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The Abduction (III)

He could no longer follow the well-crafted sentences of the book. His eyes read and re-read the same words over and over as if he had suddenly become drunk. 

Intoxicated would be a better word.

He desperately wanted to lift his eyes to see her. That old unsure voice, the one that never allowed him to make the first move, however, was moaning at the back of his mind.

What if I lift the book up so that I can see her over the top of it, he thought. That would seem more confident. Surely?

The moaner inside shrugged at the compromise.

Without looking up, he took a quick slurp of his warm tea and then, as calmly as he could he sat upright in the wooden chair, with the book in front of his face like a shield. 

He felt like a spy following a mark.

Shaking the silly thought from his head, he casually lowered the book a fraction to allow his gaze to flow over the top.

‘Hi, I’m Misha,’ the girl told him sweetly, from the vacant seat across his table.

He confidently replied by dropping the book and knocking over his tea.


About Chris42

I am a liar! A maker-uper of stories! If this was the 16 (c) I'd be burned as a witch. Fank goodness it is not, eh?! I have four children: two wonderful girls, a fantastic lad and Leeds United. I have no strict genre. I write children's poetry and stories, to edgy, stronger themes. Up until now I have stored them for my own and my family's viewing. Last year i thought bugger it and starred in several short films. One, Playground, which is on the BBC Film Network, used the monologue that I wrote for the audition. You should've seen the face of the receptionist, of the Manchester hotel, where the audition was being held, as I turned up dressed as the psychopath, Gordon. It got the desired effect! I then moved up to Cumbria and wrote and appeared in several live performances on stage. 2012. A local artist, Kayleigh Richardson, commissioned me to write a poem for her to paint a representation. I sent her, The Rise of the Robot Monkey Army. Kayleigh painted a fantastic piece that blew my mind! From that we are collaborating on the Jacob Bear series of stories. Oh and Two's Company is to published, along with seventeen other Sci Fi short stories as part of a collection. Not a bad start to the, so called, last year of the Earth. Now is the time to show the rest of you. I take my themes wherever i see them, whether in reality or dream-world. I hope you enjoy. If not tell me why. If so tell me why. Many thanks and be safe. So far I have published: Jacob Bear's first Christmas,https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007GK872A (UK) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007GK872A (USA) Jacob Bear Goes to School https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007JD3OKY (UK) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007JD3OKY (USA Jacob's First Words https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007VZWPSC (UK) & http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007VZWPSC (USA) Space Here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007H96M90 (UK) &http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H96M90#reader_B007H96M90 The Rise of the Sponge Cake Moon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007WWZ16M (UK) & http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007WWZ16M (USA) © Madstoffa, 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.


13 thoughts on “The Abduction (III)

  1. 3 suggestions for you

    1. Get a collection of your poetry together, send to publishing houses.

    2. Do the same thing with your short stories.

    3. Tell me what an excellent pal and exciting wingman I am.

    Posted by Tosha Michelle | April 6, 2016, 1:55 pm
    • Great advice for this writer. As an author and editor I just logged on to give pretty much the same advice. Do an Anthology of short stories and flash fiction. Organize your poems into sections under a related topic and format them in categories with a catchy title for each section, using your best stuff first–maybe 6-8 sections per volume. Finally, the ultimate challenge … take one plot idea and let it take life, grow, spread wings and soar, blossom into a full book. You’ll need some guidance along the way and an editor/proofreader at some point, but to let your genius and creativity wilt on the vine will only bring you sadness … someday.

      Posted by bowmanauthor | April 6, 2016, 2:27 pm
      • Thanks for backing me up. 🙂

        Posted by Tosha Michelle | April 6, 2016, 2:37 pm
      • Writers helping writers is what it’s all about. That way the cream rises to the top. It’s sad that there are so many self-published books out there that are un-edited, filled with errors, and plots that go nowhere. I guess I’m on a one-woman crusade to define and refine the writers of American and globally. (My blog was read in 86 countries last year … blew my mind!). Since I edit for everyone else, I don’t get enough time to promote my own material, but I’m getting a little assistance now so I hope to change that in the next year. Like, cpsingleton here, I’m no young chicken. lol Thank you, Michelle, for contacting me. Can’t wait to see your blog!

        Posted by bowmanauthor | April 6, 2016, 4:28 pm
      • Couldn’t agree more!!

        Posted by cpsingleton42 | April 6, 2016, 7:27 pm
      • Just looked at your site. Beautiful and we have much in common. I too am a dabbling artist, a musician of many years (piano, Celtic Harp, Troubadour Harp, Sax, Guitar, and the instrument God gave me … my voice). Connected on Twitter. Hope to hear from you.

        Posted by bowmanauthor | April 6, 2016, 4:37 pm
      • It’s always wonderful to connect with like-minded people.

        Posted by Tosha Michelle | April 6, 2016, 4:47 pm
      • How nice to see two folks connecting!

        Posted by cpsingleton42 | April 6, 2016, 7:26 pm
      • I will do just that. Fanks to you both.
        I have just finished 111,000 word Merlin Awakes! Book One: Sacrifices and have started sending it off. One rejection so far. Their loss.
        Fanks again to you both. Your continued support is massive to me. Xx

        Posted by cpsingleton42 | April 6, 2016, 2:42 pm
      • So glad to hear you already have a manuscript finished! Has it been professionally edited? One rejection is nothing. Used to be 20-30 years ago, before the digital Internet/Social Media age, that 21 rejections were expected before you even got a bite (odd that it was estimated as 21, an odd number…oh, well). Now it’s estimated 100’s of rejections are expected because there are so many more books on the market. That’s why so many people are doing self-publishing. The problem with that is marketing and distribution, and no matter the advantages (there actually are some) big publishing houses still look down on self-published books and even refuse them. If you would like to send me the first chapter (livinginashadow@outlook.com) I’ll do a gratis proofread and critique, giving you an honest opinion. Merlin is one of my favs! Best of luck!

        Posted by bowmanauthor | April 6, 2016, 4:22 pm
      • How lovely of you! I will do just that. It’s always great to get another opinion.

        Posted by cpsingleton42 | April 6, 2016, 7:29 pm
    • You are an excellent wangman! Fanks.

      Posted by cpsingleton42 | April 6, 2016, 2:39 pm

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