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Short Stories by T&L Readers

Epsom, Sutton & Cheam Time & Leisure teamed up with Sutton Writers’ Circle and Waterstones bookshop, Sutton to launch its first Short Story Competition. Below are the entries from our readers.

Henry C. Combe, Friday 27 June 2014

The other day I went up to a local Christian bookstore and saw a ‘Honk if you Love Jesus’ bumper sticker.

I was feeling particularly joyful that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir practice followed by a powerful prayer meeting, so I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper...

This winning entry to Time & Leisure’s short story competition was written by Henry C. Combe

Read more: Grandad Drivers (winner)

Martin Goss, Friday 27 June 2014

He hadn’t seen her for over twenty years.

From a distance he wouldn’t have known her, but close up he knew; that smile could still hold him. He didn’t know the man she was with, but why should he. Maybe it was her husband, the one after him, they looked like a long time married couple, comfortable without saying too much...

This runner-up entry toTime & Leisure’s Short Story competition was written by Martin Goss

Read more: Moving On (runner-up)

Rubina Kitching, Friday 27 June 2014

My father loves to talk and has a lifetime of stories to tell in the sort of laboured way reserved only for the older generation.

I needed to talk with him now more than ever because his memory is fading and, with it, tales of our past...

This runner-up entry to Time & Leisure’s Short Story competition was written by Rubina Kitching

Read more: Destiny Tea (runner-up)

Jules Chatelier, Tuesday 25 June 2013

Three minutes to seven. George always arrived home at seven. Arthur was very clear about this. He had little else to think about most days.

The pain in his legs so intense he could barely get up, let alone walk. Weekdays felt endless. He would drift into dreamless sleep for what seemed like hours only to discover that just a few minutes had passed. He would wake, continue to watch whichever channel George had left on TV that morning and then count the hours until he returned. Arthur was tired; so, so tired...

This winning entry to Time & Leisure’s short story competition was written by Jules Chatelier

Read more: Waiting For George (winner)

Jeremy Golding, Thursday 10 May 2012

The bees were there when we decided to buy the house.

Mary and I stood together on the lawn, the estate agent out of earshot on the patio, and we talked about the finance. The money her grandmother had left her, a small pot of savings we had built up together, the prospect of a promotion and pay-rise at work: it just about added up...

This winning entry to Time & Leisure’s short story competition was written by Jeremy Golding

Read more: Bees In The Garden (winner)

Louise Hayes, Thursday 10 May 2012

I lie with my cheek on the smooth, cool glass, curled up in a gap of space, almost as small as myself.

The glass flows around me. I am part sitting, part lying, my bare feet pushed into the rounded teardrop bottom. Sometimes I study the flaws and bubbles in the glass. There’s a big one that creates a little mini-rainbow, when the sun hits at just the right angle...

This runner-up entry to Time & Leisure’s short story competition was written by Louise Hayes

Read more: Bottled (runner-up)