ILL-GOTTEN GAINS

Her Mum helped her bake the pastries using the rhubarb they had grown in their garden. Each had their own neat tray - rhubarb crumble, rhubarb tarts, rhubarb and toffee cake. She set up the stall at the corner of her street, waiting to capitalise on the Friday, end-of-week rush hour footfall. 'Treat for the … Continue reading ILL-GOTTEN GAINS

SUPPLY AND DEMAND

'Why the empty shelves?' 'I'm reorganising.' 'No more processed food?' 'Only fruit and vegetables.' 'Meat?' 'No.' 'Chocolate?' 'No.' 'Sweets?' 'No. There is no longer the demand for these things.' 'The health drive?' 'Tackling obesity.' 'I see, uh, you wouldn't happen to know where I could get my hands a few treats, do you?' 'I can't … Continue reading SUPPLY AND DEMAND

PICTURE POSTCARD

He lumbered down the narrow staircase. Breath heavy, legs aching. His broad flanks brushed either side of the narrow, twisting spiral staircase. This was not why he had come to Belgium. Finally, he reached the bottom of the Belfort. Dolores and Brad were waiting patiently. 'Okay,' he managed a cheerful smile, wiping the sweat from … Continue reading PICTURE POSTCARD

ROLL OF THE DICE

Odd number and it was chocolate bar, even number and it was an apple. Johnny rolled the dice. It stopped on five. Yes!, he thought. It tipped over onto two. Johnny nudged it back onto five. Leaving things to chance was all very well, but self-determination definitely had it's benefits. Written for the Scottish Book … Continue reading ROLL OF THE DICE