Hay Fever and Other Allergies – Paul Jenner
2050 words General Fiction
David and Mary decide to go for a picnic on a lovely summer’s day to try to revive their marriage. Unfortunately due to David’s allergies things don’t go quite to plan.
It was a lovely summer’s day and so my wife and I decided to walk to our favourite picnic spot. We walked along the bank of a small stream which ran through a wood. The English countryside was so beautiful this time of year – dappled sunlight shone through the leaves and reflected in bright sparkles on the water. Multi-coloured dragonflies hovered amongst the reeds by the edge of the stream and water boatmen skimmed lightly over its calm surface. Mary and I walked hand-in-hand, something we had not done for many years. It was almost perfect.
The Knitting Club – Paul Jenner
1600 words Humour
Ethel, Doris and Marjorie are three pensioners who meet up once a week for a knit and a gossip. The happy trio’s friendship is tested when Ethel makes a dubious investment in smartphone apps…
“Who was that handsome young man I saw coming out of your house earlier today, Ethel?” asked Doris. “Oh, he was the most wonderful gentleman! He knocked on the door and said he had an exciting opportunity for me,” replied Ethel. Marjorie, Ethel and Doris were sitting round talking in Ethel’s cosy living room, with their knitting on their laps. Knitting Club, as they liked to call it, consisted of these three pensioners who met up once a week to knit, drink tea and gossip. The club had been going for about two years, ever since Ethel had moved into the same street as Marjorie and Doris.