Short Stories & Flash Fiction
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Off The Edge Of The Map

‘Leave me alone ya bastard!’

Henry’s words bounced off the cave walls harmlessly, much like the driftwood had, and the empty whisky bottle had months before.

Despite the projectiles, his reflection continued staring up from the shallow pool at his feet. Slightly warped and vaguely true to likeness.

‘You’re the one who wanted to chase after princesses,’ it pointed out. ‘I was quite happy on a street corner with my lute.’

‘You and your lute were shite,’ Henry spat. ‘We barely made a crown a day.’

‘Perhaps,’ shrugged the reflection, ‘I wasn’t stuck on an island alone though. I could take a break whenever I wanted, speak to whoever I wanted.’

‘But you didn’t.’

‘But I could have.’

‘But you didn’t.’

‘I almost did once.’

‘No you didn’t!’

Henry spat in the pool and sat down beside it.

‘Happy, fucking, ever after,’ he muttered.

‘Still blaming you,’ the reflection replied.

Writing Prompt 6

Writing Prompt From The Story Shack

If you’d like to read something a little longer I’m working on redrafting my Safe Haven series. In the meantime Solitary Creatures is also available and a fifth installment is on the way some time this month.

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Carol Forrester is a writer trying to be a better one. She’s currently working on a poetry collection 'It's All In The Blood'. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon. More recently her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.

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