Cross Examination – Sheila Crosby
1500 word Feel Good Fiction
You don’t get to choose your family, although Major George Smyth would certainly chose a different son-in-law. He can’t stand the fellah, which means that he doesn’t see much of his daughter and grandchildren. The last thing he needs is to get involved in the young whippersnapper’s court case.
Major George Smyth felt cold all over as he walked through the mist. He’d overslept, and it left him stiff and aching. It needed a little discipline to get past the arthritis and get going, but after twenty years in the army, discipline was never a problem. The loneliness was harder to deal with, but Jade was a great consolation. He watched her as she loped back and forwards, sniffing trees and chasing rabbits. She’d better enjoy Tinker’s Dale while she could. Some pen-pusher had decided to move the railway station right out there, miles from the town centre. Stupid idea, even if it didn’t involve ripping up ancient woodland into the bargain.
Guilt – Sheila Crosby
800 words Women’s Fiction
Brian and Wendy work opposite shifts, and hardly talk these days. Wendy loves him, but life is incredibly dull. Until Marty talks her into a wild night out. The trouble is, she feels so very guilty about Brian.
Wendy could hardly look at Brian as she put her lasagne in the microwave. She felt like she had “Scarlet Woman” tattooed across her forehead. Should she cry off? But life was too grey. She was twenty-three, darn it, and she wanted to live a little. She heaved a sigh. Her mind had swung up and down on the same see-saw all day long. Brian and loyalty vs Marty and fun. There was no point going through it all again.
Junk – Sheila Crosby
1000 word Commercial Fiction / Humour
Stu swears by hanging onto anything and everything that might come in handy. Carol loves him, so she tries to stay calm and clean around the piles of junk. They’re going round in circles. How long can this go on? And what will it take for things to change?
Carol clutched at her fringe in frustration. “But we don’t need another video recorder. We’ve got two we never use already.” “This one’s a Betamax, for spares.” Stu carried it past her into the guest bedroom. “We haven’t even got a Betamax. We use a DVD.” “It was free,” said Stu. “John gave it to me.” And he put it on the floor in front of the window, on top of another two broken VHS machines, between the broken computer monitors and the TV he was supposed to be mending for a friend.
Love Spell – Sheila Crosby
900 words Women’s Fiction
What do you do when your husband’s losing interest? You might even be desperate enough to try a love spell from your New Age neighbour. Even though love spells don’t always work the way you planned.
I felt daft talking to the empty bathroom, but my neighbour Crystal had threatened to turn me into a toad if I didn’t. She was joking, of course, but I’d promised to do this rather than hurt her feelings after she’d been so kind. Besides, I had nothing much to lose. I tore the head off another yellow rose and read Crystal’s posh handwriting.
Some Day My Prince Will Go – Sheila Crosby
2100 word Fairytale
Rapunzel finds life at the top of a tower amazingly boring. She can’t wait for Prince Charming to rescue her. But princes are rare and not always charming, or even competent, and witches aren’t always what they seem either. What’s a princess to do?
It was pretty scary watching the witch sing “Happy Birthday”. Instead of being pursed in disapproval as usual, her mouth stretched into a smile so wide that it made me think of strychnine. Meanwhile her eyes stayed as cold and unblinking as a hawk, with a nose to match. She wore the inevitable silky blouse, twenty years out of date and buttoned right up to her wrinkled neck, but today it was little-girl pink. Even her trousers were pink. The outfit clashed hideously with her strident plum hair, and I couldn’t help thinking they were going to get stained when she shinnied down the tower. “Here’s your present, Darling.”
Thrice Upon a Time – Fairytale Collection
4 5* Reviews on Amazon
47,000 words Fairytale
Thrice Upon a Time is a collection of 18 modern fairy tales for adults. Some retell stories written long ago from a different perspective, while others are completely new. Read what happens when a late night walk leads to a game of poker with the farm animals and learn the Queen’s side of the story in what it is really like to live with Snow White. Who is the cobbler who turns up in the village? And exactly how many frogs does one princess have to kiss?
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Thrice Upon A Time – Sheila Crosby
1000 words Fairytale
Everyone knows that the prince has to rescue his princess from a tower. And of course that means that they’ll fall in love and be perfectly compatible until death do us part. Yeah, right.
This story is included in the collection Thrice Upon a Time
Thrice upon a time I rescued a princess from a tower. It goes with being a prince, I suppose. I’d booked my companion, Pat, through the website www. trusty-sidekicks-R-us.com, and I’d had my doubts at first — he seemed a bit puny for dragon-hunting, but he was well very prepared. He’d brought along his own horse, and a sheep, and accurate satellite co-ordinates on the castle, so we found it after a mere week.