Flying to the Moon – Rosemary Sturge
1500 words Feel Good Story
Jack’s wife Milly has always been a nervous soul. After their son is killed in a road accident she becomes agoraphobic. Jack longs to help, but he and the doctors seem unable to find a cure. Milly sits in the window, watching the world go by, until slowly she becomes fascinated by the local dance school across the way. It’s obvious that the young dance teacher needs help. Milly can play the piano. Milly wants to go to her aid, but can she steel herself to leave the house and cross that busy road?
Milly was at the window, with her coat on. That was a surprise. She’s got this …agoraphobia, that’s the word. It came on after our son was killed. Mind you, she never was keen on going into the town centre. Too crowded, she’d say. She’d rather stop at home, wasn’t even keen on going to the local shops. Living close to a busy road, as we do, the traffic fumes aggravate her asthma.
Silver Slipper on Lone Pine Ridge – Rosemary Sturge
2000 words Fairytale
Ella sure would like to go to the dance in McIntyre’s barn, but she hasn’t got a dress, and anyway, how’s she gonna get there? The ol’ hoss ain’t young no more, and the buggy won’t hold all her relations – but that’s afore she meets up with the mysterious Chippewa woman…
‘Come’n get it!’ The call was faint. I was picking huckleberries. I looked up, squinting back the way I’d come, towards the cabin, shading my eyes against the fierce Montana sun. Had I heard a voice or not? Prob’ly Carrie, my step-sister. Who might have grub ready, or she might not. If I went trampin’ back with my half-filled pail, and I’d only imagined that call, there’d be trouble. Surely Carrie wouldn’t do it just to fool me? Been caught out plenty times by the tricks my two step-sisters’d played. Still and all, the trouble would be worse if Carrie had called.
The House That Jack Built – Rosemary Sturge
1900 words Fairytale
Heard about Jack’s House? How he got round ‘Planning Permission’? A County Councillor in his pocket, that’s how! Hear about that slinky lady friend of his? The poacher who had a run in with a cow? The ragged fellow with the roving eye? The farmer’s lovely daughter? Read all about it!
This story is included in the collection Thrice Upon a Time
‘Jack Bodily wants us to sell his house, Babs,’ said my partner, Norman, gloomily. Norm and I run ‘Ideal Country Cottages’, Estate Agents. Things aren’t too bright at the moment. ‘The last thing we need is Jack’s dodgy palace on our books,’ he grumbled. ‘The rumours I’ve heard about that place. People say he didn’t even have planning permission!’ Typical Norm, what a ray of sunshine. He was right, no doubt. I’d heard several colourful rumours myself. I once knew Jack rather well. Norman doesn’t know that. It was a few years ago, when I was young and foolish, and though I say it myself, quite a gal.
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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