It’s Christmas Eve. There’s a wintery bite about it, and it’s looking like a damp Christmas tomorrow. That thought grips Anna’s heart with pinched bramble fingers. The dread on top of realisation that she’s found herself here. That she’s stuck, where dreams don’t come true and her feet are always cold. The words from a … Continue reading The girl who came in from the cold – a Christmas story
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‘Joey needs more Calpol, lovey. Could you go get some in the chemist? Please, like?’ She spoons mashed carrot into the baby’s gob as he insists on spitting it at her and smearing the residue on the table top. He's cranky and it helps her get rid of Trevor for an hour so she can … Continue reading Katy’s road
Beaming light finger columns draw and glow Across her brow to pull her secret hold. A casket in her heart lies cold and low Piqued with worry, wonder, fright to unfold. Blocking shadowed black scares behind her back; Cowering thoughts of running, Unmoving, thoughts of staying. Outcomes flood thoughts. Drowning. She sees her track. … Continue reading Secrets
She remembered well the night in the college bar when some drunken boy called her Debbie. She was indignant, 'I'm not a Debbie!' and stalked off a little wobbly on her heels. That comes back to her now with a smug sense of irony as she fills in the hotel room form. Signature: Debbie … Continue reading New beginnings start here
‘The woman was literally walking into the sea! Deeper and deeper. I couldn't believe it, Tom.’ Tom peeks over his broadsheet, ‘What was wrong with her?’ ‘I'll get to that. I was running along the length of the beach. The tide was on the way in,’ her tagliatelle is going cold in front of her … Continue reading Can money buy happiness?
‘Are you not hearing me?’ his voice pushed through in a whisper-shout, with as much muster as he dared without raising his voice. This brightens Amber’s face and her day equally. Jack Murray is one member of the law enforcement team who is never under pressure; it's a nice change to hear him rattled. In the five years … Continue reading Leave a message after the tone – a murder mystery
One of my book club’s chosen reads for April was Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett, and this was a book I had been looking forward to reading for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I really enjoyed Laura Barnett’s debut novel, The Versions Of Us, and secondly, I was intrigued by the concept of this book, […] … Continue reading Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett — the owl on the bookshelf
I hold the kitten close to my chest and hug her feeling her little whiskers against my skin. She is so tiny with comfortingly warm silky fur. The tickles make me love her all the more and feel responsible for another living creature. It all feels the opposite of the warm sting of sunburn heating a prickling … Continue reading All the possibilities – a short story
The thought of being early for lunch with Jen is a thorn in Amber’s side that hurts like a fall from a bike onto salted barbed wire. She can’t do it. She circles the block one more time. Fashionably late would work.
Stepping into the mutely lit restaurant, she feels the heat of the spot lights on her forehead and her cheeks roast when she passes the cordoned off kitchen with tongues of culinary flames spitting from large pans. She catches Jen’s eye and gets a beautiful wave and a glossy smile. That’s a relief.
Amber tosses her keys on the table with her phone face down, slings her handbag over the arm of the chair and sits. She wishes she had buttoned another few buttons of her blouse and had worn jeans. Everything blurs except for Jen’s face.
‘Hey, what time did you get home last night? I was shot,’ she busies herself pouring water into the…
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