Island Hideaway

Island Hideaway

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Island Hideaway 1 - Eye Opener

She opened her right eye a fraction. Not enough to see through, more as if testing whether she was alive or dead. If I hadn't been watching closely I...
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Island Hideaway 2 - The Island

My uncle won the island in a card game. It was the sort of island rich aristocrats would have at the bottom of their property portfolio and think...
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Island Hideaway 3 - An unexpected Visitor

The Boatman had been for the day, so I was alone, with no prospect of seeing another mortal soul until the Boatman returned the next day. If the...
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Island Hideaway 4​ - Scrambled Egg​

"You put me off my scrambled egg." Those was the first words Mo ever said to me. ​​ ​​I was a DJ on the University radio station, Shreek 963. We had...
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Island Hideaway 5 - Coma Hide and Seek​

"Is she dead?"​​ ​​"Of course she's not dead. Why would I bring you a dead body? She's in a coma."​​
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Island Hideaway - Chapter 6 Eddie

"This is crap," were the first words Eddie ever said to me. This was our second day at University, at the Clyne welcome disco (Clyne was our halls of...
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Island Hideaway 7 - Isolated Island, Population One​

My uncle died just as I finished university. When I inherited the island I was still looking for work and hadn't firmed up any plans for a career,...
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Island Hideaway 8 - The Good Thing About Mo​

The good thing about Mo was that she had a boyfriend, so we could just hang out together, we could go to the cinema, for a meal, spend a long day and...
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Island Hideaway 10 - Shipwrecks​

I sat by the bed and watched Mo’s prostrate body. She was breathing, the machinery told me, but not discernibly, there was no sound, no movement,...
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Island Hideaway 11 - The Finnish Scallop Industry

I had google to help me. I was a google addict anyway, it was my main source of information on all the things I wrote about, whether I was knocking...
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Island Hideaway 12 - A sponge but No Inflatable Giraffe​

When she'd been with me four days I finally worked up the courage to strip Mo naked. She was more than ready, her pyjamas were beginning to pong,...
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Island Hideaway 14 - the return of purple shirted hand-jive goth girl​​​

Her phone number wasn't totally illegible, there were only a couple of digits completely missing, the rest were readable or guessable. I spent the...
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Island Hideaway 15 - The Last Hand-Jive

We met at the Woodman pub, at the bottom of the road from Clyne Halls, a couple of nights later as planned and she ended up staying over at mine as...
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Island HIdeaway 16 - The Twitcher

It took me a while to truly believe that I had dodos living on my island, but once I had confirmed it was true I dedicated my time to finding out...
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Island Hideaway 17 - Basil Rathbone's Tortoise​​

"Basil Rathbone named his tortoise after my grandmother", Mo said to me once.​​​ ​​​"Did he?" I said.​​​ ​​​"I have my grandmother's word for it."...
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Island Hideaway 18 - Dog Blogging​

I tried to spend as much time as I could with Mo, reading to her, eating in front of her, talking to her, anything to stimulate her mind, if there...
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Island Hideaway 19 - The Leaving Gift​

I'd not seen Mo since she started her job. I'd barely had contact with her from that day until Eddie had turned up at in a private boat with her...
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Island Hideaway 20 - No Man is An Island (Except me)​​

Nobody came to visit me after I'd moved to the island. ​​​ ​​​For one thing it was hard to find. The island isn't on any maps. One of the previous...
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Island Hideaway 22 - Eye Opener

She opened her right eye a fraction. Not enough to see through, more as if testing whether she was alive or dead. If I hadn't been watching closely I...
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Island Hideaway 21 - new boat same Eddie​​​

Eddie returned one night about six weeks later. I rarely went down to the beach in the evenings any more, so I had no idea he was visiting until I...
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Island Hideaway 23 - Visiting Time

"I brought you a visitor", I said. Monty waddled into the room on cue. Monty was one of the dodos, the tamest of the bunch, he would often come into...
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Island Hideaway 24 - No Further Signs of Life

Mo was alive I was certain of it. I had seen her eyelids open.​​ ​​ But it had been four days and there was nothing else. I googled medical sites...
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Island Hideaway 25 - The First Signs of Life

Breathing. I could hear Mo breathing.​​ ​​ True, she obviously had been breathing all this time, she was alive, but only the bare minimum,...
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Island Hideaway 26 - Ikea Roast

During the three days that followed the breathing incident I left her room as little as possible. I moved my desk and computer into the room so that...
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Island Hideaway 27 - The Frank and Walters​

"Can I borrow your orange ski jacket?" I said to Kaz.​​ Kaz was the record librarian, a business studies student, all Dorset twang and cardigans, she...
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Island Hideaway 28 - Awakening

You're alive," I said.​ " What gave it away?"​​
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Island Hideaway 29 - Here Be Dodos

I was in Mo's room, writing an article and chatting with her. Suddenly there was an enormous roar which shook and reverberated across the island,...
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Island Hideaway 30 - Mystery Shopping​

Waking from a coma isn't quite as easy as Jesus raising people from the dead in the bible, where the dead are immediately up and running around,...
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Island Hideaway 31 - Clitoral stimulation and other puff ​

"What are you writing?"​​ ​​ "An article on clitoral stimulation for a sex therapy magazine." ​​ ​​ "No, seriously, what are you writing?"​​ ​​ "An...
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Island Hideaway 32 - Walkies​

I've been shopping I said​​ ​​ "Wow, it must be Christmas. My very own zimmer frame. How did you know, I usually get stuff I don't want, like...
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Island Hideaway 33 - Dodo love

The dodos loved Mo and everywhere she went she was surrounded by them. She didn't even need to bribe them with nuts.​ ​ It was helpful for me, as I...
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Island Hideaway 34 - dodo speak for folliage

In spite of the difficulties of the first attempt, Mo wasn't detered and slowly got further and further with each walk, it also became easier to move...
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Island Hideaway 35 - Occupy to Win​

The Magic Roundabout Appreciation Society always had their own table at the Student Union meetings, with six or seven of them, usually acting as a...
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Island Hideaway 36 - A walk along the sea front​

After a week of walking around the house, Mo had found enough strength to abandon her walker. ​ ​ "I think I'm fit enough to go outside now," she...
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Island Hideaway 37 - The Stranger

"Who's there?" I said again.​ ​ The figure was clearly visible in my torchlight, dressed in black and wearing a black balaclava. I clutched at a rock...

Island Hideaway 38 - The biggest war there ever was

Eddie returned a few nights later, unannounced as always. We were highly boat aware by this point and Mo had asked all dodos to look out for boats...

Island Hideaway 39 - Endings and beginnings

Mo left Eric the day he finished his final exam. "I didn't want to be the cause of his screwing up God," she explained. "You don't seem too...

Island Hideaway 40 - You can see the sea

I can't believe you own this island, it's beautiful. And you own the dodos. Every dodo in the world belongs to you.​ ​ No, I just own the island. The...