Making a Difference – Phil Davies

1600 word General Fiction

A general election is looming and Malcolm, leader of the Difference Party, anticipates holding the balance of power.  But he has a big worry.  Will his candidates become mired in sleaze prior to the election?   Meanwhile, his feisty daughter Emma has her own ambitions.

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‘We’re in sight of a great victory. We can hold the balance of power between the two main parties and make a real difference to the way the country views politics. But I do have a worry. And it’s a big one.’ Malcolm Cooper, leader and co-founder of the Difference Party, paused and eyed his audience, made up exclusively of parliamentary candidates. Confident he had their complete attention, he continued. ‘As you know, our aims are simple. We’ll work with, rather than against, our political opponents. We will not indulge in short termism and we will not become mired in sleaze.

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Strictly Macabre – Phil Davies

2400 word General Fiction

Ginny, a once promising artist, has lost her ‘edge’ following divorce.  But she knows her art and buys a famous painting cheaply at a local auction.  Her family, friends and community turn against her, but her life changes when she hears the theme music of a TV dance programme.

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‘Are you bidding today?’ Tim the auctioneer, striped navy suit and trademark bow tie, greeted Ginny as he busied himself with paperwork. Ginny felt edgy, but didn’t know why. ‘Umm, maybe. If there’s something worth buying, of course. But I expect it’s the usual old junk.’ She scanned the lots arranged around the walls of the old church, where infrequent praying had been replaced by regular bidding. Despite two years’ use as an auction room, it still retained a faint smell of lavender furniture polish and ancient hymnals.

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