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Do not shed tears

(Villanelle) Do not shed tears when dreams have not come true. And don’t regret those moments that are lost. Regret stops heart from knowing what to...
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The Liberation of Stefan and Penka

We met in black and white. Four eyes peircing dirt and spiders‘ webs To escape their world behind the wood pile In the darkest corner of an ancient...
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Shakespeare Must Die Act 4 scs 1-3

Act 4 – 1606. Dr Faustus has just been published. Sc 1 The upstairs of the inn. Bacon, Donne and Jonson await the arrival of James. Jonson – And I...
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Cassiopeia (opening chapter)

This is the opening chapter/prologue for a longer story/novel that I'm working on. It's about a woman who looks back on a domestically violent relationship with a man who would eventually commit murder-suicide with their children, leaving her behind. I want to make sure the opening 1000 words is enough of a hook for the larger story, without giving too much away or being too expository of the later plot. Does this chapter do that well? Do I hit that balance well? Thanks!
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Longing

Birthed by the shadows, She, like lava, slips between them, A disturbance, A ripple, A distortion so small and basic and integral That perhaps it was...
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Dont say goodbye ( For Georgie)

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Don’t say good night Don’t leave my side If you must just remember I will turn into a butterfly. Don’t be sad Try not to cry This is not good bye It...
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Curtains

The cinema was in the basement of an imposing Art Deco building
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Shakespeare Must Die Act 3

Act 3 – 1603. Elizabeth is dead. She is succeeded on the throne by James VI of Scotland. Lady Herbert and Ben Jonson are upstairs at the inn. Lady...
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We Are Seacroft!

With my folks, I lived on top Of the North East Gas Board showrooms shop In a row of flats called Parkway Mews From which we had outstanding views Of...
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Storming

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Love, Rehab, and Mutant Turtles (Epilogue)

Previous Chapter Epilogue The recovery room was just as white and pristine as Nick had imagined it. Profound thirst gripped at his dry throat...
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Love, Rehab, and Mutant Turtles (6)

Previous Chapter 6. A Shit End to a Shit Date Nick floated beneath the churning water, trying not to imagine what manner of nasty was surrounding him...
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Shakespeare Must Die Act 2

Act 2 – Five years have passed – it is now 1598 Scene 1 Richard Burbage storms into his office, slamming the door behind him . Burbage R – Bastards!...
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Innocents

Nostalgic, twee and sentimental. No, you're quite right, best ignored. Image is free to use: created by Ixan Sinsuke, source pngitem.com
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Story of the week

Vermin

The gaunt old man in the pinstripe suit hovers over the microphone and starts speaking in a strange accent before they are ready. ‘It’s a ridiculous...
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Cherry

The streets

These streets are so full of junk it’s a miracle anything gets moving. These streets are so chock full of stuff that you cannot move for love nor...
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Love, Rehab, and Mutant Turtles (5)

Previous Chapter 5. Sewer Sirens Nick had been shot enough times to know that if he still felt the pain, it wasn’t as bad as it could be. Judging by...
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Washing Machine

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Eight weeks into lockdown

a retrospective
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