Deck Chair

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The woman sat on the deck chair looking out to sea imagining a far-off ship going to the tropics. There it would find the warmth she had never experienced. She enjoyed a good life in a material sense at least. In personal relationships, she had been less fortunate. And so, she could buy a gift for anyone but had no one to give it.

 

A child ran across the beach carrying an inflatable ball. Something attracted the youngster to the woman. So, she threw the ball towards her. Affronted by the girl’s forwardness, she was tempted to retreat into her book with a glower. Instead, the woman sent the ball through the air and into grateful hands. For a minute, they amused each other as they played out a game. Then the girl gave a shy smile and ran off to somewhere unknown.

Brightened, the woman looked around and saw couples, families, and groups enjoying shared companionship. She should have felt excluded but somehow, she had reconnected with the human race. That was enough.

 

 The ship upon a grey ocean sailed on into the sunshine.

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The Moon Followed Me

Great short story – does it bring back memories?

R. A. Douglas

When I was a little girl, my grandpa used to take me on long walks every night after dinner. On these long walks, he’d carry me on his shoulders so that I could get a three-year-old’ version of an aerial view of what I thought was the whole city. Every so often during the month, the moon would be out with us on our walks. I remember my young mind perplexed by the fact that no matter how far we walked the moon was always at the same place right above us.

“Why isn’t the moon behind us?” I’d ask. “Is it trying to beat us somewhere?”

“The moon is not racing against us,” he’d respond. “The moon is following you. The moon knows you’re the most beautiful princess in the whole world, and it can’t stop staring at you. So it follows you everywhere you go.”

I remembered, every…

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Traitor’s Love – Prologue

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Just released from prison, Robert Catesby looked for the last time at his beloved Chastleton. He had to sell his house to pay his fine. But he had admitted to plotting so that Queen Elizabeth I’s successor would be a Catholic. He was lucky only to lose his estate. They could have hanged, disembowelled and then cut him into quarters.

Yet he vowed revenge, he’d get the sovereign he wanted and his faith would be triumphant.

The outcome led to a plan to kill the whole of the English government. It almost succeeded and was ever after infamous as the ‘Gunpowder Plot’.

But even when you are conspiring to kill, love creeps in….

Read the book published in parts at Wattpad

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