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Tricky Ending

He’d been slavishly working on his first book for months now. Every spare moment he got out of work, he was tapping away on his laptop. The story he had ended up with was a long way from the one he had set out to produce, but the ending to the story was impossibly hard to write.

He put the laptop down on the banister to close the door behind him, and then turned and watched in horror as he knocked it off and saw it bounce down the stairs.

Definitely not the ending he was looking for at all.

Kev Neylon Merits

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I Didn't Do It

That positronic cannon blast had been too close for comfort. He knew he could smell singed metal as he breathed.

He’d no idea what the LEO cruiser had fired upon him for. As far as he knew he’d broken no laws, and there were no intergalactic warrants out against him.

His ship dropped like a stone after being fired upon and landed hard, almost wedged between two buildings. He scrambled out the back of his craft and saw the problem. Someone had scrawled the treasonous words ‘Kill the Emperor’ across the tail.

The LEO cruiser didn’t miss a second time.

Kev Neylon Merits

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On Reflection

Sara leaned closer, raising an eyebrow at her reflection in the cheval mirror. There was something decidedly off about her complexion this morning and her hair appeared shorter.

Sara blinked her right eye, then her left, licked her lips and blew a soft whistle. Raising her right arm, she stretched to the ceiling. Letting it drop, she did the same with her left.

"Enough of this messing about, let's get moving," stated her identical twin from the other side of the empty mirror frame, "and whilst we're out, let's get a new piece of glass for this stupid old mirror!”

Office Furniture

She’d sat still for too long. She tried to pick her arms off the desk only to find they wouldn’t move. It wasn’t just a case of her skin sticking to the wood, her arms were actually embedded and intertwined with the desk.

She tried wrenching her arms away by standing up, only to find she couldn’t stand either. Her thighs and buttocks had become one with the seat, and her skirt appeared to be sewn into the fabric of the office chair.

She looked around for help, but everyone else was the same. The office had assimilated them all.

Kev Neylon Merits

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Dealing with Apartheid

“You’re looking very happy.”

“Yeah, I’m still elated that apartheid has ended.”

“Everybody is.”

“But I’m particularly pleased because I never knew where I was meant to sit.”

“I know what you mean, nobody really thought about how apartheid was going to affect us zebras.”

“Anyway, they’ve changed the system so now nobody cares if you’re black or if you’re white, apparently everybody’s to be considered grey.”

“That’s all well and good but I’ve been told that there’re fifty shades of grey.”


“Well, it seems that all the light greys have to sit at the back of the bus.”

Ken Magee Merits

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Since moving house he had noticed that he had been going to the local church more and more than at any point in his life since his teenage years, when he had drifted away, no longer believing in God, thinking history and science were the much more likely outcomes.

Yet in the last couple of years, he had found himself in the local church on a regular basis, and there were always lots of people there.

Borough council, county council, general elections, referendums, police commissionaires… there were always lots of reasons to nip into the local church and vote nowadays.

Kev Neylon Merits

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I’ll tell you from the off that I’m a thief. You can’t say I’m dishonest.

Look, it’s a hobby of mine. Just like you might get a kick out of watching football, or going to the cinema, or philately. (What? Just because I’m a thief, it doesn’t mean I don’t know words.)

I’m stealing from you right now. You, dear reader, are my victim. Come on, how many criminals are as honourable as I?

Yeah, so it’s a hobby, a pastime, and it kind of turns me on too, knowing that I’m stealing your time as you read something inconsequential.

Jonathan Hill Merits

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I Spy A Spider

He had woken up that morning and could see something out of the corner of his eye. When he tried to concentrate on what it was, it seemed to move out of focus and slip away from him.

It seemed like it was the legs of a spider, slowing moving its legs around, and it felt itchy as hell. He had rubbed his eyes, but it seemed to have split the vision up and there was now more in the corner of his eye.

He looked in the mirror and saw the problem. There WAS a spider in his eye.

Kev Neylon Merits

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He spent most of the afternoon carving the arms, legs, and finally the head off his friend. The mess was delightful to him, the satisfaction bigger than he'd hoped.

His mother turned over on the sofa, flicked the TV off and held her head, lifting and shaking the empty can.

“Jack, leave that knife alone. And your toy… That cost good money.”

Jack smiled and laughed, then threw the head at his mother. She laughed and tossed it back to him, then turned back over to resume sleep.

Jack stayed sitting upright, his smile in place for several hours more.

Jonathan Hill Merits

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Incident At Lunch

The couple sat having lunch, watching as the man ran down the steps of the bank and threw the cash bags into the open hatchback, as nearby an old man played guitar badly.

Policemen stood and watched, holding onto their designer branded shopping bags.

Newspapers the following day had many headlines.






Kev Neylon Merits

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