A Turn for the Better – Linda Caspar
1150 words Feel Good
To be told you have been made redundant is devastating and that’s how we find Ben, who realises that he will have to face up to unwelcome changes in his life.
‘Not at work today?’ came the call from the front garden next door. ‘Taken some time off,’ I replied with a forced smile on my face as I scurried past. ‘I’m glad I’ve caught you,’ continued the woman in the woolly hat and matching fleece jacket, straightening up from her weeding and removing one of her gardening gloves. ‘Actually I’m in rather a hurry,’ I told her pretending to consult my watch while walking away. ‘Won’t keep you then. I’ll call by later, should I? It’s Flat 2 isn’t it?’ she persevered.
The Truth of the Matter – Linda Casper
1250 words General Fiction
Tracey thought she was doing the right thing, but in whose interest was she acting. A tale of family loyalty.
Tracey felt sick to her stomach. It wasn’t as if she hadn’t expected it, but after all these years she had almost succeeded in putting it out of her mind. “Gymnastics after school, Mum,” Leah reminded her, bringing her back to the present. At ten years old Tracey sometimes thought that Leah was more sensible than she was. She managed to hold it together on the walk to school, even replying to parents at the school gates as best she could.