Green Fingers – Fi Clarkson
1600 words Children 6 – 10 years
There’s something rather special about Nan’s garden. Nan says it’s down to her having “green fingers.” But when Evie discovers the real secret behind Nan’s garden, she realises that she just might have green fingers, too.
Mum was down again. Down. It didn’t sound too bad when you called it that, as if she was visiting from up north, or something. Not sleeping all day, and forgetting to do the cooking and the washing and the ironing, so that Evie had to eat cereal for tea and go to school in the same clothes she’d worn for the last week. Which is what down really meant. It also meant that Evie got to go and stay with Nan for a bit, so it wasn’t all bad.
Luca – Fi Clarkson
2500 words Science Fiction / Children 8 – 12
Luca has never felt that he truly belongs in his family and suspects he is adopted. But when his parents are tragically killed, Luca finally discovers who he really is. And the truth is far more shocking than he could ever have imagined.
There were times when, distracted by the TV or a computer game, Luca forgot. For a moment, at least, until he startled himself by smiling. Then the memory hit him again, like a fist, and made him catch his breath. He felt sick with guilt that he could have forgotten, even for a moment, that his parents were gone and they were never coming back. Missing them was an ache that throbbed inside him until he couldn’t bear it. Almost instinctively, his fingers reached for the back of his head, pushing through his hair to find that spot, just behind his right ear, that was slightly softer than the rest of his skull.
Roadkill – Fi Clarkson
1400 words Children 8 – 12 Science Fiction
Dan and his family are having an eventful start to their holiday. Getting lost and a brush with a UFO are all part of the adventure. But then there’s an alien close encounter that turns out to be too close. Much, much too close.
The road sliced its way through the forest. Trees slipped past my window in dense rows, bluish-green. Surely, we must be nearly there. “Look!” said Mum, stabbing a finger on her window. “Forest Lodges. That’s us. Go right!” “The sat nav says straight on,” said Dad. “You know what the sat nav’s like in places like this,” argued Mum. “It’s probably wrong. Better follow the sign.” “Well, don’t blame me…” Dad clicked the indicator on. “Turn around when possible,” intoned the sat nav. Dad ignored it. “Stop! Stop!” squealed Caitlin. “A hedgehog! A hedgehog!” Dad hit the brakes and swerved onto the grass verge.