A Present for Joe – Margaret Pearce

1700 words Women’s Fiction

The promise of peace on earth to all men of good will is often at its most stressed and fragile during the Christmas period. Yet the right present can still work the age old miracle of wonder and acceptance and bring contentment to the most unlikely recipients.

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Over the laden table Joe met his wife’s eyes; red rimmed from their last fight.He felt the familiar prickle of irritation. Too many screaming kids, too many people, and too much food. It didn’t need to be Christmas for his mother?in?law’s household to slop over so abundantly with chaotic disorder. It wasn’t just family, but all the people who boarded, or had boarded under the shabby roof of the rambling house and their friends as well.

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A Short Solution – Margaret Pearce

Children 11 – 14

Sean had to face school with a shaved head – like a freak – like an idiot.  He was odd man out and the other kids made his life a misery until his two best friends found a short solution to his problem.

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It happened so quickly that it was hard to say whose fault it was. The horses at the riding school were getting their winter coats clipped. Sean, John, and Steve were mucking around. As the last horse was led out of the yard, Steve pounced on the clippers. Somehow, as John grabbed them off Steve, his finger pressed the button that started them and Sean’s head was in the way. Almost before he straightened up the clippers had nicked his head and cut a bare path through his hair.

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A Wish for Christmas – 20 Stories for the Holiday Season

Women’s Fiction

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Enjoy the festive season with a little cheer from Alfie Dog Fiction. Put your feet up and revel in all that is best of Christmas and New Year with 20 stories from authors across the globe. Stories range from the moving to the amusing, the romantic to the tussle of family life.

Add a little sparkle to your Christmas with A Wish for Christmas

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Heat of the Noon Day Sun – Margaret Pearce

2750 words Fantasy

Why should a brilliantly talented window dresser ever be linked to the odd fact that people from the same store go missing?  What have they got to do with his window displays?

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At mid-day the sun casts no shadow, so why should I have even suspected? The shadows puddled beneath everyone, as if hiding from the fierceness of the sun. Behind the shelter of my sunglasses and hat brim, everything was two dimensional, stripped and faded of colour, black and glaring white. The street was crowded. We had bumped against each other. He apologised. We exchanged casual words about the crowd and the unseasonable heat. Inside the building my companion still appeared two dimensional, black hair and black eyes in a white face.

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Hell Hath No Fury – Margaret Pearce

1700 word Ghost Story

Why be so besotted with a vintage car when it had such a sulky and unpleasant personality? Admittedly it was that rare thing – a one owner car. Was it really mechanically unreliable because of its passion and loyalty to its first owner – or was it just coincidental?

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‘It’s a real beudy,’ George gloated. ‘What a prize! What a bargain! What a darling! What a sweetheart!’ His wife leaned against the garage and glared at his newest acquisition. ‘What is it and how much?’ ‘Nineteen forty-eight Morris in ‘as new’ condition. It’s been up on blocks for the last fifty years. Part of old lady Singley’s deceased estate.’ ‘How much?’ ‘It’s not as if I need to spend any money on repairs,’ George said. ‘A set of new tyres and a bit of a grease and oil change and Bob’s your uncle.’

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Mr Stinton and the Aliens – Margaret Pearce

1420 words Women’s Fiction

To start off your teaching life with ideals is one thing. To doggedly hang on to the ideal of somehow finding and nurturing that perfect bright mind after the reality of years of teaching is rather sweet, but not very realistic.

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Mr. Stinton took a deep breath and started again. ‘In the stomach, the food is…’ There was another titter from someone down the back. Mr. Stinton paused. ‘If it isn’t too much trouble, Jones, bring that note up here.’ There was the scraping of feet as Jones stood to his full height and slouched forward, lank hair falling over pimpled cheeks.

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Peanut Butter Sandwiches – Margaret Pearce

1260 words Women’s Fiction

The tradition of Christmas dinners is deeply entrenched in all of us. The question is how strongly can it influence the actions caused by our subconscious mind?

This story is included in the collection A Wish for Christmas

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“I said we are having peanut butter sandwiches for Christmas dinner,” Carmella repeated calmly to her shocked family. “But it’s Christmas day,” her husband Bob protested. “And I am entitled to one day off in the year.” And it was going to be a very long day. The children had started their Christmas morning at 5 a.m. unwrapping and playing with their presents.

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Sherry – Margaret Pearce

1150 words Children 5 – 9 years

A pet loving family await a new baby horse with much anticipation and excitement. What happens when the new arrival is the wrong colour and not  as beautiful as ordered?

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‘It would be nice if Sherry had a baby before she gets too old,’ the mother of the household said one day to the family. The pets of the household were a dog, three cats, several guinea pigs and a budgie. Sherry the Welsh Mountain Pony, a middle-aged placid spinster, and gone to fat as the middle-aged often do was the most favourite pet. The four children, Sherry’s most devoted fans and admirers, cried with delight. ‘A pure silver foal,’ Rose said. ‘Or a bright golden one,’ Noela sighed.

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Sole Obsession – Margaret Pearce

2000 words General Fiction / Fantasy

The first love of any young male’s life is so often that very important bike, and what he actually paid for it is not remembered in time.

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John Fosters was taking a short cut through the showroom when he first saw it. He fell madly and passionately in love. The Black Triumph flaunted itself on the dais emitting a tangible lure of black, black power, promising the excitement of speed, endurance and stability. The more John studied it, the more besotted he became. He was only twenty years old, after all. The excitement and longing moved through him like a fever. His right hand clenched around an invisible throttle.

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Some of my Best Friends Have Been… – Margaret Pearce

2000 words Women’s Fiction

Read about a macho creation who admits to genuinely liking women and still respects them after knowing all their faults?  Does it help that the women seem to overlook all his faults in return?

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I’m a secure and sensitive new age sort of male. I enjoy going out on the town on the usual male ritual bondings, but I like women as well. Some of my best friends have been women. My first experience of women was my mother; saddled with us three kids by her various suitors. She was a pretty female with an incredible talent for lavishing affection on all and sundry. I have always had a soft spot for females with that sort of talent.

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The Art of Training Pets – Margaret Pearce

2400 words Science Fiction

The definition of exactly whom is to be defined as an intergalactic pet ends up being too hard to cope with by the investigator.

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That very important personage Sir Gowan, Earth Minister for the Interior, fidgeted and shuffled. The Intergalactic Ambassador let the silence prolong. Sir Gowan was on the carpet, literally the silken plush of Intergalactic Federation Headquarters but figuratively in the hot spot. The entire matter was most unfortunate. Earth people did have this passion for pets, and the further the spacemen moved out from their home planet, the more bizarre their pets became. No matter how strictly the regulations were framed about removing life forms from alien planets, every conceivable life form was transported around the galaxy, and often ended up back on Earth with returning spacemen.

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The Bread Winner’s Noel – Margaret Pearce

1000 words General Fiction

Christmas brings with it the same problem every year to everyone. The right and most perfect Christmas present for the most important people in your life. And everyone has a different solution to this  universal problem.

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Christmas Eve, and the young man sat on the post office steps with all the confidence of the suitably dressed male; dirty bare feet, and faded blue jeans frayed around the ankles. The heavy leather jacket was ornately studded, and open to show his bare chest. He had a problem. It showed in the quietness of the heavy face, partially obscured by the straggling hair and beard.

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The Casualty – Margaret Pearce

640 words Humour

Tragedy strikes when Buffo the Boxer Dog is involved in a heartless hit and run accident. His family know it’s serious when he can’t eat. Will Buffo survive the ordeal?

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Tragedy had struck! Our Boxer dog Buffo had walked into the path of a speeding car. A hit and run menace who hadn’t even slowed after the incident. “See how white and shaken he is,” said one daughter, who tended to dramatize. I wasn’t sure that a dog could be white and shaken, but I was prepared to concede a point.

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The Day Death Wore Boots – A Collection of Ghost Stories

cover smallThe Day Death Wore Boots – ghost stories to leave you looking… and wondering…

Find out if the miniature Western town is really a toy in the title story. Was Jed Holloway’s death really down to faulty brakes – The Haunted Rig? You want to go home from your holiday in the Costa Del Sol but is it safe – Spanish Midnight? Does it matter that you don’t believe in ghosts when the ghost believes in you – Shard?

From Pompeii to the Wild West, from Australia to the shores of the United Kingdom the spirit world may be closer than you think!

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The Haunted Rig – Margaret Pearce

1750 word Ghost Story

Faulty brakes and lack of judgement were judged to be the factors contributing to Jed Holloway’s death. So why were other truckies swearing that his truck was still on the roads?  Why did Jed’s ex partner Bill Hollis who didn’t believe in ghosts, die because he  suddenly changed his mind? It was definitely only a coincidence that his death was also caused by faulty brakes and lack of judgement.

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It was a bitch of a night, the roads greasy, the night black and empty, and the rain a blinding pall that dimmed the most powerful headlights to short-sighted myopic halos. The sort of night that accidents happen and as accidents went, it was a shocker. Not that I actually saw it, just heard it, following the dying sound of the brakes with anguish at my helplessness. I was parked off the road facing uphill and drinking coffee, when the big red rig, hauling its load of steel girders flashed past. I caught a glimpse of young Jed Holloway in the glow of his cabin light and the dawning horror in his eyes as he wrestled with the steering.

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The Mystery of the Missing Pup – Margaret Pearce

1500 words Children 7 – 10 years

Nothing can be more heartbreaking than having your missing pup suddenly accused of wrecking things and killing chooks.

Andy can’t believe that his pup is destructive and untrainable.  What would change his well trained and well mannered pup into such a monster?

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Andy realised something was wrong when he saw the front gate wide open! Sam, his beautiful German Shepherd pup was gone! Also he had pulled off his collar again. Andy picked it up. Perhaps his mother was right and he should have it buckled on more securely. “Sam,” he called. He searched the park, the creek and all the streets. “You must have left the gate open and he wandered off,” his mother said. Andy wrote out lots of notices.

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The Rat – Margaret Pearce

1350 Words General Fiction / Fantasy

Happily ever after doesn’t often apply to the minor characters in fairy tales. This is what really happened in Cinderella.

This story is included in the collection Thrice Upon a Time

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It was just on dusk, and the street was deserted. He hurried towards and then past me; a stockily built short man, tidy gray hair and clothes, black eyes set too close together each side of the big nose. It was sheer luck that I heard the patter of his feet running back towards me. I dropped as the hand shoved at my back and grabbed for my bag. My timing was spot on. Unable to stop, and helped by a quick jerk on his arm, he hurtled across my body to land in the gutter.

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Thrice Upon a Time – Fairytale Collection

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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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Tiddles – Margaret Pearce

1900 words Fantasy

Not all people believe that cats, once worshipped by the Egyptians, should continue to have pampered spoiled-rotten lives.  What happens when  some people resent the cats’ attitude problems?

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Mrs. Patti Balse-Wilson was distressed. She dabbed the lace edged handkerchief at the soft pouches under her eyes. “I mean, I was devoted to Great Aunt Annie,” she protested. “But this is really carrying things too far!” Mr. Bertie Balse-Wilson, who was doing all the carrying, despite his bad heart, just grunted. A small removal van and driver had been hired to transfer the carefully tended contents of their small flat into Aunt Annie’s rambling old house, set well back in the overgrown grounds.

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Twenty-Seven Wisteria Lane – Margaret Pearce

2000 word Ghost Story

Mrs Forbes-Hill, strong-minded, competent and overbearing, has downsized to an inner city cottage. Once furnished into a more upmarket style, she settles back to her hobby of bullying her committees. Has the ghost of a strong-minded, competent and overbearing cheeky kid really possessed Mrs Forbes-Hill or is it the sad case of an abrupt descent into dementia?

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Mrs Forbes-Hill was not a personal friend of mine, and never had been. Our only connection was that our daughters had been at the same school and at the same time. Mrs Forbes-Hill was a person to admire, most especially from a distance. She was strong minded, opinionated, a magnificent organiser, a snob, a tyrant and an overbearing insensitive bully. She was also an unscrupulous and successful manipulator. Back in medieval times she would have done well with the Borgia’s. She controlled absolutely all the charitable committees she took over and everything else in the district.

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