-warm cup of tea and shook his head. “The Rockford Ripper indeed. Are they living vicariously, or is it simply morbid fascination?” The recently promoted Detective Furrow, did not offer a response, nor did he seek elaboration as to who ‘they’ were. This was only his third day of duty at Rockford, and he had already learned that Inspector Simmonds, had a habit of posing rhetorical questions.

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The Tale of the Little Red Hen at Christmas – Lorraine Coverley

500 word Christmas Story

It was nearly Christmas, and the little Red Hen knew that there was a lot to do.

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“Who'll help me with the Christmas shopping?” asked the Little Red Hen. “Not I,” said the Husband, “I'm too busy paying for it.” “Not I,” said the Teenager, “I've got homework.” “Not I,” said the Youngest. “I'm playing Kill Zap Kapow on the computer.”

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