Short Story

#25 – Onesie

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Maria peered down into the fridge, her finger slipping easily through the icing of the birthday cake.  Her mouth curled up gently as she smoothed the mark flat.

“Soon.”

Drawing out a fresh bottle of Prossecco, she kicked the door closed and brushed down her rabbit-eared Onesie with a smile. Oven on, toys wrapped: everything was ready.

Three more bottles sat empty on coffee table.  The hissing from the open oven door calmed her nerves and Maria yawned as she returned to the couch. Again she read the greetings cards scattered on the floor. 

I’m so sorry for your loss.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Promo image courtesy of Michał Parzuchowski via Uplash.

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Today’s word is the second suggested by Dr. Abby Astle who I’m sure was expecting a cheery tale.  There’s not so much drama in a cheery tale.  Sorry Abby.

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#24 – Breath

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I’m sure my eyes are open but,… No.  Oh god, no!  Please, PLEASE,.. no!  Sadie!!  Sadie, where are you?! I can’t,… the water,… shit,… it’s in my mouth,.. SADIE!  Don’t talk: stay calm, reach out.  God, the water!  So cold, Jesus! I wasn’t driving fast,.. just a deer in the,…

The seatbelt won’t unlatch.  It won’t,…. There she is,… oh God,… I can’t,… water over my eyes,… sinking,… sinking,…

I’m sorry, Sadie.  For so much.  I wish you could hear me.  Don’t go.  Please.

Squeeze my hand.  It’ll be okay.  I’m with you, Sadie.  At least this time,…. I’m here,…

..

(c) Tim Austin 2016

Today’s word, “Breath” was suggested by the magnificent Mel Churcher who’s book, “A Screen Acting Workshop”, is my bible.  Thank you for the word, Mel!  You can buy the book here and follow her on Twitter @MelChurcher.

My very good friend Lorraine (who suggested “Ache”) is running the London Marathon on Saturday – please offer some support for Shelter, her chosen charity by clicking here: https://www.justgiving.com/Lori-Bannerman.

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#23 – Seasick

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Sea Clem Onojeghuo

“Oh!  Isn’t it beautiful?”  Anna squeezed her husband’s hand, her golden hair whipping in the sea breeze as the cruise liner rocked gently through the Pacific blue.  The sun was a perfect orb against the glimmering horizon.  Blue met blue, the clean salt air filling the newly-wed’s lungs and setting her spirit soaring.  She shivered as a drop of liquid brushed her cheek.  “We’d better get in – it’s starting to rain.”

Ten year old Kevin wasn’t having a good time on the deck above.  Leaning over the edge, he retched again, wiping the edge of his green, vomit-stained mouth.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Promo image courtesy of Clem Onojeghuo via Uplash

Today’s title was suggested by the beautiful Vicki Oliver – Actress, reader and artist!  You can find some of her work with candles at waxandwooduk.com.  Please share the blog and this story on Facebook and Twitter :)

Today’s story is dedicated to the memory of the enormously talented Victoria Wood who died today. God bless and keep you, Victoria. RIP.

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#22 – Tea

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The air swam with the scent of Rose Water and Jasmine, a million aromas spiralling on the breeze.   The lush green rows of the plantation bathed in the Indian sun, a hundred pairs of feet sinking into the fertile dirt.  Madhu smiled at the day, snatching leaftips from each bush and watching the women toiling the field.  Beside her strode an English girl, her pale skin pinking in the sun.  Madhu grinned across.

“Remind me” she asked, “What brought you to India, Katie?”

The English girl stroked the swastika tattoo on her wrist, her reply shy and quiet.

“I ran away.”

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Promo picture courtesy of Carli Jean via Uplash.

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Today’s word was suggested by the wonderful Devika Fernando – best-selling romance and paranormal fiction author and hugely generous friend of OWOS project.  You can find her at devikafernando.com or on Twitter at @Author_Devika

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#21 – Coincidence

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“Jane!  Fancy meeting you here,…”

Sincerity was never one of Jack’s strong points.  Jane’s cheeks flushed pink in embarrassment, her teeth clenching tight.

“Jack.”

“Won’t you introduce me to your male friend?”  He laboured the word male, balancing it like a dagger and twisting it just as hard.  His eyes were a mix of amusement and malice as he turned his gaze to Jane’s date.  There was a pause.

“…. Steven.”

Jane’s brow furrowed as she followed her ex husband’s eyes.  Stephen was shifting in his seat, eyes locking to Jack’s.  He choked a yearning whisper.

“I’ve missed you.”

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Promo picture courtesy of Henry Fournier via Uplash.

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Today’s word was suggested by the magnificently named Yvonne Battle-Fenton – writer and co-producer at The Story in Lancaster and Off The Page.  You can find her on Twitter @YBattleFelton.

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See you tomorrow for “Tea”

#20 – Particles

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The young girl blinked and giggled, the sparkling dots swimming in her gaze as she kicked her feet in the air.  The fluttering lights danced and circled the branches around her, bathing her face in warmth as dew soaked through her dress.  She didn’t care about the dress.  She didn’t care about the angry shouts of her parents.  She didn’t even care about the sirens, the flames or the screams as the atom bomb flared in the distance, turning all to ash.  She was with her friends at the bottom of her garden and they would always keep her safe,…

(c) Tim Austin 2016

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Today’s word was suggested by talented writer and poet Anne Gaelan – You can suggest a word just like she did: tweet me at @timaustin2k using the hashtag #onewordonestory

See you tomorrow for “Coincidence”!

#19 -Tendrils

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Colonel Anderson jumped as the beast slammed its snaked arm against the splintering glass.  His hands shook as he lifted his wrist to his mouth, spitting breathless commands to the rest of his platoon.  He had to stay quiet: the alien saw the world in sound. It knew he was there on the other side of the bulkhead.  It knew.  He hissed a second order but it was no good,… they were gone.

“Aaaand I think we’ll call that Lunch, Colonel,” boomed a female voice.  “That’s the Tenth simulation you’ve screwed.  But don’t feel too bad,… it’s Pasta Wednesday”

(c) Tim Austin 2016

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Tendrils was suggested by my old sparring partner John “Bobby” R Wilkinson (Esquire): Associate Artist at York Theatre Royal and all-round top bloke!  

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