In Deep Water – Sharon Haston
1000 words Romance / Humour
Jane feels boring at a training course so pretends her hobby is scuba diving. To her dismay the hunky guy opposite is an expert on scuba diving. Will her little white lie land her in deep water – literally?
Jane detested training courses. Collecting her name badge, she shuffled into the classroom. “Welcome to Time Management Skills.” The trainer smiled. “Please tell everyone your name, which company you’re from and your hobbies?” A girl with red hair spoke first. “I’m Leonora from Jenkins Joinery. My hobbies are belly dancing, white water rafting and amateur dramatics.” Jane wondered why Leonora was on the course. Her Time Management skills were beyond reproach if she could fit in all those hobbies. “I’m Kevin from Simes Electrical. I run a boy’s football team and love snowboarding.”
The Loony Duke – Sharon Haston
1300 words Romance / Humour
Lucy is determined to stick to her New Year resolutions but fate seems equally determined to stop her. Fate also seems determined to keep her apart from the guy of her dreams. Will Lucy get her man and why is she taking a “Loony Dook”?
Lucy sighed at the usual suspects on her New Year’s resolutions list; lose weight, make time to relax, watch less TV, take up an interesting hobby, and meet the love of her life. She knew last year’s list was identical. She slammed her notebook shut. This year would be different… …In February she stood at the top of a dry ski slope. Ski-ing was top of her list of interesting hobbies. ‘Come on Lucy, you can do it,’ her friend Carla encouraged. Lucy closed her eyes and hurtled downhill at an alarming speed, ending up in a crumpled heap.
They’ve Kidnapped Santa Claus – Sharon Haston
800 words Children’s Story / Fairytale
Josh rescues Santa after he is kidnapped by Pantomime ‘baddies’ as they think it’s unfair that children love Santa and dislike them. The mission includes a trip to Lapland & climbing the beanstalk to outwit the Giant. Josh persuades the baddies pantomimes need them as children actually love booing them.
Josh loved a pantomime at Christmas. This year Mum had taken him to see “Treasure Island” with Long John Silver and Captain Flint, the parrot. A pantomime horse danced onto stage and shouted, “Josh Jones please come up to see me.” Josh was astonished but ran on stage to find out what the horse wanted. The horse whispered, “Josh, it’s me.” Josh saw a bright red nose shining through the horse’s costume. “Rufus!” he exclaimed.