Real World

A Path Less Travelled – Damien’s wife can’t cope with his cross dressing. She gives him an ultimatum, either the clothes go or she does. Damien’s not prepared to give up on their marriage yet, so persuades her to accept a compromise, a different route that might work out better for both of them. (8,660 words)

Back To the Grind – Starting back at school post op. It’s not the most welcoming of environments, and Jack – now Jackie – Swan is unsure of teh welcome that now awaits her (~5,000 words)

Crossmatched – A breakdown. A chance meeting. Two lonely people, making the best of the lives they’ve been given. Two lonely people who don’t fit well enough to find happiness. Two lonely people at odds with the world. Perhaps this will work. Perhaps they’re crossmatched. (14,910 words)

Double Dare – Steven isn’t the most popular kid in school. He keeps himself to himself most of the time, then a couple lads dare him to ask out the most beautiful girl in the school, and one thing Steven can’t turn his back on is a dare. When he asks the question, the ante is upped as she dares him to go out with her dressed as a girl. (20,345 words)

Fortune Favours – Richard just got stood up. That’s the problem with Internet dating though, you don’t know if there’s any chemistry until you meet, and this time there evidently wasn’t. Still, it’s not been a complete wast of time. A couple of tables over voices have been raised and Richard recognises an opportunity when he comes across one. Fortune favours the brave and, if he can find enough courage, this just might be worth sticking his neck out for… (5,364 words)

Gregory’s Gift – My brother Greg has had a sadness about him for longer than I can remember, especially at Christmas. It’s only recently that I’ve begun to suspect the reason for this, and now I have a plan to reach out. It means taking a risk, and that scares the shit out of me, but I think that if I can give him the right present this year… (14,194 words)

Jigsaw pieces – A trip to a shopping mall. A sympathetic shop assistant. A chance to be who I am inside just for a few minutes. Will it end when I step out of the changing room or is there the possibility for more? (21,546 words)

Little Pink Mini – Eric’s Gran left him a car in her will, only it’s not quite what he expected. In time the unusual bequest pushes him to face some hidden truths inside himself, and from there face off against some people who don’t want to accept that such truths should exist. (11,058 words)

Luck be a Lady – Charlie’s been invited to a stag party at a casino. He’s been given a hundred pounds worth of chips to gamble away as he likes, but he’s really not interested. Then he meets an attractive young woman with startling green eyes. Maybe she’ll change his luck, but how much? (10,003 words)

Making Peace – An old lady lies in a hospital bed, waiting to die. What happens next. (6,426 words)

Nearnia – Four brothers are evacuated into the countryside to escape the Blitz. They find lodging with an odd, reclusive old professor and his stern housekeeper. One tedious, rainy day, one of the boys finds his way into a room with a strange wardrobe, and steps through it into a world of wonder and magic. (6,743 words)

Santa Baby – Chris had a secret that was burning a hole in his soul. He’d tried to share it with his wife some years before, but she hadn’t been ready to hear it then, so he’d kept hidden and struggled on as best he could. Most of the time he did pretty well, but at stressful times like Christmas it would rise close to the surface, near enough for others to notice.
Ann loved her husband and she knew there was something deep inside him that was tearing him apart. She longed to know what it was, to help him, but somehow the time was never right. She had griefs of her own to bear, but she always found her thoughts returning to Chris.
Emily needs a home for Christmas. All too recent memories of seeing her parents violently attacked has left her traumatised and in need of love.
Christmas is a magical time when people pray and wish harder than at other times of the year. Perhaps at such a time there’s a way they can all be helped… (13,610 words)

The Suitcase – A bereavement, a suitcase full of secrets, a letter. Sometimes the most unexpected things change lives. Whether for better or for worse depends on the decisions we make. (5,751 words)

The Way You See Me – Sometimes things are that dark you don’t even know there’s a way out. Sometimes you need a friend to show you. (44,300 words)

Trick of the Mind – Richard – University Student. Not a fan of hypnotists, but is persuaded to go to a show at the student bar. Gets invited up on stage where things get interesting. (117,908 words total)