Such a Little Thing by Kimberley Cooper

Prompt: She never wanted it anyway | Word count: 300 words | Genre: Women’s Fiction

At this stage it hadn’t been much more than a cluster of cells. That’s what the doc had said, looking at her over his half moon glasses. But Mae knew better. And so did the nurse

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Beware What You Wish For by Kimberley Cooper

Prompt: Cut the Strings | Word count: 1000 | Genre: Horror (mild)

It started innocently as most things do. An eight year old girl with too much time on her hands, a dull winter afternoon, and a flatulent cow in a barn. Not really the sorts of things that a girl would normally remember long into adulthood and even further; the memory outliving her husband and three of her children.

That wasn’t the tragedy. No, the tragedy was bigger, much bigger.

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Nothing’s Impossible by Kimberley Cooper

Prompt: Mastermind | Word count: 1000 | Genre: Women’s Fiction

He didn’t come with a guidebook, our son. Although to be fair, no child does. But in my experience kids tend to follow a similar pattern; cry, pee, poop, talk gibberish, crawl, walk, answer back, finally become human.

But not Cory. Cory was gifted. Not that we knew this to start with. We only knew he wouldn’t sleep, didn’t babble like our two girls had done, and ate voraciously (‘he’s hungry, Mrs Jones, maybe you’re not making enough milk for him’). Hell, if I was a Jersey cow I wouldn’t have had enough milk for him, the way he fed.

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The Price of Belonging by Kimberley Cooper

Prompt: The club| Word count: 750 | Genre: Drama

“Fight, fight, fight”.

The chant was taken up one by one, as the pushing and shoving spilled over into the inevitable fight. The sound was ugly. And as Gabe pulled Danny to the ground and started hitting him, it was going to get uglier.

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To Have and To Hold by Kimberley Cooper

Prompt: Coming undone | Word count: 1200 | Genre: Women’s Fiction

“Ready, Dad?”

I look down at my daughter. At that little button nose, those almond shaped eyes, that very special look that told me as soon as she was born that she had Down’s Syndrome. But more than anything I see her ivory satin dress, the lace train, and a perky tiara set on top of her dark curls.

Ready? Is any father ever ready to give his little girl away on her wedding day?

While she waits patiently for my answer, a sob crawls out of my throat. This is a day that twenty five years ago, I never thought would come. I never thought she’d go to college, get a paying job and move out and live independently. And I certainly never thought she’d find the sort of love that led to St Mary’s church.

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Changes by Kimberley Cooper

Prompt: Going Home Word count: 500 Genre: Contemporary Fiction

They say you should never go back. That nostalgia clouds the memory, and disappointment is sure to follow.

But what do ‘they’ know. And who are ‘they’ anyway?

The bus pulls away from the stop, and I slip my arms through the straps of my backpack, hoist it onto my shoulders, and wince. Yeah, there’s a sore patch where the fabric’s been rubbing my bare skin. I can hear Mom’s words now. “Put a jacket on, you’ll catch your death in this weather.” And “Don’t wear those shoes without socks, you’ll get blisters.”

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The Book of Hope by Kimberley Cooper

Prompt: A White Lie Word count: 2500 Genre: Fantasy

Aric knew the Book existed. Just knew it. Locked away in the highest tower of the capital city, no one living had ever seen it. But legend said if you read the Book, you’d see not only your role in history, but all of history itself.

And the legend went further. If you ever got chance to write in the Book, you could change history. Change what had already been, as well as what was still to come.

Aric didn’t believe that part. If history changed, how could the Book even exist? Someone would have found a way to change history enough so the Book couldn’t exist anymore. And Aric knew it existed. Couldn’t say how he knew, but with the absolute confidence possessed by eleven- year-olds everywhere, he knew.

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The Nearly Perfect Funeral by Kimberley Cooper

Prompt: Conversation with my spouse Word count: 1200 Genre: Women’s fiction

He’d been 86 when he died. She was 92. A scandal it was, when they got together sixty five years ago. She was so much older than him, and already had a baby by another man. Tongues wagged, glances burned and shoulders turned against them. But it didn’t bother Arthur or Peggy. They held their heads high and over the years, turned that first heady flush of romance into a family. Stronger together than they’d been apart.

Wars came and went. Service to his country bent and bowed him, while she stayed at home raising the children they’d made together, as well as the boy that had been t’other man’s. The one whose beginning might have been a mistake, but who had been loved just as much as the others. And when the business of raising the boys was over, and work was a distant memory, they could rise late, go to bed early and spend the minutes in between in each other’s company. A small life, simply lived.

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In the Garden by Kimberley Cooper

Prompt: A New Life Word count: 1000 Genre: Sci fi

Preet was quite the celebrity on Mars. Everything that dropped out of the sky seemed to fall into his garden, almost like they were aiming for it.

The first year, a piece of hard, shiny stuff the size of a finger turned up in his garden. He didn’t see it fall, but it must have come from the sky, as it wasn’t red like everything else on Mars. The council even had to invent a name for it. “Not-red.” Preet didn’t think that showed much imagination. But at least everyone had something different to look at. Something that wasn’t dust in one of the thousand shades of red which had been named. Like vermilion and magenta and ruby and crimson. And people came from far and wide to look at the not-red. So many came, trampling over his garden, that Preet got quite grumpy, whipping dust into a stinging, choking boulder-filled cloud which lashed the Martian landscape for weeks.

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The List by Kimberley Cooper

Prompt: The List Word count: 1500 Genre: Contemporary Fiction

It sat there on the kitchen table.

The List. Or given its significance, perhaps it was more accurate to call it THE LIST. Anyway, whatever, it formed part of Eva’s every conversation lately, was almost the only thing she talked about. God knows if we’d have anything to say to each other after the bloody wedding.

“What shall we put on the list, Jo?” “Jo, which store should we have the list with? And then when she was feeling down and it was all a bit overwhelming, “Do you think anyone will want to know what’s on the list?”

So, The List on the kitchen table. An innocuous bit of paper held to a piece of hardwood by gravity. I could put my mug of coffee on it at breakfast time, sling my keys on it when I come in from work, use it as a place mat for my dinner plate. Wouldn’t affect The List at all.

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