A Bird in the Hand – Rebecca Mansell
2000 words Humour
Cyril has an obsession with birds; the feathered kind you understand. The problem is that he neglects his wife and though he has created a seed mixture that his birds absolutely adore, will his wife want to remain with a man who prefers twitching to kissing?
Cyril taught History at the local community school but he knew far more about birds. The feathered kind, you understand. It couldn’t possibly be the other. If you saw Cyril, you’d understand why. He was an unassuming, humble man. You could pass him in the street and not really notice him as he seemed to blend in with the scenery. Nothing at all remarkable to look at; grey hair, grey eyes and even a grey complexion, sallow and lacking in any healthy colour. Very slim and tall; he wore suits all the time and rarely smiled. He also scratched his head quite a lot. His pupils were constantly sniggering that he had dandruff or nits, but they didn’t realise that it was actually a nervous complaint he’d had since his youthful days.
Moving Buildings – Rebecca Mansell
1000 words Women’s Fiction / Humour
Angela or Angie as she preferred to be known is not all that she seems. Mr Evans, her rather ancient boss, soon discovers that you just can’t judge a book by its cover; not when it comes to saving lives anyway…
No one really knows much about where we go when our time here has been spent, but most like to consider it to be a serene and peaceful place, with soft, soothing music and beautiful flowers. Of course, not everyone considers there to be another world different from our own and such dreams and hopes may well be beyond our imagination but we all would like there to be more after here…