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 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.
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!”
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.
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.
In the Mangroves – Dorothy B. Williams
2500 words Teen / Crime
Two teenagers off to a seaside weekender, alarmed by noises in the night, unwittingly deepen the consequences of a crime.
Thanks to a flat tyre it was late at night when we got to our fishing shack by the bay. Moonlight made a path across the still water, and silvered the leaves of the mangroves. It gleamed on our tin roof, but below the trees round our house, the shadows were completely black. The only sound was the distant spooky hoot of a Powerful Owl. Even the frogs were silent. We stood for a while, watching the clouds glide slowly over the face of the moon. Then, as we took our bikes round the back to the shed, the silence was broken by the sound of a shot. We both jumped, then Colin shrugged.
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.
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.
Rachel’s Dippy Doolally Year – Jill Maughan
2100 words Children 9 – 12 years
Rachel is completely out of control! As a last resort she is sent to Mr. and Mrs. Jolly’s special farm, but even the Jolly’s soon admit defeat and Rachel is to be sent home. Then, on her last night, Rachel is woken by a cat – a talking cat …
Once Rachel had been a sweet child. Everyone said it. Almost as sweet as a gooey, marzipan cake. She’d even talked sweetly, in little bouncy lollopy sentences which often had polite, plump question marks on the end of them. “How are you today?” And “Isn’t this weather awful?” Yet by her tenth year, Rachel had turned quite revolting. More and more often she could be heard to spit out the most hostile, gobbledygook, codswallop. Here’s an example: Teacher: “Rachel, have you done the work I set you?” Rachel: “Yabooosucks YAKKA YAKKA!!!!!!” Poor Rachel’s family! This was no longer a pleasant kid to be related to.
Sidney Deller – Jacqui Pack
7000 words Teen / General Fiction
Downtrodden Sidney Deller lives with his step-mother and bullying step-brother, Bradley. He’d like new trainers, to go to the fair on the Common, and for his dad to come home. He’d also like to be noticed by the girl of his dreams, Hannah Prince. Sid doesn’t believe in magic, but he’s willing to give Cosmic Ordering a shot. You never know, right?
Dear Cosmos Things I would like 1 New trainers 2 Fewer spots 3 Muscles (six-pack if poss) 4 Better eyesight 5 Better glasses (if 4 not poss) 6 Less homework 7 Less of Bradley’s homework 8 Less of Bradley Sidney Deller didn’t believe in magic. At fourteen he was too old to be taken in by magicians, however good they might be. As far as he was concerned, magic tricks came down to sleight of hand and wearing clothes with long sleeves. Lots of trickery and zero magic. Cosmic Ordering seemed different though. At least, Sid hoped it was different. It certainly sounded different when Jordan explained it.
Smiley’s Secret – Joan Zambelli
950 words Christian
Despite living in an old run-down caravan and dressing shabbily, Smiley was always smiling – hence his nickname. He never seemed to have any worries either. People often wondered why he always carried a plastic shopping bag with him wherever he went, and what it contained. So how did Smiley strengthen my faith?
Everyone in the village had heard of Smiley. He was always shabbily dressed and down-at-heel, but, give him his due, he was always clean shaven. They had given him the nick-name, ‘Smiley’, because despite his apparently poor circumstances, he was always smiling. Smiley lived in an old caravan with his dog, Poppet, seemingly without a worry in the world. “Why should I worry about anything?” he would say. “My best friend will protect me.”
Spinning Jenny – Peter Lingard
1300 words Teen Romance
Two girls; two first kisses.
Bethany Butcher would come to our door, tell me about films playing at our local cinema, and ask if I wanted to go and see them with her. As she didn’t like westerns, I declined. Dad laughed. “That ‘eavyset girl ‘as ‘er sights set on you, son. I’d be careful if I were you.” Bethany was twelve and I was eleven and I couldn’t see how she’d set her sights on anyone. We were friends because we lived near each other. I thought Dad was overdoing his parental thing, but Mum totally confused me when she said, “Girls are two years older at your age.”
The Dance of Life – R. F. Marazas
2100 words Children 10-12 years
Sniff and Butch deal with a grandfather’s death in a unique way.
Sniff Berry’s mother refused to let him wear his new six guns to the wake. So with his impatient jiggling boy’s body he wandered sulking through the black-creped crowd of adults, sniffing in short rhythmic bursts like someone with a perpetually runny nose. Butch Arcade’s grandfather had given him the nickname, joking that it was perfect for a boy who could sniff out trouble better than any other boy in town. Now Butch Arcade’s grandfather was in a coffin.
The Face in the Mirror – Glyn Scott
2500 words Teen Fiction
Despite the tallness of his frame, Jason’s self-esteem is lower than a kerb stone. It doesn’t help that he has a pretty, confident little sister. He has reached sixteen without contact with girls but a chance encounter with a pretty new neighbour sends his whole existence into a spin.
Jason approached the mirror every morning from as many angles as possible. First he would walk past it taking a quick glance. Then he would reverse and try to look out of the side of his eyes at himself. Maybe he’d look better from a different angle. Then he would attack it from below, easing himself up like a flower breaking through the ground; more a weed in Jason’s mind.
The Nearly Boy – Alyson Faye
900 words Teen Fiction
A young teen lad, who is being bullied at school, with a difficult home life, finds his confidence and a new job using his parkour skills.
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Sam ran down the pavement, vaulted a bollard, lassoed a lamp post with his right arm and swung himself over the fence next to the school playground, landing crouched but balanced, on the tarmac. He was late as usual. It was impossible trying to get Millie up, give her breakfast, get her dressed, drop her at school and still be on time himself. Meanwhile their Mum lay in bed, too sad to get up since his Dad had left.
The Pigeon’s Revenge – Edoardo Albert
10,000 words Animal Story Age 7+
The pigeons of London discover a fiendish plot to drive them from the city. It’s left to the newly formed Pigeon Squadron, with some unlikely and unexpected allies, to beak up to the enemies and defend the skies.
The pigeon shook his head sadly. Poison was horrible. The rat was rolling around on the ground by the drains, holding his sides, his face contorted with pain. The pigeon shook his head again. But there was nothing he could do to ease the rat’s pain. And was that some bird seed over there? ‘Hey, mate, you read this?’ The pigeon looked around. It was the rat. But the rat did not seem to be dying horribly. In fact, he looked rather healthy and surprisingly cheerful for an animal that had been rolling on the ground, holdings its sides a moment before. ‘Read what?’ asked the pigeon.
Vampirical Domesticity – Peter Lingard
1000 words Humour
Vampire parents make plans to celebrate their anniversary.
Dragan Sangster smiled when he saw what his lover prepared for breakfast. “Blood sausage! I must be in your good books.” “You had to figure you would be today,” Jagoda replied. “It is our first anniversary and besides, I want to give you a healthy glow to start the day.” “Happy anniversary,” he whispered as he nuzzled her left ear, fondled her right buttock and watched her roll the sausages. “By way of celebration, I’ve purchased a bag of rice and I thought we might satisfy our arithomania tonight by counting the grains. What do you think?”
Wheelies – Peter Lingard
700 words Teen / Animal / General Fiction
A pet sees the world from inside his cage and wonders about it all.
Run, run, bloody run. I’m not sure what the word ‘bloody’ means but I’ve heard people use it with what seems like desperation, especially the middle-aged male who sometimes calls the middle-aged female a ‘bloody nag’. Isn’t a nag a horse? I’ve seen nags running on the television. Everybody cheers and shouts. How come they hardly notice me when I run in my wheel?
Youthful Enterprise – Roger Noons
3800 words Teen / Historical
Set in the 1950’s, we find out how a teenage boy is inspired to earn money so he can contribute towards the cost of a new bicycle.
“Colin’s got a new bike.” “Oh yes.” “It’s maroon, with dropped handlebars.” Rob’s mother looked him in the eye, her head on one side. “Has he had a birthday then?” “No, his Gran died and left his dad a lot of money.” “She always looked like she didn’t have two halfpennies to rub together.” “Well, she left over two hundred pounds. His dad’s had a new bike as well, and he’s going to extend his pigeon house.” “I think it’s called a loft, Rob.”