I believe passionately in the short story (by that I mean a story which  takes between and 6 and 18 minutes to read, though it should be read slowly!). Such stories should never be written by rote – they should have a deeper meaning, whether they are exploring a philosophical truth, an innate human emotional contour, a dramatic tympany or  … Keep reading

The Return

2,348 words
Reading time 7 minutes 50 seconds
There was something different. It did not bother him in the slightest – nothing did in this world – but he had to maintain a professional curiosity.
“Perform a Level D check on all systems,” he intoned evenly.
Six years, alone, hurtling through space in “The Wedge” had left him indifferent to … Keep reading

Meal with Heroes

Meal with Heroes
830 words
About 2 minutes 45 seconds to read.

It was a Bank Holiday Monday and everyone I knew was ‘off work’ – apart from me. It was in my early days as a country doctor, and I still resented the long hours on duty, at the beck and call of some 20,000 patients. Looking back, I … Keep reading

The Cougar

The Cougar
2,500 words
8 minutes and 30 seconds to read

I was born a city boy; more particularly, I was born a slum boy – a slum where I belonged, a slum in which I wallowed, a slum in which I thrived. I was happy there, surrounded as I was by friends and allies so that the stench, the … Keep reading

The Teapot

The Teapot
(1,063 words)
3 minutes and thirty seconds to read
Sadly this is a totally true story.
It was my early days in rural general practice, trying to do a job I found virtually impossible. I would see over 60 patients per day in my “surgeries” (clinics), we would do sessions at a local prison and at a local … Keep reading

The Spoils of War

The Spoils of War
(1815 words)
6 minutes to read

The fire spat its celebrations at the clear frozen air; tomorrow would be a great day. As the silent open sky watched on, a neutral umpire with no rule book, the unit was noisy with that wild certainty of imminent victory. The men were totally untouched by the bitter frost, … Keep reading

The Rose of Costa Rica

The Rose of Costa Rica
2,928 words
9 minutes 45 seconds

Jose Arias paused. He went down on one knee and sniffed the beautiful flower. His companions looked on with admiration as his eyes looked upwards and he drank in the beautiful aroma. When had he first smelt that glorious smell of the angels? Maybe first in church when he … Keep reading

The Osprey

The Osprey

(2764 words)

Compton McKevedie smiled back at George.

“Sorry my friend, this time it is final!”

George sighed: this was his top surgeon – the best on the team! He not only did the work of at least  three other surgeons but he was a “lucky” surgeon, with stunning statistics, incredibly low complication rates, adored by his patients … Keep reading