Caught drinking beer

Mr Harding parked the car in the driveway of his house. His head throbbed. It must be the flu, he feared. Better to leave the office behind, take a few aspirins and get into bed. He unlocked the front door. As he headed for the stairs he saw the door to the kitchen was ajar. … Continue reading Caught drinking beer

St Francis Grammar School – the compilation

As readers know one of my favourite subjects for stories is the old-fashioned English school. Masters prowl the passageways dressed in academic gowns and caps. They swipe whippy curve-handled rattan canes across stretched backsides. Sometimes the unfortunate victims have their trousers – or Glory Be! – their underpants at their ankles. My heart is racing … Continue reading St Francis Grammar School – the compilation

Out of the bushes and into the study

The headmaster was at his most sonorous. He was reading a list of names. “And finally, Upper Sixth: Hawkes! Those people are to report for detention straight after school.” Dr Hines peered along the row of senior boys but Hawkes was not present. “Creasey,” the headmaster moaned, “After assembly find Hawkes and tell him to … Continue reading Out of the bushes and into the study

The rental agreement

I sat alone in silence in my small rented room listening carefully for the sound of my landlord’s car. He had told me he would come around to see me about the rent I had failed to pay. It was true I had missed my monthly payment. It was the holiday season and there were … Continue reading The rental agreement

An unexpected lesson for Alfie

I’ll be glad when the holidays are over and my nephew goes back to college. He’s been staying with me because his parents have taken themselves off for a New Year’s cruise down to the Caribbean. Lucky them. It never occurred to me that Alfie would be so much trouble. He’s nineteen – twenty in … Continue reading An unexpected lesson for Alfie

Harry discovers he’s not too old …

The doorbell rang. Babs was flustered, she looked at the clock in the hallway. “Damn,” she said aloud although nobody was there to hear her, “She’s on time.” Babs wasn’t ready. Something had cropped up. Something unexpected. This really wasn’t a good time to have a neighbour call. She hurried down the hall and quietly … Continue reading Harry discovers he’s not too old …