A Word in Your Ear – Sharon McGregor
1400 words Mystery / Humour
Lettie’s bird watching turns up a lot more than sparrows and owls. She discovers a little too late that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.
Lettie Moore clung to the cast-iron post at the base of her steps, for a moment, to catch her breath before mounting the five steps leading up to her veranda. It wasn’t a long walk from the store, but her bags were heavy and her arthritis was bothering her today. Then too, she wasn’t getting any younger. She stopped again at the top to set down her packages and grab the contents of the old mailbox, before crossing the veranda to the coolness of her house.
Déjà Vu – Sharon McGregor
1450 words Humour / Mystery
Summer life at the Lake brings a few twists when Maggie and Peter get new neighbours. Did he or didn’t he? Did she or didn’t she? Non-intervention seems to be the safest route.
Maggie set the last of the plates in the rack to drain. As she looked out the kitchen window she could see Robert and Barbara Howe in the garden next door start to circle each other in the nightly ritual that preceded all out war. Soon their raised voices were screaming across the narrow yard. “There they go again.” she sighed, drying her hands on the tea towel and draping it over the dishes. “I can hear,” growled her husband Peter pouring a large glass of wine… “Time to turn on the TV. Maybe we can drown them out.”
Happy Birthday to Me – Sharon McGregor
700 words Humour
George receives more than one surprise for his birthday. Only one of them is planned by his wife, Hannah, who has been busy trying to keep him out of the doghouse.
Hannah began preparing for George’s birthday well in advance of the day. She had learned from experience that this was wise. George before his birthday was like a kid at Christmas. He prowled hallways, poked into closets, sniffed the air for exotic smells and just generally tried to trip her up. It had become a game.
Keeping Up Appearances – Sharon McGregor
1250 words Humour
Hannah has qualms about meeting her old school rival again and puts her husband George through agony preparing for the event. Nothing prepares either of them for her girdle’s coming out party.
Hannah sat in front of the dressing table and turned her head this way and that. She pursed her lips in an expression of distaste and asked, “George, do you think my jaw is starting to sag?” George sensed imminent danger. But before his adrenaline could hit flight mode, she threw in another curve. “Do you think maybe I should go on a diet?” George was not a stupid man. He could recognize danger signals as well as the next husband. He made a dive for the bathroom and began to gargle, very loudly. He resolved to remain there until it was safe to venture out again.
The Case of the Fatal Fruit – Sharon McGregor
2100 words Humour / Mystery
Peridot returns in a dream to help his old colleagues Hustings and Inspector Jupp solve the mystery of Mrs. Twist’s death. (Apologies to Agatha Christie)
Huge boughs arched over the pathway. A morning mist lay thick and close to the ground proclaiming it to be an English country lane. He couldn’t place the scene yet a certain familiarity brought a lump to his throat. Then he realized it was a sound he recognized- the sound of footsteps, short and precise, identifiable before he could make out the man. Then, walking towards him through the mist came that unmistakable silhouette dear to his heart, a short rounded figure of elegant dress, with an egg-shaped head perched slightly to the side, and of course the moustaches, those luxuriant never-to-be-matched moustaches of the Great Man.
The Weakest Link – Sharon McGregor
780 words Humour
George and Hannah have different ways of coping with a chain letter that arrives in their post. George is left with some unanswered questions.
The letter, innocent looking enough, arrived in Tuesday’s mail. Hannah opened it with some curiosity, because the return address was of an old school chum who had moved across the country years ago, and remained out of touch.