Best Friend – Meryl Brown Tobin
1000 words Women’s Fiction
Marnie, her husband Carey and their two small children have just returned from a lovely holiday together. However, as she prepares for bed, she has the uncomfortable feeling something is wrong with their marriage but she doesn’t know what. Then she realizes the house is too quiet. Where is Carey?
Fantasy in White – Meryl Brown Tobin
2350 words Women’s Fiction
Olga makes wedding dresses and now her boss has asked her to make the most beautiful one ever for his bride. Although he hasn’t actually asked her to be his bride, she knows that she is making the gown for herself. How will she react when she learns the truth?
Holding the newly-finished wedding gown against her, Olga stared at her reflection in the workroom mirror. This time she didn’t see the reflection of a 51 year-old unmarried woman far from the bright-eyed career girl flaunting her singleness as a badge of liberation. Instead she saw a young and beautiful bride. “You’re so white, so exquisite,” she murmured smoothing the front of it with her hand. “And you,” she added looking into her eyes, “what’s happened to the homely you. Even she would have to admit you look stunning.” With the gown pressed against her, she waltzed to the music spinning in her head in the empty workroom. “I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love,” she sang softly.
Murder on the Agenda – Meryl Brown Tobin
2400 word Women’s Fiction
Fiona tells her husband Barney she is sick of being nice to everyone and not being respected in return. So one day she sets out to be assertive. The following morning she tells Barney, ‘I’m going to murder someone today.’ How serious is she?
On waking one morning Fiona decided to murder someone. She tapped her husband Barney on the back. ‘I’m sick of being a victim.’ Barney stirred. ‘Wazzat?’ ‘I’m sick of people pushing me around.’ ‘Stay in bed if you’re not feeling well.’ With a snort she threw off the bedclothes and jumped out of bed. Later Barney caught up with her in the kitchen spooning muesli into bowls. ‘I can do that if you’re not feeling well.’
The Flower Garden – Meryl Brown Tobin
2500 words Women’s Fiction
Mrs Flowers loves her garden and is distraught when it dies. When she replants it, its replacement dies, thanks to Mr Flowers’ deviousness. When she goes into a deep depression, it is up to Mr Flowers to work out how to restore the core of her being.
Mr Flowers looked from his wife’s taut face to her clenched fists. Quickly he got up from the table, steadied himself and went to her. Taking her hand, he led her gently to the table. ‘You sit down, dear. I’ll get the tea.’ A stunned look passed fleetingly across her matronly face. ‘Don’t look so shocked, he thought. Just because I’ve never made a pot before, it doesn’t mean I’m not capable.’ ‘No, no, it’s my job––I’ll get it.’ Mrs Flowers busied herself with cups and saucers, but the uncharacteristic clatter made Mr Flowers realize her mind was not on the job.