Body Hugger – D A Cairns
2800 words Science Fiction
Dave the ‘Gadget Lover’ gets much more than he bargained for when he buys the very latest irresistible piece of technology.
Whenever and wherever the sales pitch was heard, Dave the Gadget Lover took it personally. If they said it was all the rage and a real must have, then Dave had to have it. He was always a sucker for a new gadget, a new toy with which to amuse himself. With a high paying, low stress job in the public service and only himself to feed, Dave had more than enough disposable income to accumulate the latest and greatest scientific novelties and technological marvels. He had a wonderful time with his collection of innovative time-wasters.
My Yard My Rules – D. A. Cairns
3000 words Children 7 – 11 years
A classic tale of one of the great Australian traditions, the game of backyard cricket.
Jimmy really didn’t want to go. He really didn’t, but faced with a choice between going or staying home and helping his mum and little sister bake cookies, he took the least bad option. It wasn’t that he didn’t like cookies. He loved them. Could have easily eaten every packet which found its way into their home and every single warm and delicious smelling one that came out of the oven. Jimmy just did not want to make them. He would rather eat broccoli for breakfast every day for a week than bake anything.
Over My Dead Body – D A Cairns
2100 words General Fiction
Love crosses cultural boundaries and overcomes parental disapproval in this romantic story set in Thailand.
‘Would you like some pineapple, Michael?’ Am offered a plastic bag filled with chunky pieces of freshly cut pineapple to him with a smile which he failed to return. He was hungry but he didn’t like pineapple. That was how it started. Later she told him how rude she thought he was, and how serious and unfriendly, and he explained that he was unaware of the social convention which dictated a person take some of what they were offered even if they didn’t want it. Swimming in a humid sea of new faces and strange dialect, Michael arrived in Thailand excited and overwhelmed. Am was just another friendly stranger with a warm smile and an offering of food.
Quickshift – D A Cairns
4000 words Science Fiction
Billy buys the car of his dreams but it drives him into a nightmare.
‘Are you kidding?’ ‘What?’ ‘Look at that!’ My eyes followed Billy’s finger into a ramshackle jalopy shop packed to the gills with overpriced rustbuckets. ‘Buzz boxes,’ I said. ‘Dude. Look harder. Up the back.’ On the back row of the lot crammed up against what was apparently an office were three old cars. Some might have called them classics but I had already told my mate Billy exactly what I thought of the whole wretched lot. ‘The yellow one in the middle.’68 Monaro coupe. 1-2-3 on the Mountain. Same age as me, Cam. I gotta have her.’
The Bounce – D. A. Cairns
2000 words General / Women’s Fiction
‘Come on! Quick, it’s starting!’ On a typical Tuesday night in the Barnes family home in Cedar Falls, Kylie leaned forward in her chair, snatched the remote control off the coffee table and hit the volume button a few times. Sitting in a trance like state of anticipation were Kylie’s father, Bob and her mother Denise. Kylie called to her older brother Ronnie. ‘Ronnie! You’re going to miss The Bounce if you don’t get a wriggle on.’ From the kitchen, Ronnie replied flatly, ‘Yeah.’
The Last Cookie – D. A. Cairns
1200 words Children 6 – 11 years
Two brothers learn a valuable lesson during a breathtaking conspiracy.
‘Race you home, Matty!’ yelled James to his younger brother. The older boy’s long legs carried him quickly along the footpath, through the gate and up the steps to their front door. As James fumbled in his pocket for the keys, Matty bounded through the gate and joined him on the porch. ‘Beat you,’ declared James proudly. ‘You always win. It’s not fair. You should give me a head start or something.’ ‘I can’t give you longer legs. That’s what you need to beat me.’