Short Stories

I’ve written a few stories which don’t mention or involve the Mage and the Boffin, so I’ve included them here. I’ll probably add to the list as time goes by, so please check back now and then. I’ll try to mention them on my blog pages and also on my Facebook Author page.

So far I’ve got a trio of ‘student wizard’ stories, a kidnapping story involving an assassin, a mysterious pool, a unicorn, a love story, and an interstellar journey, and more. I’ll list them below.

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Writer’s Block

The interstellar journey is going well. It’s quiet, boring even. Then the engines which are driving the ship through the void just stop. The crew need to consult with the Captain.

Bobby

Bobby is planning to leave her boyfriend, so she lets him take her to his place for the first and last time. She tells her long time partner, Louie, “Stage one completed.”

The Assassin’s Sister

If anyone should suspect that she is an Assassin, her friends and family and she herself would be in mortal danger. Then her sister goes missing. The Assassin has to take immediate action.

The Worst Wizard

George’s mother has threatened to kick him out, so he is trying to find a suitable profession. He nearly gets into the Assassins’ Guild, but he can’t kill a living creature, so he is let go. After a near disastrous interview for the Wizards’ Guild, he is given a chance to learn to be a wizard.

The Kidnapping

The pet cockatrice of the Master of the Assassins’ Guild disappears, and George and his friends start to search for the beast. The Master receives a ransom demand for his pet, Jasper, and George and his friends redouble their efforts.

The Girl in the Pool

Joe is planning on taking a photograph of the setting sun reflected in a quiet pool, but something causes the pool to ripple. Joe thinks that it might be an otter, but it turns out to be a girl, swimming in the pool in the dusk.

Two Into One Doesn’t Go

Frank wants to do something charitable, so he rents out his body to someone who has been killed in an accident and whose mind has been placed into storage. But David turns out to be a less than ideal tenant, and Frank has to go to court to evict him.

The Wizard and His Friends

George is about to start his third and final year of studying to be a wizard, but as his friend, Smoll, says “What will be the excitement this year?” George and his fellow students discover that they have an extra task this year, one which they are, for the most part, happy to undertake.

May and September

Jerry is in his car when he is shunted from behind into traffic. He is badly shaken, but his worst injuries are to his legs. He employs Trixie to help him out, and Trixie moves into the bedsit attached to the house that his sons used to live in.

Robots and Cavemen

Pollution is drifting across the robots’ city. They have to do something! They visit the cavemen to ask them to stop producing the pollution. Since the cavemen can’t comply, the robots have to visit the boffins, but an accident occurs, and one of the robots is put into danger.

The Invisible Girl

Mel takes a shower but is shocked when she discovers that she can’t see her own body. How will she cope with this sudden disaster? Her flatmates are scared by the strange situation, so, eventually she leaves the flat and struggles to survive. Then she camps out in someone’s attic.

Second Lockdown

A fictionalised account of a walk around my neighbourhood during our second Covid-19 lockdown.

The Confession

An elderly priest takes a strange confession. The penitent in his confessional box claims to have caused the deaths of thousands. Can the priest absolve the sins of the penitent, after he has heard the full confession?

The Change

Something bizarre and scary is going to happen to Hunter’s friend and King. The King himself is resigned to the happening and but the mood among his friends and family is sombre.

The Scullery Maid

Hope was a ‘scullery maid’, though she had never, so far as she knew, been in a scullery. Her duties did not include cooking. However, she and her fellow scullery maids were friends and confidants of the three oldest Princes. She meets the youngest Prince and becomes his friend too. Their friendship endures for a long, long time.

[Note: There is nothing overtly ‘adult’ in this story, but parental guidance may be advisable.]

The First Time

A crew member on a ship travelling to colonise a different world discovers a hidden feature of the ship. She shows another crew member, and they start to cheat the system. Eventually their crime is discovered, and the two crew members the dire consequences of their actions.

The Sisters

Molly and Polly are orphans, and they meet and find that they are sisters. Molly believes that someone is trying to kill her, and later Polly’s flat is burgled. They dig into the mystery and find two more of their sisters. What is going on?

The Sleeping God

The digger is cutting through rocks which are millions of years old, when it uncovers something which should not be there. A silver figure climbs out of the rock, shocking the construction crew. In his turn the metallic man is shocked by what he sees. Two local cops escort the silver figure to the local town and introduce him to the world that he now finds himself in.

The Guardian

G’Narr is a powerful being, a Protector. His job is to escort young people who are developing their own powers to people who can help them with the powers. His job is not to protect the young people, but to protect everyone else from the kids’ wild powers. Ali is one such young person who has an issue with a normal person, and G’Narr stops Ali from seriously harming the man.

Little Companions

Joe and Hank are the first to descend to the surface of the planet. They are surprised to discover a species that at first glance seems to be monkey-like. After a closer look, Joe and Hank decide that they are more like small humans with tails than monkeys. They prove to be very intelligent, which presents the Captain with a problem.

This Ruined Soul

Kath is a vampire, but she has a big problem. Her flatmate, Steve, helps her out, but the solution that he provides cannot be sustained. He decides on a drastic remedy.

The Tortured Generations

Jay is running out on his current girlfriend. He’s run out on his girlfriends before, but he’s regretted it on every occasion. His current girlfriend, Mel, catches him before he can disappear from her life. She demands an explanation, and Jay reveals some special about himself.

Princess Lorry

Princess Lorraine needs to find a husband, and quickly, or her father will marry her off to the son of some Earl or Duke. But the King and her best friend, Phil, have a plan. Phil will take Princess Lorry out of the Castle so that she can look for a suitable husband without any pressure from the Court. What they don’t know is that Princess Lorry also has a plan.

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