Nightmare Nativity – Samantha Carrington

2700 words Christmas / Humour

It’s Christmas. School nativity time. The pressure is on for Sandra to make a better costume than the annoyingly perfect, Anne-Marie – whose child wins ‘best costume’ every year. But it appears Sandra has really let Emily down. As the children come onto the stage – Emily is nowhere to be seen.

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I down another glass of pink fizz. It’s getting major now, nearing catastrophic, in fact. I only have a quarter of the bottle left, yet at least another three torturous hours of pricking my fingertips and traumatising the cat. Poor Alfie. With each new scream of frustration, his usually neat fluff takes on more of an electrified appearance; his eyes get wider and wider. They now threaten to engulf his entire face. “Are you okay, Mummy?” Emily appears at the lounge doorway, rubbing her eyes, all ‘butter-wouldn’t-melt’ in her Barbie-pink dressing gown. “Fine, sweetie. Go back to bed, Mummy’s just wrestling with her halo.” Never a truer word was spoken. “But, you keep shouting and waking me up.” Some children are just plain ungrateful.

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The Silver Cross – Samantha Carrington

2500 word Feel Good Story

Sally finds herself filled with guilt when she decides to put her mother into a home to relieve the pressure on her ageing dad. But, when her mum, whose memory is fading rapidly, asks after a hidden piece of jewellery, Sally uncovers a shocking secret.

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The home always smelled a bit stale. Sally stood in the doorway of the huge lounge, observing her mum who sat, motionless, in an armchair backed against the wall among many of the other residents whose chairs lined the perimeter of the room. It struck Sally as wrong that homes ‘arranged’ their residents in this way. She felt sad when she looked at her once vibrant, fun- loving mum, now diminished to this weak, shadow of her former self. And, if she was honest with herself, there was perhaps a tinge of guilt too.

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