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The Angel by Barbara Kuessner Hughes

Consuelo has always regarded herself as a fortunate woman.  Just look at my life, she’d say, if anyone asked her.  She’s spent her seventy years living in the same corner of the same Spanish city.  Let other people roam the world, she thinks, if she catches a travel documentary on television.  Let other people rush

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Cutting the Wolf Loose By Steve Timms

Alex loosened his belt two notches but the action failed to ease his discomfort. Undoing his trouser top button, he felt his stomach sag forwards. He hadn’t visited the gym in 6 months: It was one more reason for him to hate himself. Alex was sitting in the King’s Metro bar, supposedly one of Toronto’s

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Stargazy Pie By John Simes

“Don’t forget to polish the oji, Zak.” Elaine Flaherty looked up from her computer. “We don’t want to upset the Iroko man!” Elaine smiled and turned back to her thesis. Jerry was in the greenhouse. “OK, mum.” Zak sighed and wandered through the kitchen into the garden, plucking the can of cumaru oil and a

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Freya And The Somatoid By Cosmo Goldsmith

I sensed that our daughter Freya  was about to send shockwaves around the house, even before she told us. Nothing new there. For the last three to four years she has thrived on provocation and confrontation, particularly with me. But on this occasion, as she joined us into the kitchen, she was unusually respectful in

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Late Developers By Elspeth Leadbetter

In the last few weeks of her life, I caught him peeing in the sink. I came through the back door, as all of us always did, via the porch with its fly papers and window-ledges and stands chock-full of plants, straight into the kitchen and there he was, in side profile standing on his

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Clay By Rachel Sloan

From: k*****@*******.com Sent: Monday, 15 May, 20— 6.38 pm To: m*****@*****.com Subject: vase Dear M, It was such a surprise to bump into you at the fair on Saturday. To be honest, I nearly didn’t go over to your stand, but I overheard you talking to another customer about your process and your favourite glazes,

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The Broken Heart By David Micklem

I don’t remember who first suggested it. I’d done some modelling when I finished school but that dried up pretty quickly. It was a Spanish brand and I never got to see the pictures, how I looked. Made a bit of cash, bought myself some wheels. Got a bit too big for my boots, Gary

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Frogs in a Pot By Meagan Lucas

“I need your eyes,” Ben said, scanning the road through the windshield. “You’re supposed to be the navigator and you’re not paying attention.” And then, under his breath, “like usual.” In fairness, she wasn’t. Amanda was watching a huge group of blackbirds alight from an electrical line, together, a living swirl of beaks and feathers,

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Syndicate By Conor O’Sullivan

The warm evening air clung to Charlotte’s arms when she exited Waterloo and set off towards Brad Street. Clear skies, spread like a quilt over the city, suggested a long twilight. People told anecdotes in that shrill tone that comes after a few drinks as she walked by the crowded bars. ‘He keeps liking my

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The Story of the Son Must Be The Story of the Father By Simon Lowe

Despite having not seen him in two years, Adam knows his father’s hair and beard will have recently been dyed white, and he will appear professorial wearing wire framed glasses and a sleeveless woolen cardigan. You see, Michael Douglas has re-entered the Marvel Universe in Ant Man and the Wasp, as Hank Pym, and Adam’s

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