A Real Upanddowner – Joel Kaye
2800 words Fairytale
A severe man’s dilemma is resolved by the urgings of a mysterious voice, while an innkeeper has a lucky escape courtesy of the same. Meanwhile, a chauffeur comes to know his master better and a seaman tells tales for money. But what of the woman who hides indoors?
Very soon the motorcar would appear in the village street. Now it was gliding through the trees which led down from the Grange. In the front compartment, gloved and uniformed, sat the Chauffeur, Burwill. The passenger, Mr Jonswain, was certainly not looking out from the deep and shady rear of the long-bonneted vehicle. If the Embarrassment was in his thoughts he showed no sign. Unlike everyone else, he had not been there to see it. Mr Jonswain never took up invitations to village affairs. Out of deference to his mother’s sense of their elevated status, he honoured the family’s position at village occasions only in absentia.
Au Cabaret – Joel Kaye
900 words Humour / Fairytale
The story takes the notion that some people’s behaviour is a spectacle to others to an absurd extreme. M. Ouragan, Artiste of Outrage, delivers his crafted performance in the Restaurant au Chateau d’Oblong, but the attention of his appreciative audience is distracted by the unforeseen actions of a usurper.
M. Ouragan has taken exception to the Hungarian Salad. He sends it sailing across the restaurant through the conveniently open kitchen door to pass the nose of the sous chef. “It is a marinade of the gutter!” Ouragan erupts. The offending dish crashes and slithers down the kitchen wall even as Trepan, the old waiter, still stands with the kitchen door half-open.
Strange Eyes – Joel Kaye
4100 words Fairytale / General Fiction
A match has been made for Rose, the beautiful daughter of the Bellevilles, with dour village schoolmaster, Arthur Todd. Nothing can stand in the way of a dull marriage until the cobbler, a strange and taciturn newcomer, interrupts the wedding, and a confession comes from the least expected source.
This story is included in the collection Thrice Upon a Time
“So they sent the child away because he had strange eyes, and he was never heard of again.” ~~~ The stranger in the village, when asked where he came from answered in his silent way with a gesture to the hills on the horizon, and they let him be, because he had indeed been seen coming from that direction with his cobbler’s tools, and as a cobbler he was welcome. So they let him stay in the falling down cottage that the bargee had long ago abandoned. Mostly, he worked at patching up and re-soling the village boots and shoes. They had little call for new shoes. They were not wealthy people, nor were there the kinds of celebration for which new shoes were always ordered.
Thrice Upon a Time – Fairytale Collection
4 5* Reviews on Amazon
47,000 words Fairytale
Thrice Upon a Time is a collection of 18 modern fairy tales for adults. Some retell stories written long ago from a different perspective, while others are completely new. Read what happens when a late night walk leads to a game of poker with the farm animals and learn the Queen’s side of the story in what it is really like to live with Snow White. Who is the cobbler who turns up in the village? And exactly how many frogs does one princess have to kiss?
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