Christmas Lost and Found – S. Bee
1250 words Women’s Fiction
Will Meg survive another Christmas on her own?
‘Christmas day ramble. Meet at 1.30pm at the park gates for a 2 mile walk – weather permitting. For more information, please email me.’ Meg was satisfied to see her ad in the local newspaper again. She wondered who would turn up. Her mind wandered back to the previous Christmas day… two new people from last year were a retired, gentle vicar called George, and Alec, an attractive, divorced chap around Meg’s own age, fifty- something. Last December was Alec’s first Christmas without his wife. Meg had sympathised. She knew how it felt to be alone.
Lipstick, Powder and Paint – S. Bee
1400 words Humour
Hetty and Mandy have a lot of making up to do.
“You’d be doing me a great favour,” Pat, my neighbour, began. “You’ve got such a lovely complexion, Hetty.” I was surprised to hear this. “Have I?” “Oh yes. Perfect for a make- up model,” she said. “Bye for now!” I headed up the garden path and heaved the groceries in. On the way to the kitchen, I glanced in the hall mirror. A lovely complexion? I didn’t think so. I reckoned that Pat had probably asked all her friends, colleagues and neighbours, and they’d said no to her favour. After all, who wants to end up looking like Coco the clown?