Monday, 29 July 2013

Very Short Mondays: String Vest

Clive sat on a bench looking out to sea.  His eyes stung a little from the sun cream that his sweat had carried into them.  He also wasn't quite used to seeing the full brightness of day, having broken his glasses a fortnight before, and he couldn't afford UV-reactive lenses in his replacement pair.

He looked down at himself.  He shuffled backwards in his seat, made a token effort to sit up straight.

Last year he strutted his stuff up and down the promenade, proud to let it all hang out.  But not since...

Well.  Not since.  Not after.

He had always wondered what possible reason any man could have for buying a string vest.  Now, at least, he had his own reason.  He could cover up, without it quite covering him up.  Not completely, anyway.

It felt positive.  It felt like a step in the right direction.


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Link of the Day: Knock Knock

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Monday, 22 July 2013

Very Short Mondays: The Telephone Call

There she is again, yacking away, acting like she's not enjoying the gossip.  My intention was to be looking at the crossword but instead I'm trying to work out who the bloody hell she's talking to at this hour.  Is it one of her sisters or a work colleague?  Or her mother?  Maybe my mother?

This didn't used to bother me.  But then, I used to overhear her talking about me.  It was all "Georgie this" and "Georgie that" not so long ago.  She'd be crying down the phone to her best mate, over some daft little thing that reminded her of me.

Now it's like I don't exist.

But, it's been three years now, and I guess she's moved on.  I only wish I could do the same.


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Link of the Day:  Angry Cats

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Monday, 15 July 2013

Very Short Mondays: The Loneliest Dragon In All The World

Crispin lay alone in the ashes of the forest that was once his home, and sighed.

This was not the sigh of someone whose colleague made racist comments at work, not the sigh of a dog whose human companion repeatedly and deliberately misplaced his stick.

This was the sigh of a dragon whose family had moved on without telling him.  Again.

"At least you've got a family," said Phoenix Mouse.

Oh, yes, and it was also the sigh of someone whose imaginary friend didn't know when he'd outstayed his welcome.


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Link of the Day: Dog Grooming Competition

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Very Short Mondays: Watching Carefully For the Next Thing To Come Around The Corner

Mat sat at the front of the bus, and watched the road in front of him.  He didn't do this, as a rule.  He didn't like to watch the oncoming traffic appearing around corners.  Didn't like to journey with his heart in his mouth.

But today was different.  Today he felt it was important to document his journey.  Not actually to physically document it, but to take in every detail.  There was a good chance this would be the last time he would ever make this journey.

And, now that the country was in its third week of national strikes, there was precious little traffic to worry about.


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Link of the Day: Gerard DuBois - Uncertainty / Part 1

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Monday, 1 July 2013

Very Short Mondays: The Recliner That Wouldn't Behave

Laurie sat down to think.  She knew she had forgotten something.  She ran through her mental checklist.  Everything seemed to be in order.

The only thing she hadn't done was get enough sleep.  She let herself lean gently back into the chair.  She heard the hinge creak as she gave it her weight.  Any second now it would collapse entirely.  It always did.  She smiled at the thought.  Strangely, this chair was the one thing she was really going to miss.

When she awoke it was already dark.  The next train wouldn't leave for another week.


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Link of the Day: Anamorphic Sculptures

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