Protest, Faith, and Banana Bread by JM Barrie

Prompt: Calculated Risk | Word Count: 1800 | Genre: Memoir

Sunday 17 January 1993, Hong Kong

6.05pm
‘Peter, we’re on the news!’ Francis squealed. I watched as Fr Columbo, flanked by my brother and me, distributed communion to the two lines of people in front of him. Mum sighed, good-naturedly, as we both failed to catch a dropped piece of Communion wafer with our patens. I shrugged. This was a first for both of us. We’d done the occasional Christmas or Easter Mass in one of the Church carparks before, but this was the first time we’d helped celebrate Mass on a pavement. We’d never had to factor in cold January wind velocity before. Continue reading

She Never Wanted It Anyway by JM Barrie

Prompt: She Never Wanted it Anyway | Word Count: 300 | Genre: Drama

‘Hey, Frank! Triple whisky, hold the bloody ice this time.’ Frank shuffled across and sloshed the liquor into my glass. The paint stripper burned my throat. ‘Again.’

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Marion by JM Barrie

Prompt: Cut the Strings | Word Count: 1000 | Genre: Alternative Romance?

Christian couldn’t tear his gaze from Marion’s utter perfection. She pirouetted centre stage, the glow of a single spotlight reflected from the sequins on her dress, which shot beams of light across the theatre. She hit her final position as the music stopped, perfectly. The house lights burst into life as Marion took her obligatory bows to rapturous applause. Christian smiled. Another consummate performance.

‘So what did you think of tonight’s show?’ Marion asked.

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Mastermind by JM Barrie

Prompt: Mastermind | Word Count: 1000 | Genre: Action

Warning: Violence and some coarse language

Concrete shards rained on Julia Griffin’s blonde hair as bullets slammed into the office wall where her head had been an instant earlier. She cocked her silenced Sig Sauer P226, forward rolled out from behind a desk, aimed, and fired as she rose to one knee.

Five minutes later, Griffin climbed into the passenger seat of a grey delivery van. Watson, already behind the wheel, eased into the mid-morning traffic.

‘Mission accomplished?’

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The Pussy Posse by JM Barrie

Prompt: The Club | Word Count: 750 | Genre: YA/Fantasy

‘The Pussy Posse’s about to begin.’ Gremlin lashed Schlinky’s head with his tail.

Schlinky’s whiskers twitched. ‘What’s that?’

‘Every street has a Posse made up of selected cats who live on that street. I am president of our street’s Posse. We meet on the shed roof and solve members problems, note new dogs who move in, new mice or hamsters, and of course, any new cats. We coordinate with other streets and will, sometimes, conduct multi-Posse operations, like the breakout of eighteen factory cats we organised with three other streets many moons ago.’

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Escape From GARU by JM Barrie

Prompt: Coming Undone |  Word Count: 1200 | Genre: Memoir

’So, which gulag are you shipping me off to this time?’

My nurse smiled. ‘Not gulag. GARU. It’s the only ward that has a spare bed tonight.’

‘GARU? What’s that?’

‘The Geriatric And Rehabilitation Unit.’

‘You trying to tell me something?’

‘Never.’ She flashed me another brilliant smile. ‘Besides, you know us nurses. We wouldn’t let you go anywhere if we thought you needed to be here. And we wouldn’t ask you to do this if we didn’t need the bed urgently.’

‘I understand, no problems.’

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The List by JM Barrie

Prompt: The List | Word Count: 1500 | Genre: Childrens sci-fi/adventure

Jonah threw his Starfighter’s throttle hard to the left as Frederick’s fighter exploded in front of him. Bloody Corporation bastards. He dodged the debris field. ‘All remaining Gamma Squad fighters, form up, we’re going to hit that Corporation cruiser again. One more attacking run and I reckon we’ve got her.’

Half a dozen single seater fighters raced in formation towards the battle cruiser painted the bright green of the Corporation. ‘Split on my mark – three, two, one, Mark!’ Jonah yelled into his mouthpiece. The ships broke formation and assumed individual attack vectors. Jonah trained his weapons array on the cruiser’s damaged shield generators, damaged courtesy of the squad’s first attack run. His console beeped. He stabbed it.

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Flight Simulator by JM Barrie

Prompt: Going Home |  Word Count: 500 | Genre: Dark Humour

‘Hey mate, how’d you go on that flight simulator experience you won?’

‘Bloody awesome! Had the best time.’

‘So where did you go?’

‘I didn’t get to fly anywhere, it was a take off or landing simulator. I got to choose from a heap of airports to take off from or land at.’

‘Cool! What did you choose?’

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A Conversation With My Spouse by JM Barrie

Prompt: Conversation with my Spouse |  Word Count: 1200 | Genre: Drama

Warning: Violence

Rob’s good eye flitted around the gloom, his other closed by blood which ran from the gash in his scalp. He tried to wipe his eye and realised his hands were handcuffed behind him. He twisted around to look and screamed in agony.

Her voice startled Rob. ’Be careful with that knee, dear.’ Rob squinted as a torch shone in his eyes. He followed the light down his body and gasped when the light stopped at the knee. His calf had achieved an impossible angle to his thigh.

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Pants on Fire! by JM Barrie

Prompt: A White Lie | Word Count: 2500 | Genre: YA/Fantasy

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