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Ricky is a Knight in Shining Armour

  Tuesday morning at nine thirty Ricky is returning from the post office, looked both ways, saw the gap and crossed the road. The Jaguar coming too fast honked but he was already stepping up the opposite kerb. Sitting nicely teed up on the grass verge he kicked the empty coke can twenty feet down the pavement, jumped up a bit and yelled “goal.” He caught up with the can, picked it up and lobbed it the six feet into the black metal bin with “rubbish” stamped on the front. Mouthed “goal” and turned left to cross the car park in front of the superstore. Ricky Delaney tall, fit and full of life. His dark hair quite long but styled to suit his masculine good looks. Thirty, single and as all will tell you, worth is weight in gold.   “Hey Ricky you’re a bit late today.” this is Mike wearing a pristine black and white striped apron and saucier navy blue toque flicking the onions caramelising on the hot plate, the burger van shrouded in that awesome slightly foggy, smokey, smell of frying

Michael Dodd

Sidney Brown struck the brass plate with the lion head knocker three times then stepped back about two feet. Only silence emanated from inside. Then he heard the muffled sound of a door open and shut. As the front door slowly opened he was suddenly immersed in a brief sensation of intense cold, an unseen blast that chilled his soul.  Nervously holding up his warrant card he said “Inspector Sidney Brown. Are you Michael Dodd?” “Sure. I’m Mike Dodd. How can I help you?” “I am making enquiries about an incident that has come to our attention and your name is involved. I was hoping you might be able to help. Can I come in?” “Sure.” Sidney hesitantly stepped into the eerily dark hallway of the large  Victorian building, its shuttered windows and steep, dark, tile hung gables adding an almost sinister feel. The door clicked shut behind him. A stained oak door with damage around the lock that had been hastily and inexpertly repaired. “Follow me please.” Passing the first door on the right Syd

Meat Loaf

                 Staring wistfully out of the bedroom window Winston listened to the hail and rain machine gunning the window panes. There was a lot for him to worry about these days. If the glass might smash was one of them. Watching the trees unnaturally bending was another and that made him shiver. Not to mention all the other things that persistently got him down. His face carried that lack of sleep look making him appear haggard. Were those worry lines? Or just the effects of age. With a quiet subdued voice aimed at the window, he said, “Sunday…. They’re coming today. I hope this storm won’t stop them. We’ve always looked forward to them coming.” Looking towards the bed, he continued, “I’ll go and make breakfast.” And slumped off down the stairs gloomily staring at the treads. The kitchen had an obvious woman’s touch but Sunday was traditionally his wife’s day off. A chance to rest from the stresses of ensuring a happy household while he went off to work. The gas ring flared