Dolphin Blues – Kay Seeley
1700 words General / Women’s Fiction
A hard-bitten Cornish fisherman is devastated by the loss of his son. Can seeing the world through the eyes of a child help him to come to terms with his loss?
The boat bumps gently against the outcrop of rocks that mark the margin of the bay. I brace my legs and push the lad to his knees in the bow in case he stumbles in the darkness. Not got his sea-legs yet. Not sure if he ever will. A line of boats bob on the tide, an amber glow of lights stretch across the bay entrance, all eyes watching, waiting. Above us the sky is clear and full of stars. I give thanks for the calmness of the inky sea. I track the dolphin’s path by the silver slither of moonlight skidding along his back as he circles in the water.
Oh Mein Papa! – Kay Seeley
3000 words Humour
Carrie has led a sheltered life when she receives a letter that leads to a secret being revealed – a secret that brings her world crashing down.
Carrie’s hand shook as she read the letter. It wasn’t the first she’d had on the subject, but this one was different, it looked official and final. Biting her lip she picked up the phone. Anger rose in her chest with every breath. She gave her name and explained what she wanted. The receptionist took an age to find someone to take her call. “I’m sorry,” she said. “Mr Wolfe Senior, who’s handled your business in the past, is no longer with us. I’ll put you through to young Mr Wolfe.”