13 Superstition Drive – Peter Lingard
3000 words Fantasy / Horror
A long empty, seemingly benign house wants to again enjoy days of caring, warmth and happiness.
I’d had enough. My life was crumbling around me. At my peak, I was worth something in excess of a million dollars. That was before ‘the incident’; the incident that ruined my existence. The murders took place in 1946. Sam Clarkson came home from the war and found his wife living with Simon Christie, a man who had evaded war service and made a fortune dealing in rubber and petrol. Sam strangled Christie, caught his fleeing wife, strangled her and then committed suicide. I was an orphan from that moment. No one has cared for me since that day.
A Class Act- Peter Lingard
1500 words Women’s Fiction
A lad from the ‘wrong side of the tracks’ falls for a girl his mother warned him he can never have.
My mother was preserving the class system again. “Them folks as live up th’ill, live in a different world frum us. We’ll never be able to aspire tuh same ‘eights as them, you’ll see. Just wait ‘til ya get older and you’ll see the way of the world!” Unfortunately, one of the folks that lived on the hill was Penelope Armstrong-Sydeley and I took a shine to her from the day I saw her in the schoolyard. A gaggle of girls was doing handstands against a wall that ran the length of the girls’ play area.
A Company of Boys – Peter Lingard
1500 words Feel Good / General Fiction
A young school cadet goes to a fairground looking for the kind of girl about whom he has heard other cadets talk. Camellia doesn’t exactly fit the description but she does provide him with a sought after opportunity.
I was the youngest of the school cadet force at the summer camp and socially unacceptable to my peers, so, on Saturday, I took a bus alone into town, intending, like the others, to meet one of the anticipated hordes of vacationing mill girls. As I strode into the pulsating fairground, Frankie Vaughan sang of secrets ‘Behind the Green Door’. Rides went round and round, up and down and in and out, allowing girls to scream out for attention, pretending excitement and manufacturing fear. Assorted music blared from a multitude of speakers.
A Dog For All Reasons – Peter Lingard
2200 words Women’s Fiction / Feel Good / Humour
A man is left with a dog his wife brought into their lives. The animal helps him readjust and eventually find happiness.
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I laughed at her outrageous statement and made wagers with her to win my prize. I got her inebriated. I challenged her to nude wrestling matches and other transparent games and she laughed at me. When I said it was time to stop the games, she said, “Not until we get a dog.” The dog was a Welsh corgi and he was the right size for our garden flat. He was farm-born, a few weeks old and nameless when he came into our lives.
A John by Any Other Name – Peter Lingard
1600 words Humour / Romance
A woman is confused about with whom she has a blind date, but the man she picks thinks it’s wonderful.
Jennifer arrived early on Saturday evening to meet John Miller, an almost-blind-date arranged by her sister. She sat on a bench by the fountain in St. Francis’ Square, draped her slender arms along the wooden backrest, and tilted her head to catch the glow of the setting sun. John Miller’s family lived in Adelaide but he had gained his degrees in economics and geography at Melbourne University. It was there that Jennifer’s brother-in-law had been friendly with the man who was soon to commence working for the town’s most prestigious brokerage house. Jennifer had seen a photograph of a group of students that included John before being asked if she fancied the idea of a date with him.
A Moving Story – Peter Lingard
3675 word Fantasy
Geoff knew his murdered friend had been unconventional but he was about to learn of another peculiarity.
At breakfast my mother handed me The Herald Sun folded to expose the story of a man killed by the person he had rescued from the Yarra. The rescuer’s name was Michael Dodge. “Think that’s your friend, Gene Simmons didn’t he change his name to Michael Dodge?” she asked. “He was a troubled lad.” “Could be. Do you have a number for him?” “I think so. Somewhere. I heard neither hide nor hair of them since you joined up.”
A Wish for Christmas – 20 Stories for the Holiday Season
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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After a While – Peter Lingard
2400 words Romance / Humour
A fickle, inept man manages to get a date with the woman of his dreams.
This story is included in the Essence of Humour collection
I know her name because I’ve heard people call out to her. I’ve seen her out in the village with her mother, or girlfriends. Curiously, I have never seen her with a boyfriend. She must be saving herself for me. She’s sexy, beautiful and around five-feet-seven-inches tall. Her blue-black silken hair drops to her shoulders and curls under itself. It is not an exaggeration to say her hair is like that of models who flick their locks from side to side in shampoo commercials.
Age of Acceptance – Peter Lingard
1900 words Commercial
A child embarrassed by the age of his parents decides to do something about it.
Kevin’s father taught the boy how to make forts, moats, ramparts and armies of men in a partitioned area of their back yard. “It’s magic mud, son. It’ll do whatever your mind wants it to. All you have to do is believe.” The boy did believe. He built armies of miniature warriors and supplied them with the materiel he knew of. When his troops were killed in action, he buried them in small graves. After leaving them for what he considered a respectful time, he rewet the dirt and scooped it up to make reborn soldiers for his army. As the years grew, the relationship between father and son waned.
Amalfi Sojourn – Peter Lingard
1780 words General / Thriller
A man diarises a trip to Italy during which he falls in love with the town in which he stays and a woman who lives there, but there’s a surprise in store for him.
Mike, you there? I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch for a while. I’ll explain all to you later. Right now, I’m in Amalfi, Italy. I’ll start a word-document to diarise events and then send it to you later. Ciao (see, I’m already going ‘native’) …………… Sorry I left without saying anything, but things just got too much for me. Sally and her bloody lawyer never stopped hassling me and I almost gave too much away in an effort to get them off my back. Thankfully, my lawyer is as much a piranha as hers and he stopped me from being foolish.
An Unforeseen Wrinkle – Peter Lingard
3000 words Crime / General Fiction
A desperate man kidnaps his son to extract ransom from the boy’s mother, the wife of a mob boss.
Kidnapping David Paulino was easy. A theatrical store helped me select and purchase a wig, false nose, beard and make-up for what I told them was my upcoming role as General Custer. To add conviction, I hired the appropriate uniform and accessories. At a different shop, I purchased a pair of very dark, wraparound sunglasses. I watched David wave goodbye to a London bound 747 that carried his girlfriend, Gillian. The nineteen-year-old then spent every night getting drunk at the bars and clubs in the centre of town. I put on my disguise, donned a pair of gloves, hired a panel van from ‘Rent-A-Wreck’ and followed him for several nights.
Anger Management – Peter Lingard
2300 words Crime
After his daughter is raped and murdered, a man goes to pieces.
Sylvia Thompson had had to wait longer than expected at the doctor’s surgery. When she arrived home, she found her daughter absent and surmised the twelve-year-old had gone to see a friend after school. When her husband, Eric returned from work, he asked after the girl. “I don’t know where she is. Her schoolbag’s here, so she must’ve been home. I called her friend Dorothy, but she says she left Jen at the end of the street. I also rang a couple of other friends but they don’t know where she is either. Knowing Jen, she won’t want to miss her dinner.”
Bicycle Clip – Peter Lingard
3220 words General Fiction
After colliding with a car, a trapped and immobile cyclist assesses his life while waiting for medical help, relief from pain, and the arrival of his wife.
My only line of sight is under the car against which the small van has jammed me. I don’t know how things started, but I do know the decrepit looking van skidded toward me, side on and in such a way that I couldn’t escape its path. It knocked me from my bike and sent me tumbling toward the car. There wasn’t time for fear to set in, but I did believe the car was about to run over me. I think the van flipped and landed partially on the car and partially on me, bringing us all to an immediate halt. I’m stuck between the two vehicles, face down with my arms pinned beneath me.
Blow, My Bully Boys, Blow – Peter Lingard
2500 words Women’s Fiction
A boy overcomes bullying and turns it to his advantage.
The all-boys establishment had existed for hundreds of years and had an enviable reputation in academic circles. The awe in which Rodney’s father held the school instilled a slight sense of foreboding in the eleven year old. He felt the fear of the unknown…of new people…of not measuring up socially or academically. “Welcome boys!” boomed the deputy head master. “In case you are unaware of it, there are thirty of you starting today. We take in thirty very fortunate young men every year and as we, your masters, are a comparative few, we expect you to act as responsible young men learning to take your elevated positions in the greater world.
Brad and Jen – Peter Lingard
2700 words Humour / Fantsy
An ardent fan of Jennifer Anniston is shocked and excited when one of the aliens who move into the next flat masquerades as her.
It was a shock when a thin shaft of light suddenly shone out of a hole in my bedroom wall. How long had the hole been there? Given the busy wallpaper, it could have been a while. What had the previous tenants watched me do? My mind raced back through bedroom time, searching for potential embarrassments. There were a couple but, considering the watchers had gone, I didn’t need to put my head in the oven. I arched my back, bent my knees and looked through the hole. The room was bare. I kept looking, believing that because the room was illuminated, something must happen. My thighs started to ache and I knew I had to re-arrange the furniture.
Brian – Peter Lingard
4400 words Feel Good Story
A man runs into a friend he hasn’t seen for thirty years.
There had been days when I wondered if Brian might kill someone. The man used to be involved in at least one fight a week, especially after the pubs had closed. That could no longer be the case. His swollen knuckles looked painful and I doubted he could straighten his hook-like fingers. I watched him fumble a homemade cigarette out of an old and battered tin box that lay on the bar and nearly offered to help, but realised in time that my recognition of his problem would embarrass him.
By My Side – Romance Collection
Two 5* reviews on Amazon
By My Side brings you 20 of the best romantic stories from writers around the world.
Be transported to the past in the war-torn Three Months of Summer and back to the present in the gentle modern everyday situation of The Pool Doctor. Feel your heart racing through the ethical dilemmas in Would you Shoot Me? and the danger and drama of Run From the Sun.
These stories will transport you to a world of love and romance and leave you breathless. In far-away locations or in everyday situations there really is someone for everyone.
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Carousel – Peter Lingard
1750 words Romance
How Patrick gets his girl back, even though City beat United six one.
Patrick saw Valerie more as a habit than a girlfriend. He assumed she felt the same way, although he felt sure she saw it as a positive habit. She captured his mother by addressing her as Mrs Potter all the time. “Oh, this is so nice, Mrs Potter.” “What a lovely tablecloth, Mrs Potter.” “You need to reel ‘er in fast, Patrick, before someone bedder comes along,” advised his mother. “Ya might be good-looking, but construction workers don’t get a chance at someone like Val twice in their life.”
Chop Logic – Peter Lingard
1220 words Historical / Humour
The French revolution brings difficult and confusing times to a Paris journalist.
Marcel Desailly made an average income writing letters for the illiterate, poems for lovers, plays for amateur actors and scandal sheets about the wealthy elite. Citizen Robespierre liked to read of the sexual shenanigans of French society; Marcel’s words added strength to his convictions about the despots that ruled the country. Consequently, Marcel gained employment as an agent provocateur for the Committee for Public Safety. He was to become a diarist of The Reign of Terror, as Robespierre liked to call his campaign. Many of Marcel’s stories fit the Committee’s political agenda and politically correct actors performed his zealous tracts.
Christmas Continuance – Peter Lingard
1200 words Christmas Story
How can those in the Antipodes not enjoy the delights of Christmas pudding and Brandy butter? It must be the downside of living somewhere that is not miserable and cold in the winter. Antipodeans just don’t appreciate the benefits of an English Christmas!
Bernadette opened the package carefully. “Look. It’s from Fortnum and Mason,” she said with delight. “Everything in here must be very expensive. I do hope Margaret hasn’t bought a similar gift for everyone; it would have cost her a fortune.” “Getting it to us didn’t cost our daughter anything,” her husband said as he read the air waybill. “She used her employer’s account.” “I’m sure she’ll have reimbursed her employers. She just used the account to get a cheaper rate.”
Christmas Spirit – Peter Lingard
Home for the holidays – for the last time.
This story is included in the collection A Wish for Christmas
“How about a nice five-star hotel in Bali for the Christmas hols?” John said to his partner, Annie. “It does sound nice, darling, but Mum asked us to be with them this Christmas and I promised we would. I know that sounds like a death sentence, but it is time you met them.” “No can do, Annie. I’ve already paid the deposit and bought the tickets.” “Forget deposits and change the tickets to Perth, darling. Think how much we’ll be saving if we stay with my folks. They have a lovely house and anyway, it’s time for you to meet them. Just the other day mum asked if I was ashamed of you.”
Clairvoyant – Peter Lingard
2800 words Romance / General Fiction
Henry sits on his usual park bench and is amazed when a woman he loved long ago, but who fails to recognise him, sits on the same bench.
Sometimes I take bennies in the park. Bennies used to mean the Benzedrine tablets I stole from my step-mother in my early teens. Now, they’re the beneficial rays of the sun. When the weather is nice, soaking up bennies is sometimes the best part of the day. I stroll from the home, past the shops, across the busy road and into the park. I check the flowerbeds and occasionally pull out a weed if I see one within reach. I always make for this perfectly positioned bench that allows me to sit, close my eyes, and let the sun arc across my face.
Comfortable – Peter Lingard
540 words Humour / Feel Good
A young girl wants to know the ins and outs regarding Santa and The Tooth Fairy.
“Do we have lots of money, Daddy?” “The wolf isn’t at our door, Susie. Why?” “What’s a wolf got to do with it?” “Nothing. Daddy was being silly. Why do you want to know about how much money we have?” “So I can decide.” “And what is it you have to decide?”
Cooked Under Pressure – Peter Lingard
2100 words Crime
A woman tires of waiting for the man she loves to make a move in her direction.
“Why are we doing this, Alfred?” asked Rosemary Wilson. “I always thought mistresses had all the fun in life but our affair hardly brings us joy, laughter or unbridled sex. It’s more boring than the thirty-five-year old love of an average husband and wife!” “You know why, Rose,” he said. “I realize the restaurant’s a pain. Without a major overhaul I can’t bring in the right chef, and without the right chef I can’t attract enough punters. The whole thing gets me down.”
Deadly Nightshade – Peter Lingard
2400 words General / Literary Fiction
After being hit by an automobile, a man afraid of the dark is confined in the nightmare of a ‘conscious’ coma.
This story is included in the collection This Land is My Land
I smile inwardly when I think of my eldest brother, Ed. He was a rock and was more responsible for my upbringing than our parents were. He taught me how to play sports and fight my corner. He taught me about girls and we even went on double dates sometimes. On my twenty-first birthday, we swapped our dates in the middle of the night. The next day, he took me to the pub and told our mates about it. You should have seen the looks we got from them!