A Place in the Sun – Colette McCormick
1150 words Feel Good Fiction
When Sara finds a discarded photograph in a second hand book she thinks there is something familiar about it. As though she has seen it before. Does this place hold the key to her future?
“Do you like her books?” “Sorry?” Sara looked up from her purse to see the assistant reading the back of the book she had just handed her. “I love her books,” the assistant said. “I’ve never read one before,” Sara admitted as she handed over the pound coin. “I just want a book to take on holiday with me and I like the title.” “I’m sure you’ll love it.” “Hope so.” As Sara left the shop the assistant called. “Hope you have a lovely holiday.” “Oh don’t worry. I will,” she giggled, and she meant it.
Last Supper – Collette McCormick
1600 words Literary Fiction
It is more than a meal to Harry, it was more of an expression of who he was and what brought him to this final meal.
This would be the last meal that Harry would ever eat and he planned to enjoy it. He steadied the meat with the prongs of his fork and cut through the flesh with as much precision as the plastic utensil allowed. He looked, for a second, at the meat that the fork’s blunt ends had been forced into. His eyes were drawn to the jagged edges of the cut that the plastic knife had made and he felt like a butcher rather than the craftsman he was with a sharp knife in his hand.
Very Superstitious – Colette McCormick
950 words Women’s Fiction
She won’t walk under ladders and keeps a rabbit’s foot handy at all times but Jane will need more than luck to get her through this day.
“And just how exactly does it bring you luck?” Sally asked Jane who was kissing the rabbit’s foot that was clutched tightly in her hand. “It’s just lucky,” Jane said with absolute conviction. “Not sure the rabbit would agree with you.” Jane pulled a face at her friend and tucked her lucky charm safely into her pocket where she could easily find it and stroke it when her courage started to desert her.