Something Borrowed – Gloria West
1900 words General Fiction
Marianne attends and thoroughly enjoys her close friend and workmate, Donna’s wedding. It is a lavish affair and she wonders how Donna has found the money to pay for it. While Donna is on her honeymoon, Marianne makes a shocking discovery when she goes back to work.
Marianne gasped as the stretch limo’s driver pulled up outside the elegant Georgian mansion. A former stately home, it had now been converted into a luxury hotel. “Donna’s really gone to town, hasn’t she?” Emma, one of the other bridesmaids remarked. “Doesn’t she look lovely in that gorgeous dress? It must have cost a fortune.” “Yes, a real fortune,” Marianne agreed, wondering where on earth the money had come from. Marianne was Donna’s chief bridesmaid. She gazed around the manicured lawns. They gleamed green and gold in the brilliant sunshine. And the lawns led down to a blue lake where small boats bobbed on the water.
The Special Guests – Gloria West
1700 words Feel Good Story
The residents of a retirement home are told they are going to have visitors. They are trying to guess about who their guests will be. Vanessa, a popular care assistant, has been involved with planning this. When the residents discover who their visitors are, there are surprises in store.
“You’ll have to take full responsibility if anything goes wrong,” Jill said. “Naturally.” “All right then. You can bring Charlie to the home next Saturday afternoon. Two o’clock, after we’ve cleared the lunch dishes. He must be out by four at the latest. I hope I won’t regret changing my mind.” “He’ll behave, I know he will,” Vanessa promised. “Let’s hope so, goodbye.” As she put the phone by her bedside down, Vanessa sat up in bed and hugged herself. When she had first heard Jill’s voice, she had wondered if her manager wanted her to go into work on her day off. She was an assistant in a residential home.