The New Norman by David Cook

Norman and Claire had argued on the way to the hospital and she’d ostracised him to an uncomfortable chair outside the delivery room. ‘Don’t you know the pain I’m in?!’ Claire had screeched as he tried to negotiate the A26 around Tunbridge Wells. ‘And you pick now to make that bloody stupid suggestion? No, Norman, …

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Golden Hoopoe by John Holland

He said I was the only person who’d asked about his eye. Tonight anyway. ‘One minute I had two eyes. And the next, one,’ he said, adjusting his black leatherette eye-patch. ‘Too near her young ‘uns. You know how protective the females are.’ ‘Eagle Owl in Finland?’ I asked. ‘Great Grey in Norway.’ ‘Still, you’ve …

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Hits & Mrs by Nikki Williams

Truth be told, though it was Eric’s doing, it was hardly his fault.  It was she, after all, who was late for her ‘August 22 @ 11:00am’ interview, retreating with a watery glare when the receptionist ignored her wheedling. Stomping dejectedly into the street, she slammed into Eric in a silky-smooth blur. When he straightened …

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