Sunday short short story: A Figure To Die For by Morgen Bailey

Posted every Sunday, the following piece of flash fiction is from Morgen’s shorter short story collection, FLASHES,  available in e-book from Morgen’s online store where you not only get the best price but can either instantly download the collection or purchase the paperback dedicated to you or as a present! We hope you enjoy this story…

A Figure To Die For

“In or out?”

“Eh?”

“Are you coming in or going out?”

“Neither.”

“Then why are you standing there?”

“’cause I’m waiting for someone. Not that it’s any of your business.”

“I was only trying to be friendly. Holding the door open.”

“You needn’t have bothered.”

“I can see that now.”

“And…?”

I was just in the mood today for an argument, and it didn’t really matter how far I went or how near to my face his was, I wasn’t going to be wrong. I didn’t want to use any violence, and I didn’t think it would come to that, but I wasn’t going to take any abuse from a thug like him. Shaved head or otherwise.

He thrust his hands into his pockets. They didn’t look deep enough to hold anything dangerous.

I was on my way to a friend’s book launch so didn’t really have much time to spare but didn’t want to leave. But he was ignoring me and looking in the opposite direction. I followed his gaze and couldn’t believe who he was waiting for; a girl slightly older than him with an award-winning smile and a figure to die for.

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 28 Aug

Hello. Here are your prompts for this week.  As well as these sheets every Friday, the lovely author assistant/editor/lady Friday(!) Caroline Vincent (who pretties these sheets before they go live) will be posting Word Count Wednesdays so you can let us know how your writing’s been going over the previous week. I aim for 300 words a day which is an astounding 109,500 words a year and so, starting today, you could have that (or more) by this time next year!

These posts will still include the text versions together with explanations of any individual pictures so that anyone unable to see the picture and prompts will be able to read the text, or have to text read to them. It also means you can copy and paste the text should you wish to use it for your own writing.

Make of them what you will and let me know how you get on in the comments section below (or on FacebookTwitter). NB. just give us a summary unless you want to share the whole piece but if you post the actual writing, it’s deemed as published and you’ll be limiting where you can send it. So here goes…

  1. as they say farewell to pal
  2. Hawick Moorland Drive
  3. 8
  4. Mark Davies, 53, of Waypost Court stole bottles of spirits to the value of £87
  5. Unites States: bin lorry stowaway’s bare-faced cheek
  6. The Society of Authors
  7. that’s real
  8. quick
  9. blonde woman in front of a target board
  10. Sophie is a star with low profile
  11. winter sale
  12. cartoon of a psychiatrist and patient: “My wife has left me because of my obsession with glass.
  13. family affair for Tom

Word Count Wednesday

Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been away and then catching up so a zero word count this week. Next up is ‘Henry Goes to the BBQ’, the second in the Henry Short Stories series. Then back to two psychological standalones which I plan to submit to a publisher. It’ll be a few weeks off yet but I’ll let you know how I get on.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing wise, over the past seven days.

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Sunday short short story: Feeling Stupid by Morgen Bailey

Posted every Sunday, the following piece of flash fiction is from Morgen’s shorter short story collection, FLASHES,  available in e-book from Morgen’s online store where you not only get the best price but can either instantly download the collection or purchase the paperback dedicated to you or as a present! We hope you enjoy this story…

Feeling Stupid

“You’re as white as a sheet,” Mark says.

You do feel a little pale, devoid of energy. “I do feel a little… well, beat,” you reply.

“Beaten.”

“Oh yes,” you reply, feeling stupid.

“Your skin’s all…” he continues. “How do I put this nicely? Doughy.”

He’s made his point, you think, and wonder whether he’s hinting at you to go home. But he’s the boss, he could just say so. Tell you to your white doughy face.

“There’s something on your top,” you say, hoping to feel better by pointing out one of his flaws. You feel this to be the most innocent of a very long list.

He looks down at the speck and blushes, a dark contrast to your pale hue. “I’m trying a new shampoo,” he says and you realise now what the white speck is.

“Well, your hair looks very healthy for it,” you lie and want the ground to open and for your size 8s to take you down into the void.

You see a vein pop out on his neck and realise that it wasn’t blushing that was making his face go red. “Are you alright?” you ask but before he can reply he slumps to the floor.

Scraping your chair back, you crouch down beside him and put a hand above his mouth, palm down, to check for breathing. You’re relieved when your palm feels warm.

Having established that he’s conscious, you get up (even in his condition you don’t feel well enough to leap) and phone for an ambulance. Your office is near the hospital so it doesn’t take long.

By the time it arrives he’s sitting up and talking but he’s got a nasty rash on his neck.

“Hello!” the blonde paramedic beams, a little too jovial for your liking but apart from the rash, Mark doesn’t look particularly ill. “What seems to be the matter?”

If I knew that, you start to think, but then tell yourself off for being so mean.

“Oh dear,” the paramedic continues, “nasty rash you have there.”

Mark smiles at her, looking somewhat embarrassed.

“New shampoo?” she asks.

He nods.

You watch in silence as the couple gaze into each other’s eyes. If you didn’t feel queasy before then, you certainly do now.

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 21 Aug

Hello. Here are your prompts for this week.  As well as these sheets every Friday, the lovely author assistant/editor/lady Friday(!) Caroline Vincent (who pretties these sheets before they go live) will be posting Word Count Wednesdays so you can let us know how your writing’s been going over the previous week. I aim for 300 words a day which is an astounding 109,500 words a year and so, starting today, you could have that (or more) by this time next year!

These posts will still include the text versions together with explanations of any individual pictures so that anyone unable to see the picture and prompts will be able to read the text, or have to text read to them. It also means you can copy and paste the text should you wish to use it for your own writing.

Make of them what you will and let me know how you get on in the comments section below (or on FacebookTwitter). NB. just give us a summary unless you want to share the whole piece but if you post the actual writing, it’s deemed as published and you’ll be limiting where you can send it. So here goes…

  1. Foraging for fun
  2. puzzle fun
  3. singing lessons for mother-in-law
  4. October 24, Raul Julia with picture / biography of the Addams Family actor
  5. He reminded her of a scarecrow…
  6. Safari so good
  7. cartoon of a walking world with ‘keep on turnin”
  8. Lilac – this flower has enjoyed a reputation for bad luck, but this is because white flowers were supposedly funerary flowers, while lilac itself was a fairy flower. Avoid misunderstanding by using the mauve variety.
  9. This movie’s a real work of art
  10. Leo (July 24-Aug 23) Planetry influences warn you to be wary of making major purchases.
  11. competition

Word Count Wednesday

It’s my birthday today – and I’m celebrating on the south coast. Had a seaside fish and chips last night… lovely.

It’s also Wednesday which means it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been working to get my Writer’s Block Workbook 5 published and an omnibus for the first four books in the series. As it happens, all five books are NOW in one deal on Amazon.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing-wise, over the past seven days.

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Sunday short short story: Valentine’s Day by Morgen Bailey

Posted every Sunday, the following piece of flash fiction is from Morgen’s shorter short story collection, FLASHES,  available in e-book from Morgen’s online store where you not only get the best price but can either instantly download the collection or purchase the paperback dedicated to you or as a present! We hope you enjoy this story…

Valentine’s Day

Fred pulled at the zip but it was stuck fast. “Darned thing!”

“Do you need any help in there, sir?” the female shop assistant asked.

“Er, no, I’m fine, thank you,” Fred replied feebly.

“Well, if you need me, please shout.”

Shouting was the last thing he felt like doing. He looked in the mirror and his heart sank. How had he come to be in this position? He knew how much this outfit meant. If only he couldn’t get out of the damn thing.

He tried again at the zip but the end flew off and hit the mirror.

“No!” he wailed as he realised he’d have to spend the rest of the day in this red and black basque.

He pulled off the tag so the assistant could scan it at the till, then as he put his business suit back on over it, he vowed never to shop for underwear for his wife again.

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Fiction Fodder Fridays – Fri 14 Aug

Hello. Here are your prompts for this week.  As well as these sheets every Friday, the lovely author assistant/editor/lady Friday(!) Caroline Vincent (who pretties these sheets before they go live) will be posting Word Count Wednesdays so you can let us know how your writing’s been going over the previous week. I aim for 300 words a day which is an astounding 109,500 words a year and so, starting today, you could have that (or more) by this time next year!

These posts will still include the text versions together with explanations of any individual pictures so that anyone unable to see the picture and prompts will be able to read the text, or have to text read to them. It also means you can copy and paste the text should you wish to use it for your own writing.

Make of them what you will and let me know how you get on in the comments section below (or on FacebookTwitter). NB. just give us a summary unless you want to share the whole piece but if you post the actual writing, it’s deemed as published and you’ll be limiting where you can send it. So here goes…

  1. Take five
  2. March 16th: Daniel Adediwura of Booth Meadow Court
  3. illustration of steam rising from a coffee cup (all black)
  4. Elbows: banging your elbow was a lucky sign in days past: perhaps because it touches your funny bone!
  5. cruise offer
  6. cartoon of Sceptics Society with a man and two trays of paper: one ‘in’ the other ‘doubt’
  7. March 9, Fernando Rey with photo / biography of the Spanish actor
  8. Libra – your personality makes you popular.
  9. Fortnum and Mason – Paradise Found
  10. NQ
  11. She’d/he’d turned the thing over…
  12. tips on success
  13. change

Word Count Wednesday

Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’m delighted to report that I’ve finished the fifth workbook, another 1,095 sentence starts and 52 tips and it’ll go live on Amazon (elsewhere to follow) this week! I’m not sure of my exact word count but the whole book is just over 15,000 words so I’ve probably done half of that in the past week.

Next up is ‘Henry Goes to the Barbecue’, the second in the Henry Short Stories series, then back to my psychological novel work in progress.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing wise, over the past seven days.

For more information About Me as an Author, Mentor, Speaker and my Fiction, Non-fiction, and you can sign up to my Newsletter.