Lost in His Safe Place

Nicole J Simms/ August 30, 2020/ Stories/ 0 comments

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Johnny tentatively walks up to the two ladies sitting behind the main library desk: one lady has black braids pulled up into a ponytail, and the other has shoulder-length curly brown hair. He doesn’t recognise these librarians, but they could still help him. The brown-haired lady pushes her spectacles up her nose and studies Johnny. She reminds Johnny of his

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Why Should I Wear a Mask?

Nicole J Simms/ August 29, 2020/ Published/ 0 comments

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‘Why Should I Wear a Mask?’ is a 100-word short story. John refuses to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, but his decision is something he may live to regret. The story was written for the Friday Flash Fiction’s Edinburgh Festival Competition. I didn’t win the competition, but my story was published on the website — all accepted entries

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Cake for a Neighbour

Nicole J Simms/ August 2, 2020/ Stories/ 0 comments

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‘I’ll make a cake. That’s what I’ll do, and I’ll make it now.’ Sally rushed into the pantry, pushing pots and pans aside. Where was it? Oh, she really did need to sort out this pantry. ‘Aha! Here you are.’ She grabbed the round baking tin and pulled it out from under the clutter of pots and pans. Yes, when

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She Torments Her

Nicole J Simms/ May 31, 2020/ Stories/ 0 comments

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Clunk! Creak! Clunk! Creak! Clunk! Creak! Someone’s shuffling towards Janet’s bedroom door again. Janet knows it’s not her husband — he’s working away. And it’s not her little Billy — he’s sleeping beside her. So it can only be the same person who visits her every night. Her husband doesn’t believe Janet, though. ‘She does it every night,’ Janet had

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