Crocodile Tears – Glyn Scott
1000 words Humour
Robert had a carved crocodile which he took to school and scared Alison so much she ran off home crying. The head teacher confiscated the crocodile. Years later Robert returned to the very same school, as a young teacher himself, and amazingly found the crocodile hidden in a cupboard. Its reappearance coincided with a number of strange happenings that disrupted Robert’s contented life. Was the crocodile paying him back for years of desertion?
Crudely carved out of a piece of wood the crocodile was covered in dust. His uncle had brought it back from South Africa as a present. Now it was missing two teeth and three of the small ridges on its back, but it was still a formidable beast, though less than two feet in length. He took it to school the next day. He stood at the front of the class at the day’s show and tell and told everyone about his uncle’s adventures around the world.
The Face in the Mirror – Glyn Scott
2500 words Teen Fiction
Despite the tallness of his frame, Jason’s self-esteem is lower than a kerb stone. It doesn’t help that he has a pretty, confident little sister. He has reached sixteen without contact with girls but a chance encounter with a pretty new neighbour sends his whole existence into a spin.
Jason approached the mirror every morning from as many angles as possible. First he would walk past it taking a quick glance. Then he would reverse and try to look out of the side of his eyes at himself. Maybe he’d look better from a different angle. Then he would attack it from below, easing himself up like a flower breaking through the ground; more a weed in Jason’s mind.
This Cab is Taken – Glyn Scott
1600 words Literary Fiction
Jake is a New York cab driver whose life is drifting on contentedly until a young man enters the bar where he is drinking, tells him he is Jesus, and needs to hire his cab for an apocalyptic purpose.
My damn shoes were sticking to the damn floor. “God damn Charlie don’t you ever clean this floor. It’s like walking through treacle. The height my feet had to rise to pull away, I felt like an Olympic hurdler. The upholstered bench coughed up dust as I sat down. I wondered if my choking fit that followed, and Charlie’s subsequent arrival with a throat saving large beer, was his ploy to make me drink more. I waved my hand at the cloud dancing in the dimmed lights and noticed the arrival of a tall guy.
This Carpet Could Do With A Clean – Glyn Scott
1000 words Humour / Women’s Fiction
CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT
Grace’s suburban lifestyle is turned upside when she catches husband George in an unspeakable act. It takes her on a journey that will change her rather staid life forever, and bring a new dimension to her marital life.
I should have seen it coming. George had taken to disappearing into the study to do the family accounts. The children were in university, and we were on a tight budget. We didn’t seem to talk much, but then most couples our age get a little comfortable. I decided to make him a cup of tea, his favourite Earl Grey with a Marie biscuit, I opened the door.