Gavin the Afternoon Angler – Christine Genovese
6000 word Fairytale
This is a modern fairy tale based loosely on Grimm’s story, ‘The Fisherman and his Wife.’
When Gavin discovers some fraudulent goings-on at the museum where he works, his wife decides to use the information to get out of their dismal lodgings and improve their life-style.
This story is included in the collection Thrice Upon a Time
When Gavin woke up at the usual time of 1pm he was pleasantly surprised to see an oblique band of golden sunshine creeping in over the bedroom windowsill. It beckoned him out into the so-called garden – a minuscule pit of a plot next to the steps that led down from street level to the door of their basement flat. It was paved with uneven flagstones, and a few straggly weeds struggled up between them. In the far corner, however, there was a leggy buddleia, and as this was late June the sun was high enough to touch it for a few hours around midday.
Le Bar Des Dunes – Christine Genovese
The little beach bar overlooking the Bay of Mont St Michel has weathered many storms since Gérard bought it. Will it still be there after this one? Will Gérard? A surprise client turns up despite the raging gale.
Gérard nearly didn’t pick up the till box as he left for work, because what was the point? No one would brave the weather on a day like this. He didn’t feel the full force of the wind until he left the village and drove north on the exposed, narrow coastal road. Some of the gusts had a nasty bit of clout to them and he gripped the steering wheel hard. The rain sheeted in from the sea, blurring the road. There was an amber warning out and people had been told to stay in. They’d shown pictures on the news of hailstones the size of pigeons’ eggs only 20 kms away, damaging conservatories, cars and livestock.
Reversing the Flow – Christine Genovese
2000 words General Fiction
Her mother always told her she’d inherited the bad qualities of the father she never knew. She believes she’s an untrustworthy person, and nothing can change that. She’s about to betray a friend when she nearly runs over a dog. The experience has unexpected consequences.
It’s a relief to hit the motorway. Now I can just put my foot down. Tomorrow I’ll reach my destination and get some answers … after a lifetime of not knowing. “Oh yes, Mum,” I say, a touch of triumph in my voice. “You may be lying all smug in your grave thinking your secret securely stowed away. But you couldn’t control everything, could you? Some hints trickled out, and I’m following the clues. I haven’t given up hope, you see, except of course of hearing it from your own mouth.”
The Fisherman – Christine Genovese
The fishermen who live and work in the Bay of Mont St. Michel are steeped in their very own ancient traditions and folklore full of beauty and magic. The old man’s last outing to his lobster pots reveals the depth of the relationship between him and The Bay.
He felt the familiar pull of the outgoing tide. For as long as he remembered his daily rhythm had been in perfect synchrony with the movement of the tides. His life was in tune with the formal dance of the elements. His steps were in time with the gravitational force of the moon, the rotation of the earth, the atmospheric pressure and all the minor details of the day’s weather that sucked the tide out and flushed it back in twice a day.
The Herring Gull – Christine Genovese
1650 words General Fiction
A herring gull covered in oil is only one of the many difficulties that Valerie has to cope with at the animal rescue centre. Her main concern, however, is for her teenage sister who suffers from post-traumatic shock following the death of their parents.
The day hadn’t started well and my mood dropped another couple of notches when Kenny appeared in the doorway of the barn cradling a filthy, newspaper-wrapped object with trouble written all over it. I was on the phone, feeling mutinous but saying nothing, while Roger, the editor of the South Dorset Herald, fired off his endless tirade. I’d got his drift ages ago. My weekly animal welfare column was to have its wings clipped. In future I was to stick to stories about kittens rescued from treetops and emaciated dogs finding happy homes. Of course he knew how strongly I felt about certain issues, but he couldn’t afford to lose the advertising and – as he pointed out to me – I had my planning permission application to consider.
The Potato Plot – Christine Genovese
3000 words Romance
The death of a husband can have a destabilising effect not only on the widow but also on her family and friends. Trying to adjust to the circumstances can be as fraught with unexpected problems as the task of growing a crop of potatoes.
14th March: When I’d finished, I was sweating. My face was smudged with dirt, dusty soil clung to my bare arms, and all my muscles ached. I stopped the rotavator and surveyed the result. Dark, rich, soft and fluffy. I tried not to think about it, but it’s barely a year since my husband’s coffin was covered with fresh earth. I manoeuvred the machine out onto the path. The thick blanket of soil was ready and receptive, crying out for a crop. Last year’s afflictions – bindweed, nettles, thistles, dandelions and all – had been banished from my potato plot.
The Transformation of Emmy-Dee’s Backyard – Christine Genovese
1600 words Women’s Fiction
Emmy-Dee copes quite well with her widowhood. Her grown-up daughter keeps an eye on her, although she’s often busy.
When Emmy-Dee finds a plumber who deals efficiently with her leaking tap and then starts on her backyard, she’s delighted. Her daughter becomes suspicious and tries to interfere…
“I was just wondering…” “Yes?” Bea’s tone wasn’t encouraging, but Emmy-Dee continued. “Had you forgotten it was your turn to phone me this weekend?” “Look, Mum. I was busy sorting out my paperwork. I’d probably have called you in a moment, if you’d given me a chance. Is anything wrong?” “No. No, of course not.” Emmy-Dee attempted a little giggle. “I hadn’t heard from you for a while, you know. Last time you mentioned you might be coming down to see me.”
Thrice Upon a Time – Fairytale Collection
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47,000 words Fairytale
Thrice Upon a Time is a collection of 18 modern fairy tales for adults. Some retell stories written long ago from a different perspective, while others are completely new. Read what happens when a late night walk leads to a game of poker with the farm animals and learn the Queen’s side of the story in what it is really like to live with Snow White. Who is the cobbler who turns up in the village? And exactly how many frogs does one princess have to kiss?
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