A Girl Named Rebecca – Debora St Fleurose
2000 words Teen Fiction / Women’s Fiction
There comes a time in everyone’s life when they feel discouraged. Even when they succeed, the euphoria only lasts for so long. They’re smiling, but it could be because the smiling is to hide their unhappiness. You never know a person’s situation unless you’re faced with it yourself. Rebecca Parker’s been faced with several challenges due to her being different. This story shows that anyone, no matter race, structure, religion, or gender, can become who they want to be if they follow their heart and cast their doubts into the dark.
Rebecca Josephine Parker was a daydreamer. Whenever her mind had the chance to wander, it always did, whether she was in the middle of class or on a roller coaster in Six Flags or chatting up her best guy friend, Blake. Blake sat in front of her in theatre, aloof and laid back as usual. He was not the least bit dramatic in reality, but when Blake was on stage it took your breath away. Rebecca loved him. She knew it in her heart.
Rebecca Josephine Parker was a daydreamer. Whenever her mind had the chance to wander, it always did, whether she was in the middle of class or on a roller coaster in Six Flags or chatting up her best guy friend, Blake. Blake sat in front of her in theatre, aloof and laid back as usual. He was not the least bit dramatic in reality, but when Blake was on stage it took your breath away. Rebecca loved him. She knew it in her heart–Blake was like her brother. She felt herself inhale sharply at “brother.” Her own brother, Radley, had died about six months before in a car accident. It had been hard on her, her parents, and her sisters.
A Granted Wish – Iyana Jenna
1800 words Teen Fiction
Being told over and over that he is too young to have a girlfriend, or a boyfriend as the case may be, 15-year-old Kyle sends a wish to whoever up there is willing to grant it.
Kyle inches slowly, creeps in, and, stealing a quick glance towards the boy sitting next to him, he smiles. He looks down; can feel their fingers entwined together underneath their school bags. He loves seeing the blush on the other boy’s face, feel the slight tremor running through his hand–though from excitement or fear he knows not. They are inside the school bus after all. He swallows his disappointment when Aiden pulls his hand back. Right. He tries not to show his feeling, looks up and sees the boy’s shy smile toward him, making him feel warm all over.
A Shaggy Dog Tail – Pat Boulton
975 words Children 8 – 11 / Teens
Mikey didn’t have any friends at school, they all laughed at him for being a SWOT, and a NERD. However, a visitor arrived at his back door, and they soon became best friends. The first time he saw the boys from school, with his new friend, they became jealous.
Mikey turned off the computer, threw all his textbooks on the floor, and flopped heavily onto his bed. ‘SWOT’, that’s what they all called him. He hated the way his friends made fun of him, Soon, they would be sitting their GCSE’S, but – did that worry his friends, NO –WAY, (friends -that’s a laugh). They never included him when they went out. The only time they wanted to know him, was if they needed help with their homework, because they were too lazy to do it.
A Short Solution – Margaret Pearce
Children 11 – 14
Sean had to face school with a shaved head – like a freak – like an idiot. He was odd man out and the other kids made his life a misery until his two best friends found a short solution to his problem.
It happened so quickly that it was hard to say whose fault it was. The horses at the riding school were getting their winter coats clipped. Sean, John, and Steve were mucking around. As the last horse was led out of the yard, Steve pounced on the clippers. Somehow, as John grabbed them off Steve, his finger pressed the button that started them and Sean’s head was in the way. Almost before he straightened up the clippers had nicked his head and cut a bare path through his hair.
A Spoonful of Happiness and Ashes – Travis Michael Chapman
13400 words Teen / General Fiction
After the death of his mother, Curtis’ abusive father takes him aboard his fishing vessel where they live in discordance. Armed only with a mysterious diary page written by his mother, Curtis accosts love and disaster and is forced to confront loss, search for happiness, and ponder the meaning of coincidence.
Whatever piece of furniture father heaved into the hall assured me there would be no sleeping tonight. I lay under my blanket holding my breath as my father’s drunken rampage echoed down the hall. The clamor of wood, plates and profanities filled my room like thunder. The upheaval comforted me because it was familiar. It had reminded me countless times that my nightmares were fantasy, but it never protected me from father’s drunken wrath. The cacophony ceased. I held my breath in fear. Moments ticked past, and I refused to blink knowing he’d hear it. What was he doing? Why did he stop? A rustle. A footstep. A cough. Nothing. Only the pounding of my heart against my rigid lungs. Download to read more
Adventures of Elliot McSwean: Save the Red Lights – Rebecca T. Dickinson
5200 words Children 10 years+
The city of Cutler Gap is in trouble when the city council plans to eliminate the money it gives to the Emergency Rescue Service. When 10-year-old Elliot McSwean and his friends invade the city’s meeting, they will try to save the EMS before their best friend’s step-mom loses her job.
Dad flipped hamburgers on the grill. Cheddar melted on six of the twelve patties. I reached for a hamburger on a plate near the grill just as Dad blocked it. “Trying to set your hand on fire, son?” Dad said. “Go over to the firefighters’ safety demonstration.” Bright blue, white and red tents covered the center of the town for the seventh Cutler Gap Police, Fire and Rescue Festival. On the four roads surrounding the square, kids sat inside fire trucks, police cars and emergency rescue vehicles. One sheriff’s officer brought his horse, and Dad – who oversaw the Cutler Gap Police’s small canine unit – had helped set up the dog tent that morning before he started grilling. Visitors, who came from North and South Carolina, donated money at the different tents to help each department.
Adventures of Elliot McSwean: The Question – Rebecca T. Dickinson
3200 words Children 10 years and over
When an annoying fourth grade girl uses a phrase Elliot McSwean has never heard, he goes on a mission to find out what it means. Ten-year-old Elliot faces older sisters who bully him, a little sister who never leaves him alone, and his father who still believes Russian spies are coming. Will he find the answer to his question?
No one knew the right answer or definition to my question. Actually, most adults thought I’d forget, and move on to another topic. I wasn’t six anymore with long eyelashes brushing my glasses. I was becoming a fifth grade man who wanted an answer. I turned first to my friends the day the question came to mind. Verdana Jameson—a fourth grader who wore vests and ate plain lettuce—introduced the phrase. How could a fourth grader know something my friends and I did not? It was an unexplained mystery, but I was not about to ask her.
Are You Tough Enough? – Patsy Collins
1900 word Teen / Women’s Fiction
Jack’s fed up with being treated like a kid by Mum. It’s not fair, especially as he’s going to be a Marine. Granddad shows him he’s been fighting the wrong battle.
I come in from school and head to my room. “Jack, I want a word with you,” Mum calls as I’m halfway up the stairs. “I’ll be there in a minute, Mum,” I reply. I wonder what she wants now. Maybe I’ve got time for a quick drag before I get my ears bent. Now where did I hide my cigarettes? “Now, Jack.” She doesn’t sound happy, but then she’s often not happy with me. Always having a go or nagging about something.
Aunt Jean’s French Beret – Cath Delaney
1900 words Humour / Teen Story
Lauren’s Aunt is visiting the family. Aunt Jean has a rather eccentric dress sense and in the past her school friends have mocked Lauren about it. But this time it is even worse : the thought of bumping into her new boyfriend during a proposed outing with her Aunt is mortifying. But Lauren loves her Aunt and can’t hurt her by refusing to go. All she can do is cross her fingers…..but will it work?
Aunt Jean arrived sporting a bright pink French-style beret, fake-fur boots and emerald green eye shadow. My heart sank. I knew she would insist on taking us children out and the chance of bumping into Paul King was too awful to contemplate. I wanted to crawl away and hide. Aunt Jean’s headgear is a family joke that is seriously unfunny. Last year on her visit she wore a huge straw hat covered in artificial fruit. She took us to the local theme park for her treat and half my school seemed to be there.
Bullied on the Bus – James McHarg
4200 words Fantasy / Teen Fiction
Moving to the country was bad enough but now twelve-year-old Jeremy must endure daily bullying. With his mother’s life threatened and his great-granddad close to death, all seems lost. Only a dark family secret might save them, but first he’ll have to turn thirteen.
“Jeremy, please hurry! I can see the bus coming. Come along, quickly now,” Victoria Rayder shouted to the dawdling boy. “Aw, Mom, do I have to go to school? It’s too nice out. Come on, Mom. Please, let me stay home.” Jeremy Rayder dashed up the narrow lane, skidding to a stop in the loose gravel alongside his mother. “Look what I found,” he said excitedly, waving a grasshopper in her face. The bug’s legs clung to his index finger; antennae twitching and eyes bulging out from a blue-green face. “Yes, I see it quite clearly, Jeremy. You don’t have to stick it up my nose.” Jeremy giggled, a playful spark lit up his eyes. “Yeah, and it’s green, too. Just like snot. See!”
Clothing Annie – Clothing Annie
2500 words Teen Fiction
Don gives Annie clothes as a present. She’s embarrassed, but he is a nice guy. Too bad he’s two grades behind her. Then he rescues a dog. How can she resist? Don is too young for Annie. Or is he? There’s a baseball game coming up. It’s time to decide.
I was vaguely aware that Don had a crush on me, but I ignored it since I was almost seventeen, and he was only fifteen. He wasn’t even supposed to be at my end-of-the-school-year party, but our parents were friends, and my mother had invited him. To my surprise, he bought a present. When I opened his present, I was embarrassed at first, but my girlfriends oohed and aahed over the cute, lavender, short sleeve blouse and the baby blue designer jeans. “Your mother must have chosen these,” one remarked to him. He shook his head and replied, “No, I did. I knew Annie would look good in these.”
Coffee with Luna – Jeff Williams
1500 words General / Teen
Can young love be stymied by social media, by the likes of Facebook and twitter? Romance hangs in the balance when a nerdy student investigates his potential girlfriend online.
This story is available in the collection Came as ‘Me’ Left as ‘We’
I arrive in Huffington’s class seconds before the great man himself sails into the room. The cables from his laptop dangle like the tentacles of some maladroit sea creature as he mounts the stage. Should I lend a hand? Three classes of my helping him to download have laid bare his inability with PowerPoint. Also his pathetic choice of passwords. Access to his electronic grade sheet will net me a certain A. But I hesitate. Assisting ‘The Huff’ yet again will brand me as a sycophant. Particularly in Luna’s eyes. And hers are the only eyes that matter.
Definitely Not My Type – Susannah White
640 words Teen / Humour
Luke hates the library, but he goes there every week because of a girl. He tries to catch her eye and to study books that might impress her. The girl hardly seems to notice him, yet he can’t give up because she is so beautiful. Do they really have anything in common?
Luke hated the library. How much longer would he have to sit there? It was even hotter than usual, he thought, heaving his arms out of the black leather jacket and chucking it on the floor. An old lady coughed disapprovingly so he coughed back loudly, yawned, sighed and tried once more to concentrate on the book. It was hopeless.
Elliott the Watchman – Rebecca T Dickinson
2000 words Children 10 – 15 years
Part of The Adventures of Elliott McSwean
Elliot McSwean’s second oldest sister is only allowed to go on a date if Elliot goes with her. When the date turns out to be a loser, Elliot must stand up to a guy twice his size and with a lot of attitude.
Kasey Adams waited next to his black truck. He wore sunglasses even though the sun was going down, and loose shoe strings were tucked inside his brown boots. Whiffs of too much men’s smell good stuff crossed the yard. The scent overpowered Mom’s tulips and honeysuckle bush. Kasey nodded his head like a guy starring in the pop country music videos my sister, Maria Cella, liked. I could not believe I had to go with this guy and Maria Cella on their date all because of Dad’s dumb dating rules for my two older sisters. Maria Cella had pouted her lips and moaned like the time I splattered ketchup on her dance uniform.
Endings and Beginnings – Roger Noons
2350 words Teen / General Fiction
Going back rarely achieves anything other than explanation and clarification.
“Good morning.” “Hiya,” said the bearded, shirtless young man, eager to rest from digging the front garden. “Does Annie Haden still live here?” I asked. “She did ‘til two months ago, she passed away.” “Oh, I’m saddened to hear that,” I added and meant it. “Are you a neighbour?” “No, I don’t live around here,” I explained. “I knew her years ago; I went to school with her daughter, Janet.” “That’s my mum,” he said. “And how is she, your mum?” I asked, smiling. His face grew dark. “She died as well. They were together in a car accident. Mum was taking gran to the opticians. They were hit by an artic. It was in all the local papers.”
Evolution – Peter Lingard
5450 words Teen / General Fiction
A ‘rock chick’ reaches the pinnacle of success but finds being loved by someone whom she doesn’t love back is a constant irritation.
I started my own band in ’94 when I was sixteen. I’d tried out with a couple of other bands but they said I didn’t fit, which, in my mind, was a positive thing. I’m Eva Taylor, Evo to my friends. As it was my band, I got to name it. Try as I did to think of something catchy, I got nowhere. Then I remembered in year eight some nerdy rich kid spitefully asked me if I was a ‘Bespoke Taylor’. I had no idea what he meant but my gran told me it was an expression used for tailors who made made-to-measure suits for their gentlemen clients. I worried it might be too old fashioned but I did like the name so I looked him up and told him I intended to use it.
Feet – Sydney Drinkwater
600 word Teen Fiction
Alan’s day at the beach takes a scary turn when he runs into a boy who is not what he seems.
Alan faced the ocean. A huge wave crashed and he waited. At the exact right moment he skipped forward and jumped. His board bobbed and slid across the water. He was flying over the world. His foot scraped against something sharp. He yanked his leg up and toppled over into the water.
Fern in the Forest – Anita Louise Jay
1700 words Children 8 – 12 years
“Returning home after visiting her friend, Zoe meets a very strange girl in the forest. What is she doing there? Why is she so unsuitably dressed for an autumn evening? What is the mystery surrounding the girl?”
Zoe stepped off the road and made her way towards the trees. Her mother would certainly not approve of her decision to take a short-cut through the forest, but she was running late for dinner and did not want to keep her family waiting. Her father, a doctor, was a stickler for punctuality. She wished he was more easy-going like Lindy’s dad. She was returning from the farm where her closest friend lived with her crazy family. There was always something exciting happening there; new furry four-legged arrivals, dogs to play with, horses to ride, Lindy’s brothers inventing adventurous exploits. Today there had been a basket of three week old kittens to cuddle; a new mare to ride, jumping over the temporary fences constructed by the boys; then delicious bread hot from the oven for lunch.
Glowing Dim as an Ember – Iyana Jenna
2750 words Young Adults
14 year-old Etienne keeps getting flashes of someone else’s memories. Dancing bears and painted wings are not exactly the things he meets every day especially since he is just a homeless boy living on the cold streets of Paris.
Denmark, 1840 At first he thought he heard it from afar, the roar of a gun blaring, a voice screaming. Or perhaps it was a dream. But someone was pounding at the door, and he leaped out of bed. Feet entangled in the blankets, he nearly toppled face first onto the floor when a pair of hands caught him and he gasped, panicked. “You have to go. You have to go!” “Mama?” His mother grabbed his boots and pulled them onto his feet, then snatched up his coat and put it on him; she pushed him urgently toward the window.
Human Scooping Morning – Talia Haven
3200 words Fantasy / Teen Fiction
When Ama’s cousin Kerr invites her on a hunting trip she gets to capture something she as only seen alive at a zoo.
Kerr heard it first. The distant sound of a blacksmith’s hammer as it beat out a steady rhythm of metal on metal CLING, cling…CLING cling. My ponytail was already pulled through the half-moon closure of my cap. I was more concerned with tucking stray stands of brown hair up under the rim than with being quiet as I lagged behind. Annoyed by the snaps and crunches that came from every stick and dried leaf I stepped on, my cousin Kerr motioned for me to be still. “You need to be quieter.” He hissed. He knelt down beside me, adjusted his empty game pouch across his shoulders. Its camouflage bottom almost touched the ground.
iWild – Daniel Miller
3900 words Teen Adventure
Full of reality TV and video game dreams, a young boy treks alone into the wilderness in search of adventure. If he can make it out alive, he’ll discover that real life is both more dangerous and more exciting than he ever imagined.
Losing Control – V. A. Warner
5250 words Fantasy / Horror
Adria has a secret. It’s something she’s disgusted with and would do anything to stop her fellow Vampire Hunters from finding out. But slowly, she starts to lose control of herself and dreads to thinks what she could do.
It hadn’t taken Adria nearly as long as she’d expected to find this one. There had been no effort to cover its tracks, so all she had to do was follow the trace that the vampire had left in its wake. Two hours after she’d started, she was standing outside the abandoned bungalow that it had taken refuge in. She circled the old building with only the light of the moon to guide her. She didn’t have to worry about the public. She was in the middle of a field with the glow of the town only visible on the distant horizon.
Love in the Old Melbourne Gaol – Catherine McArdle
2000 word Teen / Romance
Stumbling into a darkened prison cell to be confronted by a stranger with a knife is not Maddie’s idea of a perfect Australian vacation. But all is not as it seems.
As Maddie slogged up the city street towards The Old Melbourne Gaol, she wished she had never come to Australia. Hot wind rushed past and tugged at her long hair, and she reached up to twist the knot tighter at the back of her head. Bored with small town life in the foothills of the Adirondacks, dreaming of kangaroos and idyllic afternoons on sunlit beaches, she’d jumped at the chance to spend a semester on the other side of the world.
Make a Wish – Edward Ahern
2100 words Children 7+ / Feel Good Fiction / Fairytale / Ghost story
This is a ghostly tale of George and Anaea,two schoolchildren who encounter the spirit of a dead woman teacher. They discover that her spirit is trapped in the schoolhouse because of her love for a still living teacher, and cleverly reunite the spirit with the man who still loves her.
Once, not long ago at all, a fourth grade boy and girl were kept after school. George, named for his father and grandfather, and Anaea, named for a butterfly, fidgeted at their desks. Anaea’s nickname was Nea. George had no nickname except for the secret one that Nea called him. Mr. Kuhne, their teacher, was usually kind to them. But they had helped each other during a quiz, and he really had no choice. He was sitting in front of them, typing on his lap top computer, when the principal’s office paged him and he stepped out of the classroom.
Meeting Sir Michael – Roger Noons
1150 words Teen / Feel Good
A teenager receives an interview/audition with a piano virtuoso, an unusual character, but having an agreeable outcome.
I stepped through a small wooden doorway onto a winding path, leading through an archway into the silent courtyard of a Georgian mansion. I clutched my letter of introduction in my right hand. In my left, I tightly gripped my music case; the grasp so tense that I felt the cramps in my forearm. I paused before the ornate door, searching for a bell or a knocker. As I began to panic, the door opened inwards. “Master Williams?” I nodded. “Please come in, sir, you are most welcome. The maestro is waiting.” I entered and the door closed behind me.