The Rings that Bind by Moira le Roux

Prompt: She didn’t want it anyway | Word count 300 words | Genre: Fiction

I walked along the shore on my way to Dalebrook tidal pool.

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Freedom by Moira le Roux

Prompt: Cut the strings | Word count:  1000 words | Genre: Memoir

Years ago, when I was twenty-four years old, there were still building societies in South Africa. I had worked for The Perm Building Society for five years, and I was bored beyond belief. I had always received an ‘A’ for accountancy at school, so although I hated it, my parents pushed me into banks and building societies from when I left school. I hated every moment of it. I was promoted to the hardest job, but it was still so boring I felt like chewing my arms off to escape. I resigned often, but was always talked out of it by management, as I didn’t really know what else to do. I had to earn money for my cigarettes and the vast quantities of alcohol I consumed after hours.

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Trapped! by Moira le Roux

Prompt: The Mastermind | Word count 1000 words | Genre: Fantasy

Way back in the 1950’s Julian worked for the largest power plant in the country. He was considered quite the cowboy, so when one of the large cables leading out from the plant failed, he was the one called to fix it. Disaster struck and Julian was electrocuted. His body fell to earth but his soul, to his surprise, found itself in the electricity grid.

He shot around for a while before slowing down and trying to figure out where he was. It wasn’t too bad, as he was rather a voyeuristic man, and he could see into any home that had electricity. He soon got bored and then computers came along. He learnt coding and later fell in love with the internet and the trouble he could cause.

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The Young Ladies’ Club for Sexual Advancement by Moira le Roux

Prompt: The club | Word count:  750 words | Genre: Memoir

When my sister Cathy, our neighbour Brigette, and I were about eleven years old we had a huge problem. We had the first inklings of sex, but no idea what it was. We could not ask our friends as the only thing worse than not knowing anything, was your peers finding out you didn’t know. We formed a club behind the garage.

Cathy built the clubhouse out of branches and leaves while I thought up the password. Brigette brought the jelly powder. We each had things to do to add to our general sexual knowledge. Brigette was to listen in on her older brothers, and memorise what they said, and bring it back to us. Cathy and I, while the babysitter studied in the lounge, would sit in the study and phone random numbers. If a man answered we would tell him we were authors writing a book on dirty jokes, and did he have one to add to our collection. Over the weeks we built up a good selection of jokes.

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The Devil Inside by Moira le Roux

Prompt: Coming Undone | Word count: 1200 | Genre: Adult Fiction

Warning: Discusses paedophilia

“I am afraid you are going to have to leave the winery,” Brother Gregory barked at Brother Christian. “I can’t have subordinates undermining my authority at every turn. I have been in charge for only a few months, and you have made it impossible for me. I have spoken to Brother Dominic and he is needing a schoolmaster at the junior school. You start tomorrow.”

Brother Christian cringed. He had a demon in him, unknown to anybody. He had not even dared to whisper its existence – even in the church confessional. He had been safe, since his arrival at the monastery, overseeing the winery, with the big, hairy men that came in from the vineyards. But school boys were a different story. His demon caused him to long for young, beautiful boys. He could not risk temptation. He would have to ignore his pride, and beg this man who held his fate in his hands.

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I Remember by Moira le Roux

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

He left early that Friday afternoon; even so the traffic was heavy. The ten-minute drive inland, in the pouring rain, dragged on for a slow, smoky hour. He arrived at the roadside motel where he had been sleeping for the three months since he had left her. It was all he could afford as his money went to her and their young son. He was cold, wet, and hungry; the day after the longest night of the year.

He unlocked the door. The room was unfriendly. Not yet trusting this stranger who rented by the month, after the thousand sordid women who rented by the hour. He sat on the hard bed. His icy soul had a big chasm in it, perhaps from his many thoughts while driving. This worried him. He was used to the cold. Better that than the heat of rage that had burnt through him before he left. But It was all her fault, wasn’t it? Those fights, the arguing and shouting. A man can only take so much before he says goodbye. He didn’t know what caused the cracks. Maybe it was from trying to remember what the fighting was about. He knew he had felt neglected. She was much younger than him, and she had his young son who needed her time. The cracks widened as softly the ice melted.

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The Time Capsule by Moira le Roux

Prompt: The list  | Word count: 2500  | Genre: Women’s Fiction

We drove home in silence. This was the night that Alexis, my lovely wife, had spoken about for so many years. It was going to be the highlight of the year. Something had gone wrong, and I wasn’t sure what. We had all heard the story of the time capsule. She had been talking excitedly about it since it happened. Twenty years ago, when she was fifteen, her teacher had the whole grade fill out a page of what they wanted to achieve in the next twenty years. Tonight, was the school reunion, and the opening of the time capsule. Alexis had been in an excited mood all evening, catching up with old friends, and then came time for the opening of the time capsule. There was laughter and joking all around, but as she opened her envelope, with the list in it, she went quiet. After a few minute’s she said goodbye to all her friends, and we left early. She wouldn’t show me her list.

I parked the car in the garage and turned to her. “Please tell me what the matter is, love. This was supposed to be a great night, and the girls are all excited about the time capsule. They are going to wonder why you are so unhappy.”

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The Glory Days by Moira le Roux

Prompt: A new life  | Word count: 1000  | Genre: Fantasy

I was born an orphan.  A fact my parents emphatically denied. I knew it was so, as I didn’t belong with my family and I must have come from somewhere.

I would lie in bed at night, when I was young and imagine my real father. With his long, black curls in his circus outfit, with one golden earring, doing his matador dance routine with the bulls. He was the gypsy king. Now his younger brother had grown up and challenged him. A fight started and the music from the circus had beat in time to the swishing blades. My mother at that time was in their caravan travailing over the birth of her coming child. She heard the shouts outside but could do nothing as I was coming and her screams matched those outside. Sadly, my father still had his tap shoes on and although the stronger of the brothers, his studs slipped in the sand and as he fell – his brother took the chance and slit his throat. Just as his death screams stopped, I arrived and replaced them with cries of my own. My mother was in danger and had to flee.

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Conversation with my spouse by Moira le Roux

Prompt: Conversation with my spouse | Word count: 1200 | Genre: Fiction

I sat on the veranda with my ancient laptop. I have been sitting here in sorrow for a long time – just staring. It has been six months since my mom died, and I felt bereft. Everything had revolved around her. If I went out, it was to see her, or go somewhere with her; so there didn’t seem to be any need to go out. William had bought me a landline phone, that had a mobile handset, so I could chat outside when my mom used to phone, but now all was silent. I have been so lonely.

Things had changed last week. My sister had too many work things to do, so she convinced me to take one over. It involved selling items off a website, so people would phone me. I was having trouble keeping things professional as my laptop was so old with a very slow memory. I spent my time outside, as I smoked, and my husband William didn’t. I was outdoors with the sun shining on my dark screen. I could hardly see, and if I wanted to open another programme my computer would say: “You have too many things open and the memory is stuffed so please restart your computer”. It’s hard to give good service when you can’t see, and the computer moans at you.

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The Quickening by Moira le Roux

Prompt: A white lie     | Word count: 2500    | Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Shay knelt in front of the ancient Cherrywood Chest that belonged to her grandmother. She looked carefully through it, trying not to disturb the items, while taking what she needed.  It was a Druid’s chest and contained all the books, spells and implements she needed to weave her magic that night. She was full of so many feelings: nervousness, excitement, and quite a bit of guilt. She curled her long, red hair behind her ear, and bit her lower lip, worried at the thought that her gran might find out. Her gran was a Druid, now in Africa, but descended from the Grove in the Highlands of Scotland. Her ancestors, and many other families, had left the Highlands many years ago, and came to settle in the small village of Oakdale. The village had grown in recent years as the college became bigger and more popular.

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