Signs of Deceit

Writing by Ailbhe

cory-bouthilletteThe 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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Signs of Deceit

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 heat from the spot lights on her forehead … Continue reading Signs of Deceit

Walking Shadow

Have a coffee, want to read a quick short story? Read on …

Writing by Ailbhe

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‘Dan, you should do the whole De Niro thing on this one?’ she pours two coffees that emit little silver spirals of steam. The brown rich aroma fills the whole room. ‘I mean it is Shakespeare!’

‘How do you mean, the whole De Niro thing?’ he tightens his dressing gown. Bea hates that damn dressing gown.

‘Well,’ she took a gulp of coffee, brought the two cups to the breakfast table, ‘I mean method. Go for method acting. Drive out to the heath, bring the dagger, wear the cloak. The whole shebang. Really let your voice roar out across the misty moors. Be Macbeth.’

‘Hmmm, I could actually do that, couldn’t I?’

She rubs her hands as if washing them in invisible water, ‘You really could. It would help you get into the character’s skin. This is the role you’ve been waiting for, it’ll make you?’

He grabs toast from…

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Man Booker festival: Peter Carey, Kazuo Ishiguro and Hilary Mantel via The Guardian

‘Once-in-a-lifetime’ gathering of winners in London in July will include rare joint appearance from mother-daughter honorees Anita and Kiran DesaiFrom Hilary Mantel to Kazuo Ishiguro, 15 past winners of the Man Booker prize will be uniting for the first time to take part in a festival this summer to mark 50 years of the prestigious… via … Continue reading Man Booker festival: Peter Carey, Kazuo Ishiguro and Hilary Mantel via The Guardian