Friday, 30 November 2012

In The Bleak Midwinter

In The Bleak Midwinter

He peers directly toward me, eyes watering in the icy wind. He can’t see me of course; no one can.

Shaking his head, he turns for home, tightly clutching the charity bag; protecting its precious contents.

He had the feeling. They all get it. Nothing I can do, just complete the job. I quicken my pace, closing with him, footsteps crunching on the newly gritted paving.

I reach out and touch his shoulder lightly, tenderly. He shudders and drops like a shot pheasant.

The bag bursts, toys decorating the street.

 He drifts towards the blinding bright light.

I hate Christmas.

100 Words

This story was written for the Friday Fictioneer challenge from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The Borrowers


The Borrowers

I tracked them carefully through the darkened house.   

They almost escaped; but tequila has a way of smoothing out all unreality. So when they shimmered and turned into the painting, my befuddled mind recalled the contents of half forgotten bedside tales and fixed my eyes on the point.

There! Resting my head against the canvas I saw them. They had stolen from me again. Enough! Deal with them. Grandma taught me how.

I transformed myself and entered the scene with them.

They looked up, scattering frantically as the shadow of my chosen avatar fell across them.

 “Nevermore!” I cawed angrily.

100 Words

This was my entry to Angela's Triple Visual Dare #4

Friday, 2 November 2012

'Zombie Run' Contest Winner!!!

I returned from a great holiday in Turkey to some great news.

 My story 'Hand of Gory' had become a winner!

Lisa McCourt Hollar hosted a flash fiction contest (Zombie Run) to mark the launch of her new book 'Undead Ahead', co-written with her husband Jeffrey Hollar.

Lisa had judged my story the winner of the contest.

I was delighted and a little surprised as there were some great stories there.

Be sure to check out the writing of these two talented flash fiction writers.

They also host weekly flash fiction challenges. These are well worth entering, or even just reading to check out the high standard of stories posted.

Back from holiday into a new job, so my posts and other flash fiction may be a bit more intermittent, but I'll still enter whenever I can (time zones permitting!).