Crying Wolf – Judy Upton

1700 word General Fiction

Trapped after a jeep accident, a property developer is about to have an encounter that will change his attitude towards wildlife.

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Once Daniel had recovered from the initial shock of the accident, he was angered rather than frightened by the realization that he was trapped. He cursed his own stupidity and clumsiness. Apart from the dull ache where the Jeep’s axle was resting upon his shoulders, there was no pain. He could not lift his head at all, restricting his view to the underside of the vehicle and a narrow strip of the forest floor beyond. His limbs remained free, yet he dared not attempt to drag himself from under the jeep for fear of bringing its full weight down upon his neck. Only the soft, springy layer of leaf litter and the unevenness of the ground had saved him from serious injury.

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Drink to Death – Judy Upton

1500 words Thriller

When a teetotal woman is told by a psychic that she will die of alcohol poisoning, she doesn’t take it seriously – at first.

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Alcohol poisoning! Emily took a big gulp from her glass. She had expected the fortuneteller to give her the usual spiel about meeting someone tall, dark and handsome, not to tell her how she was going to die. In spite of being healthily cynical, it had got Emily rattled. So rattled in fact that she had stood up and walked straight out of the booth. When a few moments later, she’ decided to go back and confront the fortuneteller, the woman was already with the next customer, and refused to say any more, unless she booked another over-priced session. Emily had walked away. She didn’t believe in this tosh anyway, and she now heartily regretted the impulsive act that had made her step into the booth on the end of the pier.

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My Loving Blood – Judy Upton

1900 words Science Fiction

After the feminist revolution, the most dangerous thing a girl can do is go looking for her father.

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If Mum knew that I was here she would kill me.  Eighteen years on from the day when Stork Incorp took the final instalment of my conception fee from her account. I am finally about to meet the male who fathered me. My first sight of the imposing grey concrete buildings on the outskirts of Dundee, that are Stork Incorp with their surround of high barbed wire fences is almost enough to turn me about in my tracks.  Almost, but not quite. I am determined to meet him, this male who out of Mum’s earshot and even then still under my breath I sometimes refer to as ‘Dad’.

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Simone the Cyborg – Judy Upton

3000 word Science Fiction

Simone desperately needs to get a job – is cybernetic enhancement the answer?

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The room looked the same as all the other interview rooms. The interviewers too were similar to all the others. They had the same suits, same way of sitting, same bored expressions and now the one on the right, and it was always the one of the right, was about to ask the usual question. “Ms Laker what have you got that makes you stand out against the other candidates we’re seeing today? What is your USP?”

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The Pearl Necklace – Judy Upton

1900 words Children 9+

Mum starts acting strangely after joining a local choir. Is there something fishy going on?

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Would You, Could You? – Judy Upton

2900 words Women’s Fiction

Felice is curious to find out how much a guy would pay to spend the night with her. But it’s just a bit of fun, she would never get tempted, would she… could she…

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“Would you pay a million pounds to sleep with Jake Gyllenhaal?” Felice asked as she unwrapped a new ink cartridge. Sarah saved her document before looking up. ‘Indecent Proposal’ was Felice’s favourite film, and Jake G, Sarah’s dream date. Sarah sighed. “Well with our new mortgage and last Christmas still to pay for…” “Okay, okay” Felice interrupted, “Since you or me are never likely to make a million let’s talk a thousand pounds for some serious pash with Jake? Would you?” A thousand pounds was still a lot of money to Sarah.

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