Coffee Break Tales : SHORT STORIES

Cup, Glasses, Book, Old Chair, Builds

A collection of very short stories for a coffee break.

"After removing his hat, scarf, and mantle he came to the front of the stage, settling his coat, pulling down his cuffs with their large cuff- buttons, adjusting his absurd sash. He had very ugly hair; the top of his head, that is, was almost bald, while a narrow, black-varnished frizz of curls ran from front to back as though stuck on."

(Thomas Mann - Mario and the Magician)

"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two equals four. If that is granted, all else follows."

"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."

(George Orwell - Nineteen Eighty-Four)

A Jester's Face

My name is Jeanette Hooper. I am thirty-two years old and a single mother. My boy Aaron , who is seven, is missing. I’ve been through hell ever since...

A Night at the Ranelagh Gardens

and now the night sky was buzzing with a wonderful party atmosphere.............
Cherry

Anyone for Trees ?

Something slightly suspect down in the wood...............

Cadfael's Song : Poison Chalice

Cadfael investigates................

Lana Turnbridge

Lana just needs a bit of encouragement.............

Marmalade

Marmalade was a grumpy cat. She had dark brown and ginger fur overlaid with gold. Mr. Malkin, her owner, was a kindly soul only too willing to do all...
Cherry

Pud, Sox and Co

Their crime simply part of what they had become........................
Cherry

The Bangor Witch

Rather a bonny face really, not ugly at all, not for a witch that is. But really that’s what Mary Thorn was - a witch. She’d always known she was...
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The Black Rose

A city like a zeppelin factory.... whose black-stained floors shimmered with oily rainbows.

The Cottage

I wasn’t sleeping very well. I had just moved in to an old Victorian cottage near Hexham in Northumberland. My picture framing business wasn’t doing...

The Duck Pond

Melanie and her dreams...........
Cherry

The Glass Dome

Romance beneath the Glass Dome

The Magic of Numbers

Trevor had always liked numbers. In fact he'd had a special gift for them right from being young. He loved the order in numbers, the symmetry, the...
Cherry

The Moving Pavilion

Trouble in store..............

The Song of Forgotten Places

"Be quiet, Ewan." "But, Eve, the coach has broken down. We are in the middle of nowhere." I was beside myself. I am seventy-five years old and I've...

Pearl

Pearl The alarm clock was ringing again. Pearl reached out to silence it. She hated mornings. She hadn’t really liked them when she was young, but...

PRIMROSE VALE

PRIMROSE VALE Primrose Vale was a very average street on the Bredon council estate. It was there Fred and Alma Covington had made their home. “This...

The Swarm

The Swarm They were everywhere. John Bullman had never known anything like it. Yes, there had been summers when there had been a few flies in the...

A Casual Murder

A Casual Murder Sheila Atkinson was busy at the moment. The company she worked for, ‘Paisley’s Furniture Covers’, had just mounted a publicity...
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Cherry

Encounter : Part One

ENCOUNTER : Part One Adam Kesteven was thirty-five and looking for a home. He’d been in the estate agents all day looking for a house to share with...

Encounter : Part Two

2 Encounter (The story so far) Adam Kesteven was lost on the road after his car broke down. He found a large house in the vicinity and called there...

Encounter : Part Three - Conclusion

3 Encounter : Conclusion (The story so far) Adam Kesteven was stranded on the road one night and ended up at Shaston House. There he met certain...

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash “This is a different kind of soup.” “I’ll try anything once,” said Gary to his mum. He ate the soup with gusto, thinking it had a...