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Feeding The Father (monologue)

Feeding the Father is a 658-word competition-shortlisted first-person monologue from forthcoming anthology ‘It’s all about me’.

Inspired by true events, this short story follows a poignant turning point in a man’s life. Whilst we see the action through his eyes, the reader soon learns that his circumstances are not as simple as he believes them to be. It starts like this…

“There we go Dad,” I say, putting down the bowl of jelly.

Dad don’t say much these days. In fact we ain’t spoken for weeks. He just stares at the TV. ’Neighbours’ coming up…his favourite.I don’t mind doing everything. He and mum looked after me for years so now it’s my turn but sometimes it gets a bit lonely, just talking to myself.

Dad looks smart today. I put him in his favourite jumper, the blue one. I can’t change his trousers as he’s too heavy but it don’t matter as he don’t go nowhere. I must get him some more aftershave as he don’t smell too good.

Read more by viewing or downloading the story for free at Smashwords. Reviews received to-date:

  • 4* on Smashwords: “It is a somewhat sad, yet enjoyable, little tale that leaves you thinking about the importance of the roles we play in each other’s lives. Even if you only have 10-15 minutes to read, that should be enough to make downloading this worthwhile. What takes so little time to read, may direct your thoughts for hours.”
  • 5* on Smashwords: “A very short story with a very big impact. Well written, thought provoking tale that will stay in your mind for a long time.”
  • 4* on Goodreads: “Feeding the Father is the free short monologue prepared by Morgen Bailey. It is a somewhat sad, yet enjoyable, little tale that leaves you thinking about the importance of the roles we play in each other’s lives. Even if you only have 10-15 minutes to read, that should be enough to make downloading this worthwhile. What takes so little time to read, may direct your thoughts for hours.”
  • 1* on Goodreads: “glad all of these short stories by morgen bailey have been free, i surely would have gone back and requested my money back. this one made me decide to not read any more written by morgen bailey.” (despite having loved April’s Fool!) :)
  • 1* on Goodreads: “All I can say is I’m glad this was a free book.”
  • direct email: “I read your story, and liked it a lot. I even tried practicing it because I was looking at it for a forensics piece next season. It turned out too short, but I still like it anyways … awesomeness! Thanks for sharing.”
  • 4* on Smashwords: “A rather poignant read, but sadly it’s what happens in real life. As with other pieces that she has written, Morgen has the ability to turn a story with few words, and to make it meaningful. I can’t wait for the full anthology!”
  • 5* on iTunes: “Awesome. It’s a VERY quick, to-the-point story. Very interesting.”
  • via email May 2013: “I like the story so much its simplicity and childish reaction of the old age gives it some thing of oriental flavour.”

A real mixture there but I’m happy that people are reading my writing and feel strongly enough to comment. :)

‘Feeding the Father’ was also picked up by The Story Department.

Short stories are my favourite format to write and read so there will be many more to come, either individually as freebies or $1.49 anthologies (as the ‘Story A Day May (stories)‘ and ‘Story A Day May (challenge)‘ are) as well as the occasional novella or three. :)
 

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