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Memorial in Mud

The only time I ever heard him raise his voice was when I tried to clean his boots. It was a few days after he’d come home, still wearing his fatigues. The only clean things he owned were the bandages

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Chance of a Ship

Every day I wonder how my life would have been if I’d got on the ship. I’d still be old now, but maybe I’d have had a chance to be young. I’d have exchanged this solid, predictable ground that’s been

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Icarus of Marylebone Road

You want to know about Nigel? Well, I’ll tell you what I can. I sat next to him in the office, but I guess you’re asking me because you already know that. It didn’t make me his best mate. It

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Olympian

They’d told Damian he should rest. Fat chance. It was when he caught himself trying to remember the last time he’d rested for a full day that he knew he couldn’t sit in his dad’s armchair for a moment longer.

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Mismailed

Hi Fred, I am writing to respond to your email that put an end to my life. Maybe you genuinely meant to send it to Naomi, but you didn’t. Instead of sending it to my wife, you sent it to

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The best cigarette of her day

The best moment of her day was the first draw on the first cigarette in her favourite seat with a full cocktail glass on her favourite table. She closed her eyes to savour it. She blew out the smoke slowly,

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Big Desk Gratitude

The CEO sat at his desk. A suited man came in and handed him a folder. “The report on the possible merger,” said the man. “Thank you.” The CEO did not look up. The suited man left, making sure he

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Jeff Comes Home

Zack left his flat and went down the stairs to find a stranger trying keys in the door below his. “Hey,” said Zack, “Are you moving in?” The man turned to him with a smile. “Yes, as soon as I

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The lady with the expensive-looking coat

Sharon heard a few strange questions working behind the counter, but this one was deceptively simple. The lady with the expensive-looking coat and the two miniature poodles had asked, “why do you come here?” Sharon looked round from cleaning the

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What Janine Forgot

Nicola was looking doubtful when the coach arrived at the stop. “Let’s go,” said Janine. “Are you sure?” asked Nicola. “Do you remember that time when we were on a coach that broke down? We were stuck on the hard

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