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For some reason, his singleness drives his sister crazy. Even now, at forty-two, when the rest of his family and friends accept that he’s a bachelor for life, Brenda keeps trying to hook him up.
- Length: 12 pages
- Age Rating: 15
5 Stars
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“This is the one with the four suspects – all students of the watercolour artist who was found dead on the floor after teaching an art class.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: U
5 Stars
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They were in a shop together. It was Ryman in the Strand, opposite Superdrug. She had spent the day shopping in the West End. He had been at work. They hadn’t seen each other for more than twenty years.
- Length: 19 pages
- Age Rating: U
5 Stars
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In a forgotten corner of the city, at the end of a nondescript back alley, was a small health food shop. It had been there more than forty years and was once popular.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: U
5 Stars
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Bertie had heard of a place we could go, somewhere we could live in peace, safe from our winnings. I’m not sure it exists.
- Length: 13 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Once upon a time, in a small village snuggled into the side of a wooded valley, lived a candlemaker.
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: U
5 Stars
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My brother’s name is David. Our parents called him that because it means “beloved,” in case you didn’t know.
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Thomas stepped into the bar room. His clothes soaking, his hair flattened to his head. “There’s something out there,” he said. William turned with poker in hand, his brow furrowed. “What’s out there?” “I don’t know,” said Thomas.
- Length: 17 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Our college reunions were usually boisterous affairs, but this one was subdued. Subdued, that is until the cocktails soaked in.
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A final chink of light disappears behind me. The five steps up a narrow staircase lead me to a tiny, sacred space where showbiz magic is made.
- Length: 5 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Let me tell you about myself. My name is Donald Lally, and I am 18, and I like girls, but when I go out with one, there’s usually just the one date.
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Dolan’s first weeks as a correspondent hit him hard. Not the work, but the weirdness of it all. He kept thinking it was scripted somehow as if Vietnam in ’72 was written for him as a parade of absurdities Rod Serling would love..
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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While I was indulging in the ritual hand blowing that characterised my Christmas travels around the graveyard, I noticed a man who was by a grave which was two rows forward and three plots along from where I was.
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Fluttering into the air, she stretched stiffly and looked over the suburban garden. Her breath steamed in the air. “One more day,” she said brightly.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: U
5 Stars
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Meg went to the door and ran a finger over its surface and hinges coated in layers of thick paint, applied one over another for decades. The knob held firm. The lock stuck fast. This door hasn’t opened for years.
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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A game of Scrabble has serious consequences.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Crime, Humor
5 Stars
A semi-barbaric king devises a semi-barabaric (but entirely fair) method of criminal trial involving two doors, a beautiful lady and a very hungry tiger.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Fiction, Humor
5 Stars
Sandra performed her little charade in front of the mirror and morphed into the Gisela character on a whim. She had a small tickle of flirtatious laughter down pat.
- Length: 20 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre:
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Once upon a time, in a small village snuggled into the side of a wooded valley, lived a candlemaker.
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: U
- Genre: Children
5 Stars
Jack Scrimshaw. Born 22/05/1991. Collected over the course of 10 years at Dartmoor Prison and Correction facility. The following entries were deemed pertinent to these proceedings.
- Length: 17 pages
- Age Rating: 15
- Genre:
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Here in Saint Lizard, the one road starts on the cliff by the lighthouse and crawls in circles down to the sea. We have enough town to justify a strange-shaped road, but not enough to justify two roads.
- Length: 11 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Fiction
5 Stars
For the first time, Becca truly realised that grown-ups couldn’t see magic. Magic that nevertheless was very real, very powerful, and very frightening.
- Length: 10 pages
- Age Rating: U
- Genre: Children
5 Stars
Kendlemyre Hall is simply spectacular – I still can’t believe I get to live and work on an estate that has been here for hundreds of years.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: 15
- Genre: Horror
5 Stars
“We left the map behind,” said Annie as they were five hours away from Anstruther, pulling into their own driveway. “We need to go back.”
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: U
- Genre:
5 Stars
Nothing is as visceral as holding a handful of human ash. I resist the impulse to sift it between my fingers as I walk. Everyone, from the mourners to the pastor, are far away and yet too close.
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Genre: Fiction
5 Stars
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