THE GUARDIANS OF THE RAINBOW

  In 2008, I entered a competition for short story writing in which the story had to conclude with the following line: “The guardians of the rainbow don’t like those who get in the way of the sun”.  The story also had to use the above image.   I won the competition, here is my entry:…

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SIDE VIEW’S WEEKEND THEME: FLASH/BANG

“The bloke is perfect, a dead ringer.  The girl is too short, work on the height of her heels and she’ll pass muster.” The dresser obeyed and the couple was sent down, through the Ritz’s foyer, to the waiting car. Mohamed Al-Fayed lifted the phone; “It’s time” were the only words he uttered. All eyes…

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DESMOND’S WINDOWS – REPOST

I’ve spent my lifetime looking through windows. Right now, as the van turns down into the road approaching my stop near the university; I am struck by this fact. Oh, of course I have no recollection of being in the incubator; my memory is of my grandmother’s telling me about it. How she peered in at me…

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CHRISTMAS DAY, REPOSTED FICTION

This is an extract from “The perfect choice and other stories” published by Macmillan. ISBN 978 1 77030 732 2   You’ll end up working at Jimmy The Greek’s bloody shop with a bastard to take care of; you’ll be known as the town slut! Even now, the taste of beetroot and gammon together sends…

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THE OPPORTUNIST, REPOST

SCENE 1 For Chrissakes, Beryl!  They’re not our kind; he’s a bloody truck driver!   Well, Claire has chosen to spend her life with his son; live with it already.  Beyond meeting them at the engagement party and the wedding, we need never see them again.  Here, give me a hand, I can’t reach.  She…

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TREES THEME

Side View’s challenge this week is ‘Trees’.  http://viewfromtheside.wordpress.com/   I played with this, could be an outline for a future poem.  At the moment I am stuck with it and can’t do much … Pushing the tender, young branch aside to make his way out from under its cover, he went out into the world…

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FRIDAY FLASH 55 : WASTED MEHNDI

Fifteen years she waited, betrothed, for this day. The aunts started before daybreak, using the special spices, saved all this time; bought with money squirreled away, when it could be. They painted her hands, a most sacred women’s ritual. She sat there patiently. The sun set, the moon rose. He never came. Oh, the shame!…

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FRIDAY FLASH 55: SECOND BEST

Mom should leave him; he’d like me better if I was far away; like my half-sister is. I got first prize in the art competition. He said Your sister got a distinction in Maths. Mom replied For God’s sake shut up! My stomach hurts today; Teacher’s chosen me to play the piano on the stage. INSPIRATION:…

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SIDE VIEW’S WEEKEND THEME : ELEPHANTS : FRIDAY FLASH 55

“Miz Scarlett, that bourbon ain’t gone do you no good; you pourin’ two glasses every time, uh uh! Bin tellin’ you over a month now, he ain’t never comin’ back, your own fault. No amount of licker goin’ to drown the elephant in this room.” Scarlett shuts her eyes and wishes Mammy would shut up….

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GUEST BLOGGER : UPHILL WRITING

If you’ve read UhW for any length of time you may recall me going on and on (…and on) about the nature of evil. I have said that most of what we call evil is really something else. What, you ask? Mostly it is carelessness. Mindlessness. Actions with unintentioned results. Many people disagree with me….

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