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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