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Josie’s wings

Josie stared up at her mum. She felt like crying but seeing the smile on her mum’s face, she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Instead she replicated the grin, a little too wide, she felt, but it seemed to do the trick as her mum straightened one of Josie’s wings then headed to the kitchen singing yet another carol.

All Josie wanted was to wear black. Pink really wasn’t her, and yet she couldn’t say anything to her mum, she seemed so happy and to her dad, Josie would always be his little princess.

Glued to the TV, Elliot, her teenage stepbrother, kept stabbing at the remote’s volume button until it was almost unbearable.

Josie looked towards the kitchen expecting her mum to appear but she didn’t. Josie coughed loudly and tapped her feet, making Elliot turn round.

“What?” he growled and turned back to the TV.

It was Josie’s turn to growl, her wings fluttering in sympathy. She looked at Elliot, studying his clothes; black t-shirt, black hoodie, black jeans and socks, worn she suspected to taunt her.

“Not fair,” she whispered. “You get to do what you want. Not fair, not fair, not fair…”

As she headed to the kitchen she caught a glimpse of her wings in the hall mirror; not innocent pink as they had been when her mother had straightened them, but both lined with a hint of her favourite colour.

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Double trouble

“She looks lost.”

“She’s not lost.”

“She’s looking around like she’s lost.”

“She’s taking in the scenery.”

“She doesn’t look very…”

“…happy.”

“No.”

“We should speak to her.”

“We should.”

“You might frighten her.”

“No, you might.”

“Why me?”

“You’re bigger.”

“No, I’m not.”

“Are too. She’s coming this way.”

“She’s looking at us.”

“No, she’s not.”

“Schhh.”

“You’re the loud one.”

“And you’re the ugly one.”

“You’re stupid. Loud and stupid.”

“I can change, you’re still ugly.”

“She’s turning away.”

“Where’s she going?”

“She looks lost.”

“She’s not lost.”

“She’s looking around like she’s lost.”

“She’s taking in the scenery.”

“She doesn’t look very…”

“happy.”

“No.”

“We should speak to her.”

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Inspired by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tweedledum_and_Tweedledee 🙂

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Raven hair flying (written by Tony Tibbenham)

I shuddered awake.  The alarm clock jangling into my dream.  For once I was glad:  I had been lost on the beach again,  crying for mummy with my cries lost amongst the gull calls. Why did I have this dream before every audition?  Was I really so nervous?  I snuggled down again, intent on getting another ten minutes under the duvet before facing the commute.   Eight minutes later I dragged myself into the shower, battering my aching legs and back with hot needles of water.  The third audition this week, travelling further to find another opportunity.  Always looking for the funds to pay the last bill.

Today was all the way across town, three buses and a long walk, for a small show.   I almost didn’t want to get it, the commute would kill me if the show didn’t.  These thoughts swirled round my mind as I stepped up onto the first bus.

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031 Raven hair flying 60990The driver smiled,  seeing his favourite passenger, looking tired as she lugged her costume holdall aboard.  He had watched out for her every shift for months. The mundane drive round the circuit of roads was more tolerable when she was aboard.  She smiled as she said hello most days.  Other  times, like today, she seemed pre-occupied.  He watched her gracefully slide into a seat before he pulled away, driving on automatic as he dreamed of her raven hair flying as she glided across the stage, smiling, flying into his arms.

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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are fortnightly episodes, usually released on Sundays, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.


Hello everyone. I’m Morgen Bailey and I love writing short stories… the shorter the better. In fact the shortest I’ve ever written is 28 words. That said I have written some 6 worders, as Ernest Hemingway was famous for, but I like to waffle. 🙂



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