Short Stories

Short Stories

Iced gems

On 6th April 2021

The letter from the school is a chastisement. Iced Gems are not considered a suitably nutritional element of a packed lunch. Too sugary. Empty calories. Please do better in future. I crumple the letter and toss it in the bin….

Short Stories

Cat filters and rainbows

On 26th March 2021

Stephanie wanted to believe there was light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, she was squinting into the distance for all she was worth. Her head ached from the effort of it. She wondered if it had been…

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Find a Rainbow Day

On 13th April 2020

When the UK lock down began in March 2020, flash fiction challenges sprung up all over the place. Here is a piece I wrote during an online session with a couple of writing friends. Find a Rainbow Day My best…

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Name it, keep it

On 31st January 2020

Would you like to know how Mary Ellen came to own all the snowdrops in the world? It was a gloriously sunny day in February. We were walking along the path that led into town. The one that went through…

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Artistic licence

On 12th October 2019

This short story was written in response to a writing prompt ‘The Signature’. The setting sprang from a recent holiday on the Fife coast. I’ve no idea how Terrance sprang from my imagination, but I hope you enjoy this little…

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A grand design

On 24th May 2019

This short story was written in response to the single word prompt of ‘Rome’ and the challenge to tell a tale in 1200 words. Hunting around for ideas I was surprised to discover Rome had its very own pyramid built…

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A bird in the bush is worth …

On 2nd November 2018

As I suspected the characters of Glenda and Teddy who introduced themselves to me in the short story ‘A very public inconvenience’ have taken on a life of their own. This story was also inspired by a story prompt: distinctive…

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A pen full of puppies

On 14th September 2018

Funny how things come together to create a story. Behind this short tale was a walk in France where I stumbled across a pack of dogs gathered in a pen in a remote farmyard, a sprinkle of Harry Potter style…

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Whispers of hope

On 20th April 2018

I visited Vilnius in Lithuania over the Easter weekend. The old town is crammed with churches of many different styles and affiliations. The main tourist drag is also home to a number of small market traders. This short story was…

Short Stories

A very public inconvenience

On 9th March 2018

This short piece of humorous fiction was written in response to a challenge to write 1000 words using the prompt ‘Desperate measures’ I suspect Glenda and Teddy may feature in other stories now they have burst into life.   A…

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