All Tied Up – Alan C. Williams
975 words General Fiction
Have you ever had one of those embarrassing moments at work? Jason Deering did … and it involved a pair of handcuffs. He thought that it was bad enough when his colleagues thought that they’d discovered his secret but when the truth came out it would change his life forever.
He thought that no one would notice. In retrospect he was naive to have even considered that, especially with an office filled with curious people. Nevertheless, he walked into the open plan room at nine o’clock sharp on Monday morning. As usual, he was dressed impeccably. Today he wore a light grey three piece suit, his wavy, auburn hair carefully styled and he was scented with a splash of his favourite musk cologne. In addition he had a pair of handcuffs attached to his left wrist.
Alone Again, Or – Alan C. Williams
1130 word Romance
On the anniversary of his marriage , Warren Vickers is visited by his daughter, Karen. As they listen to music from his youth, Warren tells her about an embarrassing incident from his teenage tears but is he telling her the entire tale?
Karen was here today. You should have seen her; more beautiful than ever. I guess she came to keep an eye on me and see how the old man’s going. She’s always been good like that. We discussed the usual things over a bottle of Pinot Noir; shopping, my health, how Steve’s getting on at work, the girls. It was little Jannie’s birthday last week. I think I told you about the party … her in that bunny rabbit costume. She looked so cute. Hard to believe she’s three already.
An Unexpected Visit – Alan C. Williams
1400 words Humour / Science Fiction
The police have some questions for Patti’s husband and she’s concerned that they won’t like the answers. After all, there have been some recent changes in their marriage, changes for the better, and Patti is afraid what will happen if they discover the truth about her ‘new’ Damien.
As Patti Gilmore opened their front door, she was surprised to see an overweight police detective flanked by two heavily armed officers. D.I. Sam Costello showed his badge and politely asked if they could come in. “It’s about your husband, Mrs Gilmore,” he explained gently. “Damien?” she asked, suddenly becoming worried. Her husband was in the backyard, gardening. “May we sit down, please? There are some concerns that we have about Mr Gilmore that we need to discuss with you, if that’s all right?”
By My Side – Romance Collection
Two 5* reviews on Amazon
By My Side brings you 20 of the best romantic stories from writers around the world.
Be transported to the past in the war-torn Three Months of Summer and back to the present in the gentle modern everyday situation of The Pool Doctor. Feel your heart racing through the ethical dilemmas in Would you Shoot Me? and the danger and drama of Run From the Sun.
These stories will transport you to a world of love and romance and leave you breathless. In far-away locations or in everyday situations there really is someone for everyone.
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Copycat – Alan C. Williams
1000 words Women’s Fiction
Being one of identical twins can be a problem, especially when your teenage sister seems to copy every single thing you do, Now grown up, Tuesday Shaw is doing her best to restore their friendship. Unfortunately her sister still has surprises ready … surprises that don’t please Tuesday one bit.
“Not again! Muuum …! Rhonda’s done it again. Tell her to stop copying me all the time ! Tell her to come up with her own ideas! Mum, tell her!” Tuesday Shaw silently winced at the memory. For twelve years all she could recall was her constant whinging to her parents about the conduct of her twin sister, Rhonda. It seemed as though it had been every week, occasionally every day. Finally she’d become so irritated, she had left home to arrange her own life away from her disgustingly identical twin.
Star Bright – Alan C Williams
1800 words Romance
Dave and Corrie have one ‘last chance’ to save their marriage; a holiday at the same place as their honeymoon. Sadly it doesn’t work and they’ll go their separate ways the next day. However fate steps in when they meet a very unique someone with her own unique agenda.
This story is included in the collection By My Side
As I sat staring blankly at the speckled night sky, I answered her. “Yes, I agree. Our marriage is finished.” “And we should get a divorce?” Corrine persisted quietly. “And … and … yes.” My voice was flat and soft. The yelling and accusations had finished along with our lives together. There was nothing more to be said. The sounds of the ocean continued throughout our conversation. Now they filled the silence. We’d returned to the same beach where we’d come for our honeymoon all those years ago, in an attempt to save our failing marriage. Sadly our last-chance holiday had lasted less than a day.
The Topsy Turvy Watch – Alan C. Williams
1200 words Children 8+ year / Women’s Fiction
Jeremy is dreading today. There’s an exam and he doesn’t have any idea what to write. Then he remembers his special ‘topsy-turvy’ watch. Will it help him or will he end up in trouble with Mr Snodgrass, the Deputy Principal? Time’s running out, Jeremy, so hurry up. Say the magic word!
It’s going to be a horrible day. Tests get me so worked up. There’s an important one today, according to Mr Snodgrass. I wish it could be tomorrow or better still, yesterday. The entire class is sitting at desks in the hall. We’re all waiting to begin. I peer down to my watch, the one that gran gave me. All the numbers were the wrong way around – six is at the top and twelve at the bottom and so on. It’s so cool. Gran told me it’s a magic watch. Trevor Bailey throws a paper ball at me but Mrs Che sees him. “Detention, Trevor! Lunchtime today!”
Twice in a Blue Moon – Alan C. Williams
1200 words Women’s Fiction
Life after an instant of perfection can be pretty depressing; it certainly was for Linda. She had a wonderful family yet it wasn’t enough. Could ‘perfection’ happen again? Maybe, by reliving that first time, she’d find her answer … or maybe it was a hopeless quest. Only time would tell.
Lynda Daniels had already experienced her moment of perfection. She had been young at the time, barely fifteen years old, and every day since had been a disappointment. Every single day. She firmly believed that each person on our world had such a moment in their lifetime when the stars align and one becomes linked to the universe on some fantastical meta-physical level. Be that as it may, it is only for an instant and it only happens on one occasion.