September 25th, 2016
Are strict parents such a bad thing?
Andrea lay back, eyes closed, reclined on the wooden garden chair; her cold drink fizzed on the round wooden table by her side. The page of her book was marked by being open against the table. Her senses soaked in the sounds of the garden. Quiet music ebbed and flowed in the background, birds sang, there was a hum of wildlife. The sweet smell of the freshly mown lawn was being cut away by the first gentle wafts of the warm smoke from the barbecue.
A shrill cry of excitement made her jump. She looked around, lifting her sunglasses to survey the scene.
September 8th, 2016
A wife Katie honours her marriage vows
By Paul S
Mark and Katie were a married couple in their 40s with no children but a small Staffordshire terrier dog called Bella who was 3 and very lively, but kept out of the master bedroom.
Mark was about 45 and medium build, about 5 foot 9 inches with dark hair and hazel eyes. Katie was younger and also medium build and a bit shorter at 5 foot 6 inches, with blue eyes and ash blonde mid length hair, and originally with 34-26-36 vital statistics.
They had been married about 15 years, and for the first 10 years or so were very happy. Then Katie decided to indulge in extravagant spending habits and rudeness, possibly as a result of being unable to conceive a child and becoming frustrated in her aim to start a family. At first, Mark was very understanding, but as Katie’s spending and behaviour grew more excessive, he reminded her to take it easy and that with her marriage vows she had agreed to honour and obey her husband.
September 2nd, 2016
A student gets what she really needs to help her with her studies. By a new writer to us.
Growing up, my Mom managed the Dairy Queen (DQ) in my home town. I played Pop Warner football when I was 12 years old. Normally, we had practice on Mondays after school. One Monday morning, the coach’s son let me know his Dad had to make an emergency trip out of town and practiced was cancelled.
Our house was only a few blocks away from school and I got home about 3:15. My mother usually worked until at least 5:30 pm. She did not like phone calls at work and being home early was not anything I needed to let her know about. Shortly after getting home, I was in my room and heard my Mom come through the front door. I started to come out of my room and I could hear she had someone with her.
June 17th, 2016
A journalist investigates attitudes to corporal punishment.
My name is Claire Cooper. I am a retired journalist, and I was browsing through some early papers from my career when I chanced to come upon an interview I did as a trainee back in the early sixties. The magazine I worked for was doing a series of interviews on ‘ordinary family life’. I was sent to interview a lady who had agreed to talk about her experiences and her views on corporal punishment or ‘a smacked bottom’ as it was referred to in those days. As you can imagine, I was very nervous as this was one of my first assignments. This is the transcript.
June 14th, 2016
A period piece with an American setting
By Jane Fairweather
It was a dream; of course it was a dream, but it was so vivid. Lucille was on the deck of the schooner (she knew enough about sailing ships to know it was a schooner). The sails had been furled, presumably by the pirates, and the schooner was tied to the larger pirate vessel, which still had its guns protruding from its side. The valiant little crew of the schooner were all dead and lying there on the deck. Some were covered in blood. Some were not covered in blood. Lucille noticed there were nooses hanging from one of the masts. Presumably they had been hanged by the angry pirates, who she could hear muttering that these idiots should have surrendered and not given them such a fight and the pickings were not worth the effort, let alone the loss of their captain. Then someone was asking what should they do with the girl, which was her, presumably. Then another someone was saying that they might as well have their fun with her. And then a voice with the sound of authority in it, it sounded very like her father, was saying that sort of fun always caused trouble; but they would have a different sort of fun with her. Then they were rigging a plank over the side of the schooner and were pushing her towards it and pricking her backside with a cutlass. Then she was out on the plank and it was bending under her weight; and then she was falling…
June 14th, 2016
A daughter in law pays the penalty for damaging a car
By Paul S
Martin was married to Louise and they were a couple in their mid-fifties, happily married with two adult children, Craig and Charlotte, who now lived on their own, plus their sheepdog Poppy.
Craig had married Daisy about 6 months ago, and she was a charming and delightfully fit young girl who frequently popped round to see Martin and Louise in her Toyota Yaris, which Martin had let her have when he upgraded his wife’s car a year ago.
Martin was mad about cars, and recently changed his ageing classic TT Roadster for a brand new hard top TT sport in white. He spent hours cleaning and polishing it, and trying out all the optional extras, like the phone links, stereo system and additional driver features of his new £30,000 car.
June 8th, 2016
Two student lodgers learn the hard way they need to obey their landlady’s rules
By Kane Strokes
Many months had past since Helen’s daughter had left home as a married woman. Pleased and happy for her daughter, Helen missed the noise, the chatter and laughter that young women bring into a house, and this house was demanding those features of life.
The house was ideally set, less than fifteen minutes walk from the university, but only yards from open country and, better still, only a short drive to sun, sea and sandy beaches, when there was a summer to enjoy such features.
Helen no longer had to work. She filled her days doing the things she wanted to do, gardening, walks in the country, days out to places of interest, and of course some retail therapy. It was on such a therapeutic day, taking a break with morning coffee, she over heard a conversation between two students sat behind her. Their language was colourful, to say the least. When you stripped away the expletives, their topic of conversation was the high price of lodgings in or close to the university. An idea was born.
May 31st, 2016
A friend’s father comes to the rescue when a little discipline is needed
By Lorna Brand
Heather stood dripping wet, fresh from her shower, ruffling through her drawers on the morning of her twentieth birthday. Her long dark hair clung to her back, dropping beads of water that trickled their way down to the carpet. She was still living at home although her parents were at work and she had a big day ahead.
Heather had been contemplating about her living arrangements for some time now. She had been trying to save up so she could move out into a small place with her best friend, Holly, but that was easier said than done. Heather had a part time job even though she was still attending college, so it’s not laziness that is her downfall but every time Heather got her pay cheque, instead of leaving a portion in her account or putting some of it aside, she managed to waste it. She was terrible at not paying attention to her spending habits. If she wanted a little treat or couldn’t resist a sale, she never thought about it. She never bought anything extravagant, just twenty or thirty pounds here and there, which was her justification, but it added up fast and as Heather never kept track, she inevitably found she had shopped her way into her overdraft before her next pay came around.
May 23rd, 2016
A new girlfriend oversteps the mark and gets a firm hand
By Paul S
Steve had met his new girlfriend, Lorraine, at work after his previous relationship had ended six months ago. He had been at a business meeting at her store, when she walked in and took an immediate shine to him. They exchanged details and started seeing each other.
Both Steve and Lorraine were in their forties and currently single. Lorraine was a trim 36-30-38 with a well-rounded bottom and smartly dressed. Steve was a spanker but was happy to have a ‘vanilla’ relationship with Lorraine initially. He was secretly hoping she would turn ‘fruity’ in due course, but had an open mind on the matter as he didn’t know if the relationship would work.
May 19th, 2016
A husband gets to the bottom of his wife’s spending
By Paul S
Andrew and April were an upper class couple in their mid-thirties, living in a modern flat in Battersea, London. Andrew was a financier in the city, and April a human relations consultant for a large PLC company, also in the city.
Andrew was of medium build and quite handsome, whilst April was attractive with ash blonde hair, and a trim 36-28-38 figure. April spoke with an upper class accent as she had been to finishing school in her early twenties, and also rode regularly at a local stables, a little out of town in urban Surrey.