Welcome to the eighty-fourth in this daily series that is ‘5pm Fiction’.
Late April 2011 I discovered http://StoryADay.org and the project that is to write 31 stories in 31 days. Anyone who knows me or follows this blog, knows how passionate I am about short stories so my clichéd eyes lit up at this new marvel. And just a few days later there I was, breathing life into new characters. This went on to become (with some editing of course) my 31-story collection eBook Story A Day May 2011.
I was nearing completion of the 2012 project when I decided that I didn’t want to stop at the end of May so 5PM Fiction was born. I put a load of prompts on the 5PM Fiction page and today’s was to write a story about a failed relationship, so here is my 187-worder.
“What’s the matter?”
“Jim’s dumped me again.”
“That’s got to be the… fifth time?”
“I think so.”
“Well, you can’t take him back even if he crawls…”
“But I love him.”
“I know, but I can’t help it.”
“You’re a doormat.”
“You are, you know you are… and just before your birthday. Last time it was Christmas.”
“With his birthday in between. Cheapskate.”
“I told you you’d been too generous.”
“But he said we’d be together for ever.”
“No ring or proposal though was there.”
“Plenty more fish in the…”
“Just look around. What about him?”
“Nice eyes though.”
“Look at his teeth…”
“Fair point. What about him?”
“It’s a limp, that’s all.”
“Bet that’s not all that’s limp!”
“Ruth Anne Murdoch!”
“Josephine Marie Willis!”
“So what are you going to do for your birthday now Jim’s not taking you anywhere?”
“What to come?”
“Love to. Bus?”
“Thought I’d treat myself.”
“That’s my girl.”
“Well, you’re only 80 once.”
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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are fortnightly episodes, usually released on Sundays, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.