“They’ve Got a Kidney for Me, Mum” – Violet Apted

1000 words Feel Good Story

Many will understand the physical and emotional trauma of needing an organ transplant. In this story, of personal experience, I try to give an insight from the aspect of the recipient and close family.

From the insiduious beginning of pain and fatigue, the hopes and the fears. All tinged with the sorrow of knowing you could live only because another human being has lost their
life and another family is suffering loss. They are the heroes in this story.

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‘They’ve got a kidney for me, Mum!’ My Son Steve was almost shouting into the phone, he was so excited. My heart missed a beat, as I realised the enormity of his statement. This was the phone call we have all been waiting for. It had finally arrived. What now? “I’m on my way Steve.” I said replacing the receiver and grabbing the car keys in one movement. Then it happened!

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In the Name of the Law – Violet Apted

1625 words Mystery / Crime

Helen Long finds herself number one suspect in a murder case and in the hands of a sadistic police sergeant, who seems determined to prove her guilty by fair means or foul! Her fear and confusion intensifies when she is ‘reluctantly’ released and realises suspicion is now falling onto her sister Rose.

Helen and Rose know the killer and fear for their lives, Rose’s drug addiction makes it seem a hopeless task unless they find someone they can trust to prove their innocence.

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Sarah Long shivered, as she tried to grasp what was happening to her. She had been kept waiting in the interview room at the police station, for what seemed like hours. Now this detective was firing questions at her and accusing her of what? What did they think she was guilty of? Close to tears she tried to answer the questions, but did not understand why this man was using such bullying tactics and not even listening to her replies. Sarah could see he was shaking in anger and as he drew closer to her she jumped back away from him terrified.

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Monk and Jimbo – Violet Apted

1700 words Children 8 – 10 years

Monk and Jimbo had known each other all their lives and were more like brothers than friends. Walking down to the beach for their daily swim they decide to enter the ‘swim the channel’ event and try to win the big prize money on offer.

Splashing and laughing in the sea they are surprised when a fish talks to them and invites them to visit the magical undersea world. They find themselves able to breathe under-water and talk to the all the sea creatures. In this wonderful magical, fantasy story you will share their wonder and awe, as you experience the magic of their adventure.

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Being the eldest Monk was inclined to boss poor old Jimbo a little, but Jimbo didn’t really mind as he liked him a lot. They had been pals for a very long time now, and he knew Monk never meant anything by it. So when he said “I think you and I should swim the English Channel!” Jimbo went white with fright, and thought Monk had a brainstorm. “Mm m me, s swim the Channel,” he stuttered, “Oh Monk, I couldn’t.”

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Mutual Understanding – Violet Apted

1300 words Women’s Fiction

A frail and elderly couple and the ‘unintended selfishness’ of their family, creates a story many will empathise with: sadly it is more common than it should be. Unable to see any alternative Emma and Frank make a mutual agreement to ‘go out of this world’ together, rather than face ‘unknown’ demons that lie ahead.

There is a moral to this story, which is woven with love; understanding, mingled with a dash of hope. The reader will find a surprising twist at the ending.

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Emma and Frank sat in silence together, fingers lightly entwined, as they gazed at the panoramic view before them. They had travelled all over the world, but this was their favourite spot. Early rain had given new life to the landscape, giving a kaleidoscope of colour any artist would envy. There was always something new to see and today was no exception. Their car was parked as close as it could be to the edge of the cliff, as they ‘drank in’ the beauty, of what had always been their own special place. “It’s lovely isn’t it, John?” Emma snuggled up closer as she spoke.

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