Brand New Short Stories
These are the latest new short stories published by Alfie Dog Fiction. We publish new stories every week, so please come back regularly.
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Christmas Lost and Found – S. Bee
1250 words Women's Fiction
Will Meg survive another Christmas on her own?
'Christmas day ramble. Meet at 1.30pm at the park gates for a 2 mile walk - weather permitting. For more information, please email me.' Meg was satisfied to see her ad in the local newspaper again. She wondered who would turn up. Her mind wandered back to the previous Christmas day… two new people from last year were a retired, gentle vicar called George, and Alec, an attractive, divorced chap around Meg's own age, fifty- something. Last December was Alec's first Christmas without his wife. Meg had sympathised. She knew how it felt to be alone.
Drink to Death – Judy Upton
1500 words Thriller
When a teetotal woman is told by a psychic that she will die of alcohol poisoning, she doesn’t take it seriously – at first.
Alcohol poisoning! Emily took a big gulp from her glass. She had expected the fortuneteller to give her the usual spiel about meeting someone tall, dark and handsome, not to tell her how she was going to die. In spite of being healthily cynical, it had got Emily rattled. So rattled in fact that she had stood up and walked straight out of the booth. When a few moments later, she’ decided to go back and confront the fortuneteller, the woman was already with the next customer, and refused to say any more, unless she booked another over-priced session. Emily had walked away. She didn’t believe in this tosh anyway, and she now heartily regretted the impulsive act that had made her step into the booth on the end of the pier.
Fantasy in White – Meryl Brown Tobin
2350 words Women's Fiction
Olga makes wedding dresses and now her boss has asked her to make the most beautiful one ever for his bride. Although he hasn’t actually asked her to be his bride, she knows that she is making the gown for herself. How will she react when she learns the truth?
Holding the newly-finished wedding gown against her, Olga stared at her reflection in the workroom mirror. This time she didn’t see the reflection of a 51 year-old unmarried woman far from the bright-eyed career girl flaunting her singleness as a badge of liberation. Instead she saw a young and beautiful bride. “You’re so white, so exquisite,” she murmured smoothing the front of it with her hand. “And you,” she added looking into her eyes, “what’s happened to the homely you. Even she would have to admit you look stunning.” With the gown pressed against her, she waltzed to the music spinning in her head in the empty workroom. “I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love,” she sang softly.
Just Desserts – Deven Greene
5300 words Crime Story
Five unlikeable women, friends since childhood, meet for lunch in a restaurant as they have done regularly for the past 30 years. After some time passes, they become ill.
“More iced tea, Mrs. Rogers?” “Of course. You can see my glass is almost empty.” The Group of Five Bitches, or just “The Five,” as the staff referred to them, had been lunching at the Beaufort Inn two Wednesdays a month for the past thirty years. Always in the private room with a view of the garden. The Beaufort Inn was hardly a top-notch restaurant, but was one of the few local establishments to use white table cloths and napkins. It was by far the best restaurant in Park Creek, a town of 120,000 located 300 miles south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Missing Without Trace – Jan Baynham
2400 words Crime Story
Homeward bound, Lizzie and Mark’s car is nearly driven off the road by an erratic driver. Lizzie is adamant she’s travelled in the Classic blue and white Ford car before when it was brand new. But how can that be? That time was thirty years before she was even born.
My Loving Blood – Judy Upton
1900 words Science Fiction
After the feminist revolution, the most dangerous thing a girl can do is go looking for her father.
If Mum knew that I was here she would kill me. Eighteen years on from the day when Stork Incorp took the final instalment of my conception fee from her account. I am finally about to meet the male who fathered me. My first sight of the imposing grey concrete buildings on the outskirts of Dundee, that are Stork Incorp with their surround of high barbed wire fences is almost enough to turn me about in my tracks. Almost, but not quite. I am determined to meet him, this male who out of Mum's earshot and even then still under my breath I sometimes refer to as 'Dad'.
Oh No! Fussy Aunt Alice is Coming to Stay – Ron Puckering
650 words Children 5 - 7 years
The news that fussy Aunt Alice was coming to stay the weekend sent the residents of Woodbine Cottage into a fluster. Aunt Alice was well known for liking everything just so and Grandma Jones knew there would be a lot of tidying up to do, Everything went well until the lawnmower broke down, right in the middle of mowing the lawn. Everything looked lost, that is until Bertie Beagle and his friends came to the rescue.
“We are having a visitor this weekend.” Grandma Jones told Bertie Beagle. “My sister Alice is coming to stay with us for the Bank Holiday.” Bertie had met Aunt Alice before and he knew she was a very fussy person. She refused to let him sit on the sofa or the armchairs, and kept putting his favourite toys away in the cupboard.
Return to Athens – Dulcie Stone
1900 words General Fiction
When Peter’s wife and child die, he does as his dead father used to suggest. He returns to Athens. With the intention of eventually committing suicide, he visits an ancient cemetery and a library which keeps ancient parchments. Both strongly influence his decision.
‘You who know sorrow, beware its darker legacy - despair. For despair, unlike sorrow, locks its door to hope.’ Artemis Dionesius. My eyes feast on the words. No need to pen them, no need to memorise. Long-etched into my brain, they are my essence; my mind, my heart, my soul, my spirit. This fragment of fragile parchment, one of the randomly selected few suggested by the custodian on my initial visit, is now familiar as my next breath. Randomly selected? An accident of time and place and opportunity? Or Fate?
Shooting Stars – Dulcie Stone
1500 words General Fiction
Nurse Jesse is disillusioned with her life. She treats rich patients whose life-style is often the cause of their problems. After seeing a shooting star on one more sleepless night, she resolves to apply for a position overseas where she can treat people who desperately need help.
I saw a shooting star. And then I saw another His arm is heavy across my breast, his snoring loud in my ear. Is this it? Is this my life? The moon, dying, leers through the window. He snorts, shudders, and resettles. I struggle, stealthily, to free myself. Don’t wake him. Do not wake him. He won’t talk about a child, nor do I. Only an idiot would bring a child into this mess. Do not wake him!
Simone the Cyborg – Judy Upton
3000 word Science Fiction
Simone desperately needs to get a job – is cybernetic enhancement the answer?
The room looked the same as all the other interview rooms. The interviewers too were similar to all the others. They had the same suits, same way of sitting, same bored expressions and now the one on the right, and it was always the one of the right, was about to ask the usual question. “Ms Laker what have you got that makes you stand out against the other candidates we’re seeing today? What is your USP?”
Snoring Princess – Mark Scott
1100 words Children's Story
A flock of geese cure a lovely princess of her horrid snore.
ONCE UPON A TIME many years ago a princess named Meg lived in a glittering crystal palace. Princess Meg was far from happy. You see, she snored. A lot. Her constant snoring got so bad it made the kingdom very mad. It always sounded in the night like geese all honking while in flight. What was the princess then to do? Meg’s snoring got her in a stew. The honking snore of that fair lass was loud enough to shatter glass.
The Art of Training Pets – Margaret Pearce
2400 words Science Fiction
The definition of exactly whom is to be defined as an intergalactic pet ends up being too hard to cope with by the investigator.
That very important personage Sir Gowan, Earth Minister for the Interior, fidgeted and shuffled. The Intergalactic Ambassador let the silence prolong. Sir Gowan was on the carpet, literally the silken plush of Intergalactic Federation Headquarters but figuratively in the hot spot. The entire matter was most unfortunate. Earth people did have this passion for pets, and the further the spacemen moved out from their home planet, the more bizarre their pets became. No matter how strictly the regulations were framed about removing life forms from alien planets, every conceivable life form was transported around the galaxy, and often ended up back on Earth with returning spacemen.
The Pelican on the Couch – Dorothy B. Williams
2000 words Literary Fiction
A nature photographer encounters a penniless woman who entertains the pelicans as she struggles to maintain herself in a shack on the river, until floods change their future.
I’d been up river by daybreak, and was drifting back on the outgoing tide with a couple of rolls of exposed film in the camera bag when I saw her having breakfast, out among the oyster leases. “Bloody idiot!” she bellowed. Rising with difficulty from the padded velvet lounge on the decking, she shook her fist at a launch that puttered at rather more than regulation speed past her doddery shack, rocking it slightly on its piles. A swarm of seagulls rose screaming. A dozen ungainly pelicans flopped into the water, performed a stately circle, and flapped back to waddle round her feet.
The Treasure Hunt – Sue Cunningham
2000 words Feel Good
As they prepare for their wedding, Katie and Greg embark on a very special treasure hunt.
Katie sat on the old swing seat, long legs trailing as she rocked backwards and forwards. “Is there room for two?” She hadn’t heard Greg approach and she smiled as she lifted her face for his kiss. “Of course there is,” Katie said, sliding along so that he could sit beside her. Greg lifted a strand of dark hair from her cheek and tucked it behind her ear. “Your mum thought you might be out here,” he said. Katie nodded. “This was Grandpa Pete’s favourite place. He loved being outdoors but his own garden was tiny. When I was a little girl, we always sat here together while he told me the most fantastic stories about pirates and mermaids and fairies at the bottom of the garden. I thought he would last forever; I can’t quite believe he won’t be here for the wedding.”
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Hilary Forrest
2000 words Feel Good Story
Izzie, for all her life treasured by her father, has had an equally difficult relationship with her mother. In their family garden, her father’s favourite tree, the Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow tree, seems to have the power to reflect their changing - blossoming or fading - relationships.
I’m resting in the garden in Pop’s wicker chair, my pallid skin warmed by the afternoon African sun. I’m surrounded by bursts of colour from anthuriums, agapanthus and proteas, though the grass is parched and feeble. It’s only been 3 months since my operation. I feel good, but things could still go wrong. So the medics, and Mom, are keeping a watchful eye on me to make sure there are no setbacks. She’s already called from the kitchen window to make sure I have sunscreen on.