Never Judge a Book by its Cover – Alyson Faye
1500 words Feel Good Story
Myra, recently separated and learning to live for herself, has an encounter on the train from Leeds which changes her perceptions and heralds a new beginning.
The two Goths, had been following Myra all day. They were now sitting in the same train carriage with her, just a few seats away. Myra was appalled by their black painted lips, nails and eyes and alarmed by their array of silver knuckle skull rings. Their ebony heads pressed close together reminded her of cuddling crows. They clearly had no concept of boundaries thought Myra, who prided herself on living her own life within a rigid code of rules. Myra tugged at her neat blue Laura Ashley jacket, pulling it tighter over her white blouse and crossing her right tan coloured shoe over her left. She noticed how the light caught the shiny gilt buckles on her loafers, making them gleam. They’d come up well with a bit of a polish. Worth the extra elbow grease she’d put into them this morning, she thought with satisfaction.
The Nearly Boy – Alyson Faye
900 words Teen Fiction
A young teen lad, who is being bullied at school, with a difficult home life, finds his confidence and a new job using his parkour skills.
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Sam ran down the pavement, vaulted a bollard, lassoed a lamp post with his right arm and swung himself over the fence next to the school playground, landing crouched but balanced, on the tarmac. He was late as usual. It was impossible trying to get Millie up, give her breakfast, get her dressed, drop her at school and still be on time himself. Meanwhile their Mum lay in bed, too sad to get up since his Dad had left.
The Resurrection of the Reverend Greswold – Alyson Faye
4750 words Ghost story
The discovery of a C17th grave and its contents by workmen in a church sparks the resurrection of a malevolent spirit and a deadly confrontation with the current Vicar. Secrets from the past are revealed in the final face off.
Tom Hooper pulled the local newspaper out of his jacket pocket. Behind him lurked the shadowy walls of St Edburgha’s church. He still had to lock up for the night, but first he wanted to read the piece all his work crew had been talking about. “Dug UP! 800 year old church’s secrets.” Ran the headline. “Builders have unearthed the long lost burial site of the infamous Reverend Jacob Greswold, who died in 1660! Work has been halted while the grave is inspected. Foreman Tom Hooper said, ‘Yeah it’s very exciting for us all when something like this turns up. (Hooper smirked). We all want the Reverend’s remains to be reburied with the proper respect and of course the appropriate authorities have to be notified.’