Another town. She rolled up the side of the tarpaulin and tied it tight. Around her the other vans set out their stalls.
This town needed her flowers. She sensed a sadness.
A young woman walked by. She picked her freshest daffodils and called to her. The woman approached.
She pulled her in close and touched her stomach. ‘We can help you. We cross the state line tonight.’
The woman looked confused, ‘How could you tell?’
‘We need to stick together.’
The young woman nodded and took her hand. She helped her up into the back of the van. The others greeted her with brave smiles.
It had become a dangerous country for them.
Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).
I’m delighted to announce my new novel ‘The Barra Boy’ has now been officially published and released by The Book Guild Ltd. A few copies have already made their way out into the world. If you’re interested, you can find all the information for getting a copy HERE.
A couple of early reviews have appeared on Goodreads and Amazon. Here’s what they said:
“Iain Kelly’s The Barra Boy is a superbly written, character driven story that ranks as one of my favourite reads of the year. The author has a wonderful feel for locations & he brings London, Glasgow & the remote Scotish island of Barra vividly to life. His characters are so brilliantly drawn that it’s hard to believe that they are fictional. This is an outstanding novel.”
“This is a charming book about adolescence in the eighties and the mysteries island life.
Iain took me on a wonderful journey with his beautiful descriptive language.
I felt the Barra breeze in my hair as I stepped back in time with Ewan. I was drawn into his story and how the past can haunt us.
I highly recommend this book for its storytelling, mystery and innocence. It’s a delightful book that I’ll cherish and share.”
If you do read ‘The Barra Boy’ and enjoy it, please do leave a short review telling people and help spread the word!
For anyone on NetGalley, ‘The Barra Boy’ is now available to download until the 18th of July.