Welcome to the one hundred and fiftieth 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 monologue prompt of ‘fortune’, so here is my 294-worder.
He’ll know what to do
They all warn me it’s my fortune he’s after but I won’t listen. He loves me, really he does. Besides, it’s mine to do with as I wish and with him being older than me… almost twice my age… he’ll know what to do with it.
He was my dad’s Bank Manager so he’s going to be good with money, isn’t he? Says he has some investments in mind but they’ll tie up my money for a few years, but that’s fine. What do I need it for? The house is all paid for, I have everything I need already. It’s not how I want it yet, it was mum’s taste, not mine, but Teddy likes it, so… Teddy’s my fiancé by the way, Edward Thomas. Doesn’t like me calling him Teddy so I don’t when he can hear me but it’s better than Edward or Eddie. Eddie’s common, like a binman and Edward is too stiff, but then he is a banker, takes things too seriously sometimes, has a sort of worried look but it’ll be alright once we get married.
Everything will be ok once the kids come along. Teddy says he doesn’t want any but I know he’ll change his mind. Besides the house is too big for just the two of us, and what am I going to do all day? But then I’m not going to look after them, we’ll get a nanny to do that, an old one like Mary Poppins or better still that Nanny McFee. Don’t want Eddie getting to like her too much.
He should be home shortly, says he’s going to take me out to dinner, got something important to tell me. I can’t wait! I hope it’s French, haven’t had snails in ages.
5pm Fiction now takes a break until the New Year because I’m starting my fifth NaNoWriMo tomorrow and then (or hopefully during) will be getting some other eBooks online in December.
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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.