Our Gang and Ghostly Matters – Sue Pearce

3600 words Children 9 – 12 years / Humour / Ghost

Four boys hang out in their favourite spot; two tombstones in the local graveyard; but it is midnight. They are in the middle of one of their gang’s initiation tests; a-night-in-a-grave-yard, when they have a very scary encounter.

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Fred, Mitch, Col and Tommy ran into the churchyard and flung themselves onto two ancient tombstones. They lay flat out; their chests heaving as they gasped greedily for air. It took a minute or two before any of them could speak; then Fred, slowly sat up and laughed. ‘Flippin’ ‘eck, that was close,’ he said. ‘You’re tellin’ me,’ replied Mitch and he blew a long drawn-out breath. ‘I told you scrumping is illegal,’ said Col. ‘Mum will go ballistic if she hears about this. I’ll bet old man Evans tells her.’ ‘It isn’t really stealing,’ said Tommy. ‘They’re only apples.’ ‘That’s not the poi..’ ‘Oh shut up you two, and let’s eat them.’

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The Journey – Sue Pearce

2000 words Children 10 – 12 years – fantasy

Joe lives with his grandfather in a land ruled by The High Command – a cruel, malevolent regime.

The night before Grandpa is due to be taken away to a terrible fate, Grace; a beautiful, enigmatic girl arrives to take Joe to safety.

Their journey is fraught with many dangers; but at last Joe learns of his true destiny.

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‘I will not be taken into their care. I will not!’ ‘Hush up, Joe, and listen a while.’ Joe opened his mouth to say something else, but was stopped by a glare. ‘I received the letter from High Command yesterday. I don’t have to tell you which one, do I?’ The look of horror on Joe’s face showed he knew what his grandfather was talking about. Nevertheless, he took the paper the old man was holding out to him. It was a standard letter with his grandpa’s name scribbled in by hand. Joe read it through tear-blurred eyes, his heart aching.

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