A Star is Born – Brian Long
500 words General Fiction
A young performer grasps his big chance for success.
As Danny waited in the wings he experienced the all-too familiar surge of panic; his stomach felt as if he were travelling in a high speed lift, and his heart thumped so loudly that he feared the audience might hear it. He had powdered just before leaving the dressing room…
Arthur and the Angel – Brian Long
1000 words General Fiction
A gloomy young man has a heavenly experience – with an unexpected outcome.
It was undoubtedly Arthur’s fault; wrapped up in his own gloomy thoughts, and with his head averted against the driving rain, he completely failed to see the enormous lorry bearing down on him like a juggernaut as he stepped off the kerb. The blasting horn broke into his reverie, then he suddenly found himself being lifted gently but firmly to the safety of the pavement. Dashing the rain from his face, he found himself gazing into the most brilliant blue eyes he had ever seen; more than that.
Brief Counter – Brian Long
A chance meeting brightens an old man’s day.
Henry was having a bad day; after a restless night he had woken to more than his usual share of aches and pains – the blurring vision which took so long to clear, the backache, and his gift-box selection of assorted arthritis pains, in fingers, knees and feet. 78 may not be the end, he thought, but it was certainly the autumnal indication of increasing physical and perhaps mental decline. He moved despondently round the supermarket in a half-dream, picking items automatically while his principal thoughts were a mixture of nostalgia for the past and dread of things to come.
Short-Cut – Brian Long
630 word Crime Fiction
A hard man gets a nasty surprise.
Although it was a useful short-cut from the train station to the lower part of town, it was seldom used, and even Cal, who considered himself a hard man, always felt intimidated by the tunnel which went under the railway line. Its uneven stones seemed eternally wet, and gave the appearance, if not the reality, of being slippery and treacherous.