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Flash Fiction Friday: Morgen’s Life in the Old Dog

The first story in my 5pm Fictions collection is ‘Life in the Old Dog’. I was asked recently to read one of my short pieces (plenty of choice – there are 250 in this collection alone!) to the members of one of the local theatres, Moulton Theatre. A friend had read this recently as practice for being a voice over artist (he has a great voice) so I chose this one. I hope you like it…

Life in the Old Dog

Condoms. Why are there condoms in your handbag? You look at the outside again to make sure it’s your bag. You knew it was when you opened it and the rest of the contents are yours, but these certainly aren’t.

Your mind races for clues. The only other person to go near the bag was Albert and he’d have no use for condoms. As far as you’re aware he’s never cheated on you and anyway, he’s so short-sighted and deaf he’d never notice or hear if anyone was… what’s the phrase the youngsters use today?… ‘hitting on’ him.

You’re always so fastidious about leaving your bag unattended, ever since being cautioned at the airport when Albert took you to Paris for your fortieth wedding anniversary. Not cautioned, he’d say, warned, but it felt like they were the police, with their uniforms and polished shoes.

Today, the only time you went out was to go to the supermarket then the garage for petrol. You’d filled the trolley while Albert sat in the café then you’d filled the car with unleaded while he queued to pay. Then he’d thrown the receipt and some chocolate in your bag. The chocolate you’d picked out when you’d got home, put it to one side on top of the washing machine while he parked the car, and that’s when you’d found the condoms.

The receipt, you remember, will explain all. Petrol… chocolate… condoms. So it was Albert. You look up to the ceiling to avoid the tears you know you want to cry, but you won’t give him the satisfaction. You know he’s not bought them for you, you stopped having babies years ago, so if they’re not for you…

The threat of tears turns to welling anger, and you have your arms crossed when he walks into the kitchen from the garage.

He looks at the contents on top of the washing machine and smiles. “Great. Fancy some?”

You frown so he continues. “Chocolate? It’s Fruit & Nut, your favourite.”

“And these?” you ask, holding up the packet of condoms.

“I know,” he says. “I’ve tried giving up. I didn’t think you’d mind if I only got a pack of ten.”

“Ten?”

“I’ll make them last. I chose a different brand to normal.”

“Normal!”

“These are supposed to be better for you.”

You’re about to throw them at him when he continues. “Low tar.”

“What?”

“Cigarettes. I shouldn’t, I know.”

“These aren’t cigarettes, Albert!”

“Aren’t they?”

“No, Albert. These are condoms.”

“They are? Why did she give me condoms?”

You burst out laughing at his pained expression, like the little boy you remember from school.

Albert winks, takes your hand and leads you upstairs.

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Posted by on July 7, 2017 in ebooks, short stories, writing

 

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Story A Day May 2017 – Day 30: Hansel & Gretel

Having failed miserably (too much client editing so not complaining) to do Camp NaNoWriMo this year but wanting to do more writing, I decided within ten seconds of receiving the first of thirty-one emails from Brit Julie (who lives in America but times her emails for us here in Blighty) to do Story A Day May this year. I’d done my first back in 2011 then again in 2012 and finally in 2013, with almost a year’s worth of ‘Fifty 5pm Fictions’ Collections in between.

Unlike all the other stories I’ve mentioned, I’m not going to post them on this blog, sorry about that because I need a stock of short stories to submit to competitions or magazines. The pressure’s then off for me to do one a day, on the day, although I’ll try.

I will let you know how I’m getting on though, and I’ll be posting the prompts, so hope you’ll forgive me but if you want to send me the stories you write (no payment, sorry!), then feel free!

So here we are on Day 30 and if you’d like to join in, today’s prompt is:

You can find the original details at http://storyaday.org/20170530-hansel.

How I’m getting on…

Erm. I started day one but nothing thereafter as I’m doing client (paying) work during the week. I was hoping to catch up the first two weekends but I was at a bookshop launch / client editing both weekends. I have however written all the plots for the stories so far (other than today’s) on the three Tuesday evenings (writing friends and I meet at our local Starbucks – yummy chai latté – every Tuesday night for a two-hour write-in) and I have all the plots done tonight then tomorrow’s tomorrow. Do let me know how you get on.

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Posted by on May 30, 2017 in ideas, short stories, writing

 

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Story A Day May 2017 – Day 29: Ugly Duckling

Having failed miserably (too much client editing so not complaining) to do Camp NaNoWriMo this year but wanting to do more writing, I decided within ten seconds of receiving the first of thirty-one emails from Brit Julie (who lives in America but times her emails for us here in Blighty) to do Story A Day May this year. I’d done my first back in 2011 then again in 2012 and finally in 2013, with almost a year’s worth of ‘Fifty 5pm Fictions’ Collections in between.

Unlike all the other stories I’ve mentioned, I’m not going to post them on this blog, sorry about that because I need a stock of short stories to submit to competitions or magazines. The pressure’s then off for me to do one a day, on the day, although I’ll try.

I will let you know how I’m getting on though, and I’ll be posting the prompts, so hope you’ll forgive me but if you want to send me the stories you write (no payment, sorry!), then feel free!

So here we are on Day 29 and if you’d like to join in, today’s prompt is:

You can find the original details at http://storyaday.org/20170529-duckling.

How I’m getting on…

Erm. I started day one but nothing thereafter as I’m doing client (paying) work during the week. I was hoping to catch up the first two weekends but I was at a bookshop launch / client editing both weekends. I have however written all the plots for the stories so far (other than today’s) on the three Tuesday evenings (writing friends and I meet at our local Starbucks – yummy chai latté – every Tuesday night for a two-hour write-in) and I plan to have all the plots done by the end of the month, if not to have written at least a handful of the stories by the end of the month, with the idea of spacing out my client editing better from now on, although being self employed, I never say “no” to paying work. Do let me know how you get on.

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Posted by on May 29, 2017 in ideas, short stories, writing

 

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Story A Day May 2017 – Day 28: A Cinderella Story

Having failed miserably (too much client editing so not complaining) to do Camp NaNoWriMo this year but wanting to do more writing, I decided within ten seconds of receiving the first of thirty-one emails from Brit Julie (who lives in America but times her emails for us here in Blighty) to do Story A Day May this year. I’d done my first back in 2011 then again in 2012 and finally in 2013, with almost a year’s worth of ‘Fifty 5pm Fictions’ Collections in between.

Unlike all the other stories I’ve mentioned, I’m not going to post them on this blog, sorry about that because I need a stock of short stories to submit to competitions or magazines. The pressure’s then off for me to do one a day, on the day, although I’ll try.

I will let you know how I’m getting on though, and I’ll be posting the prompts, so hope you’ll forgive me but if you want to send me the stories you write (no payment, sorry!), then feel free!

So here we are on Day 28 and if you’d like to join in, today’s prompt is:

You can find the original details at http://storyaday.org/20170528-cinderella.

How I’m getting on…

Erm. I started day one but nothing thereafter as I’m doing client (paying) work during the week. I was hoping to catch up the first two weekends but I was at a bookshop launch / client editing both weekends. I have however written all the plots for the stories so far (other than today’s) on the three Tuesday evenings (writing friends and I meet at our local Starbucks – yummy chai latté – every Tuesday night for a two-hour write-in) and I plan to have all the plots done by the end of the month, if not to have written at least a handful of the stories by the end of the month, with the idea of spacing out my client editing better from now on, although being self employed, I never say “no” to paying work. Do let me know how you get on.

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Posted by on May 28, 2017 in ideas, short stories, writing

 

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