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It was dark but for the stars twinkling above. Crouched behind a tree, her muscles were tight and she was ready to run. She clenched her teeth to stop them from...

By Riley J. Froud. She sits in their awkward silence, handbag on her lap and her shopping bags squashed down by her feet. He’d offered to open the boot for her,...

‘How hard can it be to write a novel?’ thought Joe as he walked through the town towards the Job Centre. Redundancy could be the best thing that ever happened to...

It’s play time.  The children dart around the sloped concrete playground, on which is painted the bright but worn lines of various sports pitches used for PE, layered over one another...

He had kept his mother alive in his thoughts.  Too alive, perhaps.  No, not perhaps, he thought.  Definitely.  She kept berating him. “Oi!” she cried.  “You be careful about what you...

The Curse of the Cheap Lipstick I was ready for my interview; arrived early, driven past company headquarters, found somewhere to park, checked my make up in the rear vision mirror,...

A Tale of Two Towns The couple winding their way down Glastonbury Tor were in colourful contrast to the middle aged couple, in their matching National Trust green anoraks, marching up...

Back in the day, there was a guy named Grunt who went wandering in the wilderness. Everyone assumed that he had gotten lost because he was such a prolific dumbass. When...

This time I was determined to get to the end of the book. Last time I was out by chapter three, without my name even being mentioned. Then there was the...

Farmer Giles farms sheep.  I mean farmed.  He farmed sheep.  And not very well, I might add, but he’d managed to keep a few of them alive until the night of...

Here is a seasonal tale taken from my collection of short stories and poems entitled JUST A MOMENT. Christmas baubles, the symbol of joy, peace, goodwill – or are they? The...

It started with a bumble bee and ended with the saving of a whale; thousands of signatures on the petition protesting to Sea Worlds in U.S.A. for keeping Killer Whales in...