Category: Short Stories

Quarter Turkish

Written 2020 I’m quarter Turkish but I went to Eton. There is something strange about being a quarter something. You go to the country and it’s like going home, even though, in truth I’m as English as tea. I always knew my grandad was different. He never became 100% English really. I guess the influence…

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The Tower

Written 2020 From the window I can see the blinking lights of the Canary Wharf tower. Leaving the curtains open has become a habit, or simply laziness. The blocks of flats frame the view of the tower. All their curtains are closed. I’m not sure when I last saw a human. Oh, there was that…

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Stage 2030 Covid

Written 2020 “It’s quite simple,” said Karen. “I’m going to be terminated.” “But you’re still of use to society, surely?” replied Simon. “I don’t know, since they changed the rules again, and they found things in my past.” Simon nodded. He knew the rules had been changing rapidly since the stage 2030 Covid. His own…

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Keep Us Safe

Written 2020 I remember the world before the virus. Long before the smart cites, long before I lived in this box. It’s lucky I live in my own head now, though I’m not sure how the DNA/RNA vaccine has affected my thoughts. There’s the chip implants that track my movements and record my vaccines. I…

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Albert and Perky

Written 2020 He put the book down and turned to his model railway. Pictures of locos were stuck to the wall around it. Feeling for the control box from his bed, he turned the knob and a train started to make its way around the layout. Perky the cat jumped up and batted at it…

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A woman and her children

Written 2020 Carol followed the back alley quickly. She thought no one had seen her when she crossed the main road. She knew the back ways in the town very well, but there were new things to worry about these days. There had been Covid Martials back at the crossroads, but she thought she had…

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180 Years Old

Written 2020 There is a biting wind coming across the salt-water loch. The waves are up and the smell of the brine and seaweed is strong. Snow-capped mountains frame the far side of the water. They rise fairly sheer from the shore. A train is making its way nosily just clear of the water where…

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Bert

Written 2015. Based on research into the Dockland’s bombings.   5 June 1944 – the night before D-day   The massive shed at the Royal Albert Dock was a chaos of war materials. Bert looked across the open sided shed full of tanks, jeeps, trucks, shells and guns towards the dock which was full of…

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Cold Coffee

Written 2015 Gladys sat down on the sofa with her shopping bags all around her. “Bloody cold out there,” she said. “That it is mum,” said Beryl. “At least we got the fancy dress.” “Yes. Do you want a coffee?” “Yes dear.” Beryl walked away. Gladys took off her woolly hat and fussed through the…

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