Abbey Park – Sarah Bakewell
Paranoia seeps in for Amelia as she assumes her husband’s delay in coming home is signalling an affair, but she bravely tries to hide this from her two young sons. However Luke, her husband, is desperately trying to work out how to save his family from a lifetime of misery.
If you were to look out across Abbey Park tonight, just after all the children had been called in for tea by their parents, you’d see something unexpected. Usually, once the children have collected their footballs and skateboards, the park would be deserted, and it would stay that way until the morning rush of mothers and toddlers. Not tonight. As the moonlight trickled into the darkness that carpeted Abbey Park, a man in a suit could be seen. He was sitting at the swing he’d run to every day after school as a boy, determined that he would be able to soar so high that he would fly over the bar at the top. He’d never managed it. That wasn’t why he was here tonight.
Chubby Little Cheeks – Sarah Bakewell
1000 words Women’s Fiction
A new mother holds her new born son in her arms for the first time, engulfed by love for her little boy. She gazes at him, noting every miniature detail, taking him in. He’s here, she’s done it. And now all she has to do is take him home.
Here he is. He’s perfect. My little boy, my first child, my son. Here in my arms. I could hold him forever. All the pain I experienced bringing him into this world is now irrelevant, forgotten. I’m engulfed by love. I feel nothing other than love for my baby boy. My surroundings have faded into nothing; they do not matter. Nothing matters other than him now. Just my son. He has a mop of thick, black hair, like his father. His small eyes are shut, but he has beautifully long eyelashes.