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Best Sellers Chart – Short Stories << Back

This is a list of all the Best Selling short stories on YouWriteOn in Ratings Order (highest first).
1.
Silverfish
by C.S Ntumy Short Story, Teenage Fiction, General Fiction 06 May 2009
Maya is woken in the middle of the night by her twin brother, Miro. He's off on one of his adventures again, and, as usual, he wants company. Maya can't resist, but there will be consequences. After all, Miro's is a name that no one in her family dares to speak...

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2.
The Twelve-Fifty
by NA Randall Short Story, General Fiction 30 Aug 2011
A hip cat of a jacket tells his life story * contains sex scenes and swearing* This story (and 9 others) are part of the novel 'Trust No One' - see one-page synopsis

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3.
Births, Marriages and Deaths (part 2)
by Joe Miller and James Natto Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 09 May 2010
A themed collection of extra-short short stories. This is the second instalment.

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4.
Breathing (new version)
by Claire Whatley Short Story, General Fiction 20 Dec 2011
A ghost story. But is it a ghost that haunts Sue? Or just her guilty conscience?

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5.
Monkey Business (revised)
by Rosalind Winter Short Story, Children's Fiction, Comedy, General Fiction 14 Mar 2009
This is one of a series of short stories for reading aloud to children. Illustration by Amy Brindley of www.liquidize-art.co.uk

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6.
The Beast Next Door
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 20 Oct 2009
Gerald knew what was happening to his neighbour, but was he the best person to help her?

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7.
The Peter Chair (Edit)
by Jasper Dorgan Short Story, Literary Fiction 23 Mar 2009
A man. A chair. Another world. This story contains adult language.

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8.
THE STRANGER IN THE DESERT
by Jane Finch Short Story, General Fiction 03 Apr 2009
Endless days in the desert and a young camel boy considers his hopeless life, until he has a mysterious visitor.

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9.
Ants (revised)
by Claire Whatley Short Story, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 22 Jun 2010
Tash avoids one catastrophe, only to be confronted by another.

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10.
Bitters and Sockers
by Mick Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 10 Aug 2010
Ahmed writes about his summer job experience for his English GCSE coursework

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11.
Bunny Rabbits, Elves & Flowers
by A J Hudspith - (JohnnyVee) Short Story, Horror 15 Aug 2008
Orphaned in a land of low-flying dragons and smelly fairies, eight-year-old Melissa Grimforall decides to make a stand. - !ADULT FANTASY HORROR! -

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12.
Changes
by Lee Williams Short Story, Romance, Fantasy 21 Oct 2009
A short fantasy story.

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13.
Life Class
by Claire Whatley Short Story, General Fiction 01 Jul 2011
Judy loves her art class. But is it just for Art's sake?

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14.
My Turn to Speak
by Celia Micklefield Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 13 May 2010
Helen has been coping with John's habits for six years . . .

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15.
SKIN BOOK
by Dan Holloway Short Story, Literary Fiction 16 Dec 2009
She has never been touched by a living human being, and she writes her lonely memories in a diary harvested from her dead brother's skin. But now she is in love with a man who rides the subways stalking women he never touches. A love story designed to be read aloud.

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16.
The Bowels of the Earth
by Veronica Di Grigoli Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 28 May 2008
What does it feel like to be buried alive? My grandfather spent eight hours tunneling his way out of a collapsed coal mine with his bare hands. This is his story.

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17.
The Meter Man
by Celia Micklefield Short Story, Literary Fiction 17 Mar 2010
Since his retirement, Stuart has developed some annoying habits

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18.
The Scarlet Ribbon (revised)
by Rosalind Winter Short Story, Children's Fiction 02 Mar 2009
This is one of a collection of short stories for reading aloud to young children. Illustration by Amy Brindley of www.liquidize-art.co.uk

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19.
The Snip (Version 2)
by Perry Iles Short Story, Comedy, General Fiction 10 Jul 2009
The things we do for love, especially when we're purposely lulled into a false sense of security, sometimes come back to bite us where it hurts. This is a story about the sacrifice of manhood.

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20.
Death to DeVito
by Mike Hanson Short Story, Action, General Fiction 11 Sep 2009
A very violent story

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21.
How to catch a Mermaid (revised)
by Rosalind Winter Short Story, General Fiction 29 Aug 2009
This is from a collection of short stories called "Flotsam"which is aimed at my local (Cornish) tourist market, all involving the same setting and many of the same characters

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22.
Into the Dark
by Joe Miller Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 11 Jun 2009
Sometimes you can be in too much of a hurry. (This now appears in the OMSCWP 'Best of 2009' anthology. Available from Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1445735806/ref=sib_rdr_dp)

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23.
Passed Away (Revised)
by Karen Milner Short Story, General Fiction 05 Mar 2009
A short story about love and loss

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24.
Pig Party
by Cameron Deco Short Story, Women's Fiction, General Fiction 02 Apr 2010
Jase's past comes back to haunt him.

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25.
Resurrection
by Andrew Wrigley Short Story, Comedy, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 30 May 2009
Angels ask the strangest questions

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26.
SOLOMON SAYS: SMFA (rev)
by Timothy Saint Short Story, General Fiction 30 Jan 2011
‘Solomon Says’ is a collection of Modern Morality Tales comprising twenty short stories, each inspired by an Old Testament quotation from the Book of Proverbs – traditionally supposed to have been penned by King Solomon. The appropriate quotation is appended to each story, all of which are currently posted on YWO.

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27.
SOLOMON SAYS: Time For Reflection (rev)
by Timothy Saint Short Story, General Fiction 30 Jan 2011
‘Solomon Says’ is a collection of Modern Morality Tales comprising twenty short stories, each inspired by an Old Testament quotation from the Book of Proverbs – traditionally supposed to have been penned by King Solomon. The appropriate quotation is appended to each story, all of which are currently posted on YWO.

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28.
Wheezy Rider (version III)
by Jan Green Short Story, Adventure, Chicklit, Comedy, Romance, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 22 Mar 2008
George finally realises his life's ambition.

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29.
Clair de Lune
by Celia Micklefield Short Story, General Fiction 04 Jan 2010
An enigmatic stranger has an unusual tale to tell.

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30.
Darwin's Child, God's Child (short story)
by Jack Palache Short Story, Comedy, Literary Fiction 18 Jun 2009
Can you believe what you see? A play abridged into a short story.

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31.
Diminuendo
by Joe 90 Short Story, General Fiction 13 Nov 2008
Music is good for the soul

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32.
How To Pass PACES
by Richard Hurndall Short Story, Comedy, Literary Fiction 14 Jul 2009
A short story about passing exams.

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33.
Incompetent Crew
by Jo Reed Short Story, General Fiction 01 Jan 2009
When a lone woman in her fifties decides to rekindle her dream to learn to sail a yacht, things don't quite go according to plan.

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34.
POSTCODE (Revised)
by Kate Hanney Short Story, Teenage Fiction 02 May 2009
Postcode gangs, hoodies and knives.

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35.
Purple Rain
by Clar Ni Chonghaile Short Story, General Fiction 06 Sep 2011
Omondi is a security guard at a house in Nairobi. He is proud and diligent despite the disdain of the other guards in the compound. But one day, disdain turns to betrayal.

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36.
Reality TV
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 10 Aug 2009
Since Billy's dad died, every day had been a struggle. He just wanted a normal life and a night out with his friends was a start.

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37.
Restless Apple Jackson
by Lee Williams Short Story, General Fiction 16 Jun 2009
This is a rewrite of a story I first posted on this site last year. It is the tale of a 19th century farmer who declines to stay dead.

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38.
SOLOMON SAYS: The Post Office Job (rev) (formerly The Suicide Note)
by Timothy Saint Short Story, General Fiction 30 Jan 2011
‘Solomon Says’ is a collection of Modern Morality Tales comprising twenty short stories, each inspired by an Old Testament quotation from the Book of Proverbs – traditionally supposed to have been penned by King Solomon. The appropriate quotation is appended to each story, all of which are currently posted on YWO.

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39.
The Good Samaritan
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 10 Nov 2010
Mary was a good Samaritan, respected by colleagues and callers alike, until she discovered that charity begins at home.

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40.
The Open Arms Of The Sea
by Jasper Dorgan Short Story, Action, Adventure, Gay/Lesbian Fiction, Historical, Literary Fiction, Romance 04 Feb 2008
A story of bewilderment, soldiery and sacrifice set in British occupied Aden in 1965.

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41.
The Peter Chair
by Jasper Dorgan Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 26 Sep 2008
A man. A chair. Another world. Warning: This story contains explicit language.

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42.
The waves and the moon revised
by Sheralee Short Story, Fantasy 24 Apr 2014
Mrs. Sage is more powerful than she thinks.

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43.
Two Tales
by Lee Williams Short Story, Fantasy 04 Nov 2009
Two very short stories.

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44.
bcc:
by Daniel Lewis Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 30 Mar 2009
Infidelity and vengeance...via email. Please note: 'bcc:' has been abridged for this site. Feel free to email me for the full story.

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45.
Cut and Run
by Karen Snape-Williams Short Story, Historical, General Fiction 22 Nov 2009
My name is Jeremiah Jones. I ain't seeking redemption and not asking for sympathy. This is my story.

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46.
Fatima Saleh
by Alexander Ikawah Short Story, Literary Fiction 26 Sep 2012
A Somali woman in Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp turns down an offer of help in order to fight against her antagonists in her own way. In a society where victims are considered as guilty as their opressors, her choice has unexpected repercussions.

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47.
Limbo
by Andrew Wrigley Short Story, Literary Fiction 18 Sep 2009
A short story about the fear of parenthood.

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48.
Mer
by S J Marquardt Short Story, Fantasy 21 Nov 2009
Deep beneath the water, something is waiting . . .

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49.
Never Too Late
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 01 Dec 2011
Trapped in a loveless marriage, Dilly finds comfort in systems.

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50.
So Red (new edit)
by Claire Whatley Short Story, Women's Fiction, General Fiction 21 Jan 2011
Just when Alison thought everything in her life was hunky dory, she was presented with an unexpected surprise.

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51.
SOLOMON SAYS: I Should Have Told Her (rev)
by Timothy Saint Short Story, Romance, General Fiction 30 Jan 2011
‘Solomon Says’ is a collection of Modern Morality Tales comprising twenty short stories, each inspired by an Old Testament quotation from the Book of Proverbs – traditionally supposed to have been penned by King Solomon. The appropriate quotation is appended to each story, all of which are currently posted on YWO.

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52.
Sweet Liar
by Carlie Lee Short Story, Chicklit 20 May 2009
Ness' whole life is strung together on a lie; but who's the liar? A story about love and the value of truth.

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53.
The Kingfisher
by Andrew Wrigley Short Story, Literary Fiction, Thriller 01 Aug 2008
A short story of dog eat dog and fishing in the rain

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54.
The Last Ward
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 30 Apr 2009
Fran had to do her best for her mother, but there were others who needed her too.

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55.
The Special Years
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 26 Feb 2011
A story of childhood friendship

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56.
Tick Tock
by Anke Lovell Short Story, General Fiction 26 Sep 2011
Scenes from the life of a troubled child in the 1960s.

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57.
Warrior Mother
by Paula Daly Short Story, General Fiction 22 Jul 2009
2000 words. When you can't run and you can't fight.

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58.
You never dream of dying
by Joe 90 Short Story, General Fiction 08 Feb 2009
Music to die for. If you want the whole experience, cue the Nimrod variation from Elgar's masterpiece and read on.

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59.
A Cross by the Road (Revised)
by Dan Schuler Short Story, General Fiction 22 Jun 2008
A woman reflects on her past and her prospects for the future on the anniversary of the tragic accident that changed her life.

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60.
Clingfilm
by Franck Sligo Short Story, General Fiction 01 Nov 2011
Bernie finds her feet in small-town Ireland of yesteryear.

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61.
Considerate Vera
by Paula Daly Short Story, General Fiction 25 Aug 2009
An octogenarian and her carer get an adventure.

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62.
Heating the House
by Carola Hughes-Hartmann Short Story, General Fiction 13 Jan 2012
Who wins in the end - wife, husband, or stove?

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63.
I Think The Sun Is Shining
by Daniel Lewis Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 29 Oct 2009
A woman longing to remember. A man desperate to forget...

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64.
Men of Science
by Lee Williams Short Story, General Fiction 14 Jun 2009
A very short story about an 18th century reformer and a man on a pole.

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65.
Passing Fancies
by Lee Williams Short Story, General Fiction 03 Feb 2009
Two very different stories about Death, and the ways in which his rules may be circumvented by those lucky enough, or fictional enough, to do so.

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66.
Pastels at Dawn
by Celia Micklefield Short Story, General Fiction 15 Dec 2009
Young Maitre Andre struggles with his Wednesday afternoon painting class.

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67.
The Lesson
by Patricia L Harrison Short Story, Literary Fiction 12 Aug 2007
Edward is left pondering the future after a holiday to Egypt with his wife Dawn.

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68.
The Rainbow Seeds
by Beth Silver Short Story, Children's Fiction 03 Dec 2008
A short story for younger children, which I would like to become the text for an illustrated book.

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69.
The Thickness of Water
by Joe Miller Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 18 Aug 2009
Davy wasn't a professional fisherman. He just worked a few creels to keep his hand in.

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70.
The Venus Game (revised)
by Patricia J. DeLois Short Story, Literary Fiction 20 Apr 2008
A short story about sex and pinball.

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71.
Twice Bitten
by Tomas Coffey Short Story, Comedy, Literary Fiction 16 Aug 2010
Sixteen-year-old Conor discovers that this thing called Romance can cause serious problems.

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72.
Young, Gifted & Skinned
by Dante O'Donnell Short Story, Horror 28 Sep 2011
This is short speculative fiction. It is a sports based Faustian tale that was written for a specialist compendium.

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73.
Autumn Flush
by Andrew Wrigley Short Story, Comedy 11 Aug 2009
A small scale tragedy about the late flowering of a very English rose.

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74.
Battle of the Barbies (revised)
by Claire Whatley Short Story, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 12 Oct 2011
Cathy finds herself organising a children's Christmas party...

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75.
Cardiff Dead
by Kit Habianic Short Story, Action, Adventure, Literary Fiction 10 Jan 2008
A teenage Welsh soldier is posted to Iraq, where he meets a suicide bomber

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76.
Death by DeNiro
by Mike Hanson Short Story, General Fiction 01 Sep 2008
Introspective view of death and values

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77.
Dry-walling.
by Cobble Short Story, Literary Fiction 04 Jan 2007
Jim is getting on a bit but, despite his bad back, likes to keep his hand in at his old trade, repairing the miles of dry-stone walls on the bleak moors above his village. As he works his thoughts wander but keep returning to his wife who has developed a worrying lump under her arm.

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78.
Family Man
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 28 Nov 2009
We wanted a family, but at what cost?

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79.
Footprints
by Susan howe Short Story, Crime, General Fiction 02 Nov 2008
Who will protect you when the law is on the wrong side?

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80.
He sings because he is
by Joe 90 Short Story, Romance 27 Aug 2008
Rewrite of "Soliloquy for Two" incorporating many of the helpful suggestions supplied by my critics.

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81.
Helping Helen
by Keith Jackson Short Story, General Fiction 21 Jul 2010
Dan offers shelter to a girl during a storm and learns of her predicament... He offers to help her.

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82.
Hoarded
by Donna Kiernan Short Story, Thriller 21 Feb 2014
Show host Sienna Shaw made two mistakes. One cost the lives of innocents. The other was to stay when she should have run.

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83.
In the Wink of an Eye (a short story)
by Mark J. Howard Short Story, Science Fiction 21 Jan 2008
After a catastrophic accident in her laboratory, Professor Beck Palmer faces failure and a painful death, but is there more to her predicament than meets the eye?

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84.
Klingsor's First Summer (Revised)
by NA Randall Short Story, Literary Fiction 21 Jul 2009
A 16-year-old boy gets a summer job. A bully of a fellow-worker soon makes his life hell.

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85.
Pushing up the Daisies
by Carola Hughes-Hartmann Short Story, General Fiction 12 Mar 2012
Will Marguerite's goodbye be as colourful as her life? A short story about love, loss, and most important of all - laughter.

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86.
SOLOMON SAYS: The Blackmailer (rev)
by Timothy Saint Short Story, General Fiction 30 Jan 2011
‘Solomon Says’ is a collection of Modern Morality Tales comprising twenty short stories, each inspired by an Old Testament quotation from the Book of Proverbs – traditionally supposed to have been penned by King Solomon. The appropriate quotation is appended to each story, all of which are currently posted on YWO.

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87.
The Fifth Dare - A Short Story
by Tony Foster Short Story, Horror, General Fiction 24 Mar 2013
Stories are just dares in disguise, as any kid knows. Being six and being allowed to play out means having to prove yourself,till someone newer comes along to take your place. The old air raid shelter at the top of the street shows exactly where the limits of proving yourself are drawn.

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88.
The hundred and fifty-eighth book
by Kate A.Hardy Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 25 Jul 2013
Hamish, a failed poet and bookshop (about to be repossessed) owner finds his life changing dramatically with the discovery of a slim, red leather-bound book.

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89.
The Sour Jasmine
by Mona Yasir Short Story, General Fiction 25 Sep 2009
A woman remembers a mysterious childhood event and tries to make sense of it many years later.

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90.
Aiming for the heart
by Joe 90 Short Story, General Fiction 05 Nov 2009
Merry Christmas everyone!

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91.
An Ordinary Occurrence
by Moira Michelle Hues Short Story, Historical, General Fiction 22 Jul 2011
Collinsville, IL., a quaint midwestern town at the turn of the century. Nothing much happens around here. Summer days come by sluggishly, as people pass through on their way to the World's Fair. Collinsville is an innocent little town. Just ask Mr. Nielson, the storekeeper. He can tell you everything. You can trust him.

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92.
Coming of Age III
by Carlie Short Story, Chicklit 28 Mar 2008
The sudden death of her golden-boy brother leaves Kate staggering hopelessly against the weight of parental expectations. It takes an extreme ride to force her to grow up and face her demons.

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93.
Gardiane de Taureau
by Celia Micklefield Short Story, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 01 May 2010
The bull-run comes to Montalhan sans Vents.

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94.
I Know What It Is
by Claire Whatley Short Story, General Fiction 26 Jan 2011
A story about a dying man. And his sister.

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95.
Losing the Honour. (August 2011 Revision)
by Graeme Crawford Short Story, General Fiction 17 May 2011
Gambling addiction leads Jimmy Kerr, a professional golfer, into staggering debt. He becomes a gangsters' pawn, and it looks like he's prepared to sell his sporting soul during a big golf final. But will the broken fragments of a once happy family life be enough to save Kerr?

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96.
mighty like a rose (Who, me? revised)
by Steevan Glover (H.E Glover) Short Story, Literary Fiction 05 Sep 2008
A short story. A conversation about a life revealed. Read my debut novel, The frog and the scorpion, available now on Amazon.

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97.
Waiting for Diana (another revision)
by Claire Whatley Short Story, Women's Fiction, General Fiction 15 Sep 2010
The women of the village await a new arrival.

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98.
A Good Season for Oranges
by J. Browne Short Story, Literary Fiction 02 Aug 2013
A Victorian painter is planning his new work, but the model doesn't turn up. The day turns out to be unexpected, with interrupted sexual encounters and life-changing decisions. Written specifically for a themed competition, for which I got a prize.

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99.
After the Funeral
by B. Scott Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 03 Nov 2013
Cass's husband has just died and her family has come over to 'support' her.

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100.
Coastlines
by Tommi Short Story, Literary Fiction, Romance 18 Feb 2008
A Spanish civil servant plans to build a Chinese car factory to help save his home town. Part of a collection of short stories about love and identity in the New Europe.

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101.
Frank
by Gemma Marren Short Story, General Fiction 01 Aug 2011
A husband and wife sit and wait for the cremation of a man called Frank. As memories overwhelm her she reflects on her past and her future.

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102.
FRIGHTENING TIMES IN WANN NEBRASKA
by WARREN WASHBURN Short Story, Saga 03 Jul 2007
A 10 year old boy, living in a small village, seems to be scared of everything. 1940's, midwestern usa.

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103.
Love song for a cyborg
by Anekin Hal Short Story, Romance, Science Fiction 03 Apr 2013
Love song for a cyborg is a compilation of three short stories, The Cyborgs, The Makers and The Captors, which explore different aspects of love, cruelty and hope in a world not so distant in the future as we might want to believe.

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104.
Monday, Monday.
by Pam Howes Short Story, Romance 27 Jan 2010
Laura is on the move again. But was it a mistake to do it on Monday...?

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105.
No Time for Losers (revised)
by Claire Whatley Short Story, Women's Fiction, General Fiction 09 Mar 2011
Adam was such a bright boy. Where did his parents go wrong?

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106.
The Courageous Dream.
by Adrian Lynch Short Story, Fantasy, General Fiction 29 Jan 2012
What makes a dream courageous? Michael finds out the hard way.

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107.
THE CRYSTAL QUEEN
by M J SAXTON Short Story, Mystery, Fantasy 08 Dec 2007
In remote 1930's Lancashire a man lost in the fog seeks help at a mysterious mansion, but what will its occupant expect in return?

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108.
The Light from Stars
by Perry Iles Short Story, Historical, Romance 04 Jan 2008
The Australian Outback, 1952. Gavin Renshaw's fiancee, Ruth, has travelled across the world to work in the UK. As Gavin considers his options, the loneliness begins to sink in.

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109.
The Prize
by John P Short Story, Literary Fiction 05 Oct 2007
Edward, an 11-year old schoolboy, is excited by the news that his mother has won a television set. It is not enough, however, to distract him from an important decision he has to make that day.

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110.
Visiting Hours
by Jonathan Skinner Short Story, General Fiction 24 Nov 2012
There's trouble at the wine club when a new member joins...

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111.
A Good War
by Jasper Dorgan Short Story, Historical, Literary Fiction, Mystery 19 Nov 2007
Gretchen learns that wars make orphans. And sometimes heroes.

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112.
Fred and Maureen
by Mike Hanson Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 20 Mar 2009
Sometimes you don't appreciate what you've got until it's gone. A story about enduring love.

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113.
He Who is Drowned is Not Troubled By the Rain
by NA Randall Short Story, General Fiction 20 Apr 2011
A story about Chinese Revenge

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114.
Love Thy Neighbour
by Carly Tinkler Short Story, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, General Fiction 04 Apr 2012
When a new piece of play equipment is installed on the playing field behind Peggy’s house, life changes in unexpected ways.

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115.
Movin' On
by Thomas J. Winton Short Story, General Fiction 06 Jun 2010
Their marriage on the rocks, a husband and wife make a last-ditch effort to save it. They load their kids in the car, everything they own in a U-Haul trailer, and head for Florida, where they hope everything will be sunny, once again.

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116.
Other Interpretations (revised)
by S. Jensen Short Story, Literary Fiction 01 Jul 2013
An inexperienced male therapist struggles not to panic when a session with a defiant new female client gets out of hand. But the way in which the session ends is beyond either’s control. This short story explores such themes as existential angst and addiction to technology.

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117.
POST APOCALYPTIC NORTH KOREA- A LOVE STORY
by Bill Scott Short Story, Comedy, Gay/Lesbian Fiction 19 Jan 2014
Just your everyday post-apocalyptic interspecies love story.

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118.
Raindrops on Roses
by Brian Doswell Short Story, Romance 26 Sep 2007
Raindrops on Roses is a short story inspired by a very wet and dreary night spent in a less than pretty part of town.

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119.
Rose
by Kate A.Hardy Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 28 Jan 2014
Harry, Rose-grower and escapee from insurance-selling, ponders on his failed relationships. After watching a certain film, he is inspired to make good his past errors, and follow his heart.

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120.
Showing Them
by Lexi Revellian Short Story, Literary Fiction 07 Feb 2007
Lily is incensed by the latest rejection of her novel...a short story.

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121.
Symbolic Behaviour Emporium
by Cope - Walker Short Story, Comedy, Science Fiction 03 Jun 2008
Augustus Podd is a salesman of the near future who is less than successful. Until, that is, he discovers a wonderful new technology which threatens to turn his career around. Unfortunately, Podd is a man cursed with bad luck and soon discovers every silver lining has a black cloud.

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122.
THe Bridge at Little Taper
by T. Saull-Hunt Short Story, General Fiction 17 Dec 2008
A little tale about life and death. Only 2500 words, so even if you think it's garbage, it won't waste your time.

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123.
The Flesh-eating Diplomat from Outer Space
by Mark Lloyd Short Story, Children's Fiction, Comedy, Science Fiction 04 Jan 2010
Yet again, Earth is threatened and Granddad has been kidnapped. Can Robert and Angela defeat the Zarqon invaders and rescue Granddad before humankind is made into soup and sandwiches? Silly, fast-paced, a little dark and a little funny.

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124.
The Visionary
by John P Short Story, Literary Fiction 10 Aug 2007
An elderly artist receives some unwelcome attention.

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125.
Aisling at sunset
by Martin X Short Story, Literary Fiction 28 Aug 2013
A man hidden in the dunes watches a woman on horseback riding along the seashore.

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126.
Fly On The Wall
by Lisa May Short Story, Chicklit, Literary Fiction, Saga, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 07 Oct 2010
Hazel, addicted to reality television, takes on more real life drama than she bargained for when a fascination with her new lodger’s Casanova –like tendencies lead her to stray into murky moral waters. (A short story)

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127.
Friends of St Francis
by Alan D Harris Short Story, Comedy, Historical, General Fiction 03 Nov 2013
Senior schoolgirl Betty Maguire remembers an episode in her coming of age in wartime Bristol. One of a series of cameos related by Betty

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128.
How to Catch a Mermaid (new version)
by Rosalind Winter Short Story, General Fiction 27 Mar 2013
Two boys play an age-old trick on their little sister, which brightens a old woman's last hours.

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129.
Love, Revenge and Limoncello (a short story)
by K Johns Short Story, General Fiction 29 Aug 2013
A chance encounter on the Amalfi Coast rekindles the rivalry between two women

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130.
Olive Tree at Sunset
by Kate Fereday Eshete Short Story, Literary Fiction 04 Jun 2012
A man is on the run after escaping from prison in Lalibela in the northern Ethiopian Highlands. They say he committed a gruesome murder. With the militia in pursuit, he seeks refuge in an old woman's hut.

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131.
Resurrection
by Josie Henley-Einion Short Story, Gay/Lesbian Fiction, Literary Fiction 11 May 2007
Nell works as a computer programmer and statistician in an NHS Trust and discovers that her manager is committing fraud by manipulating figures to fit targets. Revised short story previously posted on YouWriteOn as ‘Death and Resurrection’.

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132.
The King of the Castle
by Julian Green Short Story, General Fiction 14 Jan 2011
Bernard returns from a hasty wedding to discover the third member of the marriage.

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133.
A Gift of the Gods
by Gordon Knight Short Story, Literary Fiction 22 Feb 2008
Eddie Frowd's fascination with a lady's corset results in an encounter he will never forget

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134.
AFTER THE TONE (Short Story)
by P M Wilson Short Story, General Fiction 28 Mar 2013
1 of 16 short stories. Jack, 45 years married, buys an old fashioned telephone answering machine because he dosn't want to hear any more condolences after the car accident. What he does hear... is shocking.

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135.
Encore!
by Mark Frankel Short Story, Crime, Thriller 17 Jan 2007
Billy Frisco couldn't believe it when he took the call. They'd been safe in Brazil for the past 10 years and had returned to Paris only because Lisette's mother was dying of cancer in the hospital at Neuilly. But there was no mistaking the voice of Detective Sergeant Jack Smith.

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136.
Finger in the Dial
by Ray Forder-Stent Short Story, General Fiction 13 Nov 2011
An old lady views the street from her living room and is glad to be in touch with the world as she reminisces and relates her thoughts.

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137.
Flash Four
by Susan Howe Short Story, General Fiction 10 May 2013
Four disparate flash stories of not more than 500 words each. If you would rather read a novel opening or a longer short story, please pass - flash fiction isn't everyone's cup of tea. Many thanks if you choose to read on!

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138.
Have a Good Day
by Claire Whatley Short Story, Womens Fiction, General Fiction 25 Sep 2011
A story about how things can change.

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139.
Not Rodgers and Hammerstein
by Celia Micklefield Short Story, Romance 21 Nov 2011
Not your usual romance . . .

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140.
REYS
by S.D.Young Short Story, Literary Fiction 10 Jan 2008
REYS. The solitary innovator, the mindless vandal, nears the pinacle of his savage, reckless self-destruction. Set in Dirty Dublin City, Ireland.

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141.
The couch
by Kate A.Hardy Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 21 Aug 2013
Rock stardom, interior design through the decades, cats, death, sex, and psychoanalysis from a sofa's perspective.

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142.
Madame Roquet
by Karen Snape-Williams Short Story, Historical, General Fiction 19 Dec 2012
Edward travels to London to sample the extraordinary talent of Madame Roquet.

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143.
The Train Ride/The Landing Zone
by Robert N. Jennings Short Story, Horror, Literary Fiction 15 Jun 2006
Two stand-alone short stories: 1)A boy takes a train ride with his mother and just can't wait to get off; and 2)A veteran in the grips of Alzheimer's disease hatches a plot to defeat a fate worse than death.

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144.
Two Short Stories
by David Llewellyn Short Story, Comedy, General Fiction 12 Jun 2012
Story one. Mrs Murdoch is not happy so she writes a formal letter of complaint to God. In due course she is visited by the Archangel Ephrahim, from Customer Services. Story 2. Coriander Mason wants to be the best chef in the world. There is only one person in her way, and he loves her very much.

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145.
A Little Known Fact
by Dan Schuler Short Story, Crime, Mystery, Thriller 01 Feb 2008
John Shelton is a Detective with the Mobile Police Department. When a body turns up in a public park, there are few leads and no apparent motive. As he digs into the victim's background, however, he makes a discovery that will have a profound impact on his life.

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146.
Comforted by Darkness
by Lexi Revellian Short Story, Literary Fiction 08 Apr 2007
Joss encounters a mysterious stranger at a critical moment in her life...a short story.

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147.
Meeting Wayne Rooney
by Mark Frankel Short Story, Science Fiction 11 Nov 2006
Tom doubted that anyone would be interested in repairing Maryon’s old mixer, but in view of its sentimental value to his wife, he agreed to try. The new kitchen appliances factory certainly looked impressive and at least it would give him an opportunity to leave his business card.

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148.
Coma and Ashes Revised
by Cobble Short Story, Literary Fiction 22 Jan 2007
Coma - James lies in hospital after a road accident. Mum and Dad can only wait. Ashes - An old man suffers a stroke and is paralysed. He is unable to communicate with his friend Mary and the doctor certifies him as dead.

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149.
The Strangers
by B. Scott Short Story, Literary Fiction, General Fiction 03 Nov 2013
An old French woman sees her life change when new neighbours move in next door. Her disturbing past starts to haunt her again.

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150.
UNDYING LOVE OF A BROTHER (Revised)
by Warren Washburn Short Story, Action, Adventure 10 Nov 2007
A midwestern hunter gets caught in a blizzard. Can his older brother rescue him?

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151.
Family Values (Revised)
by Dan Schuler Short Story, Action, Crime, Mystery 12 Jun 2007
Tyler Brooks, III has grown up stifled by his overbearing, industrialist father. He has decided that it is time to get his name in print, but the method he has chosen is sure to leave his family embarassed for generations to come.

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152.
It's Not About You
by Danny Gillan Short Story, Mystery, Thriller 08 Nov 2006
Short story. Bad things happen to those who wait. Sometimes, the best friend a child has lives in that box in the corner of the room, or in the pages of that funny-book. Sometimes we should remember that, or at least consider it.

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153.
THE WANN GAMBLER
by Warren Washburn Short Story, Saga 26 Jan 2007
This short story shows what can happen to a family caught up in gambling.

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154.
Two Tales
by Martin Salter-Smith Short Story, Mystery 07 Mar 2006
A story of something that could happen to any of us, followed by a ghostly Scottish tale...

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155.
Question Time
by Ink Short Story, Comedy, Literary Fiction 02 Mar 2007
Shadow secretary of defence extracts information from the Prime Minister using a novel method.

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156.
At a Cinema Near You...
by Barbara Scott-Emmett Short Story, Literary Fiction 21 Jun 2006
Set in the late 50s early 60s when men got away with so much more... It's not really Lit Fic - but I had to tick something.

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157.
The Blue Dress
by Justine Windsor Short Story, Novel 06 Feb 2006
A short story inspired by real events reported in a Victorian newspaper. Contains some strong language!

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158.
The Plot
by Mark Frankel Short Story, Science Fiction 21 Jun 2006
When Dekker arrives on Mars, he find that only mining plots remain. He longs to return to the land and his neighbour, Mahler, has promised to sell to him when he retires. But Mahler’s son, on Earth, has a sheep-farm – and it has been hit by a deadly virus.

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159.
Footfalls - short story revised
by andtuck Short Story, Teenage Fiction 19 Feb 2006
Short story - young adults. Amy’s Grandfather was a fearsome figure who liked to beat his grandchildren with a cane. But the most frightening thing for Amy was the secret which lay beneath his built-up boot. This story tells the tale of her wicked curiosity and the truth about the man she fears most.

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