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THE GOLD RUSH

Picture from The Gold Rush Amusement Arcade, Great Yarmouth by Adam Hulewicz on Google Maps


The Gold Rush

© Kelvin M. Knight, 2019

‘Bad penny.’ Rupert scowled as his coin rolled the wrong way. ‘Bad!’ He tried again and again, got more excited with each penny until he threw a handful of them at the machine and laughed.

‘Hey, Rupert, hey.’ His mum smiled as she picked up the scattering coins.

Pushing his forehead into the glass, Rupert rocked himself.

‘Oi! No rocking the machines!’ Shaking two fat fists, the tattooed man stomped out of the Change kiosk. ‘I said enough!’ He shoved Rupert away from the Two Penny Waterfall.

Rupert’s mother gasped as her son thumped onto his backside. ‘You baboon! Can’t you see he’s harmless?’

Eyes focussing on something only he could see, Rupert rocked like crazy.

‘Don’t you baboon me! No rocking the machines. Management rules!’ The man shoved Rupert’s mother towards the exit. ‘Now, hop it, before I lose it!’

‘Bad penny,’ snarled Rupert, hurtling toward the man. ‘Bad!’

(150 words)


The above story was written in response to the What Pegman Saw prompt, which this week took us to:

Great Yarmouth, UK

You are warmly invited to the Inlinkz link party to read other globetrotting contributors’  stories inspired by this week’s prompt.

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Thank you, as ever, Karen and Josh, for hosting this great weekly prompt, from CrimsonProse for suggesting the locations, and for everyone who takes part.

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Book Promotion

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay


To celebrate the release of my latest collection of flash fiction, FLASHES of WEATHER, my first two anthologies of short stories, Short Stories In A Year and Love I Am are on a special offer price of 0.99 (cents and dollars). Exclusive to Kindle.

Short Stories In a Year contains my competition winning and shortlisted stories from the year of the Short Story in 2012.

Love I Am contains thirteen longer style short stories from an MA in Creative writing, including those that were published in anthology compilations and long listed for The Bristol Prize Literary Festival.

Hurry, this is a limited offer! (Oh dear that sounds rather cheesy!)

Sincerely

Kelvin

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A ROARING LIFE

City Hall Lion, Corina Laszio, Google Maps


A Roaring Life

© Kelvin M. Knight, 2019

I see you lurking behind those dark glass windows. You think I cannot see you ducking behind those blocks of bright plastic, but I have always seen you.

I hear you flicking nervously through book after book during the school holidays, every school holiday, even Christmastime. You make this library your home, you have to, I know you have to.

I smell you, that rank odour of fear from your twenties to your forties. Thirty years of malodour. It is enough to rankle my stone nose.

You need to get a life. I should give you a life. One roar from me and you will find some courage to climb my Guidhall steps and lay your trembling hands upon me.

One touch is all it will take.

I am no Aslan though. There is no magic in me. The magic lies within you. I long for you to discover it.

(150 words)


View of Guildhall Square, Stephen Burns, Google Maps:

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The above “Talking Statue” story was written in response to the What Pegman Saw prompt, which this week took us to:

Portsmouth in Hampshire, UK

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Thank you, as ever, Karen and Josh.

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MONUMENTAL

Ernest Hemingway Bust, Николай Максимович, Google Maps


Monumental

© Kelvin M. Knight, 2019

I had this dream once. I saw a sky bluer than anything I could imagine. This blueness was sublime, as if my eyes had been painted with a new palette. To meet such an artist filled me with desire, I think.

I know the sun shone brightly in this new sky. I stared at this sun for ages without burning my eyes. This sun that was directly above me as if I were laying down, yet I knew I was upright. I couldn’t feel my body though, only my head… my shoulders, which now seemed widened by experience. Such sensations as these never occurred in dreams.

Refocussing on this amazing blueness, I watched it expand the world around me. Near and far I experienced the intensity of this new colour, this new life. To remember more I began writing like never before. I would love to know if I finished.

(150 words)


View from Ernest Hemingway’s Statue, Matthias Hering, Google Maps:

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View of Ernest Hemingway’s Statue from afar, Roberto Cabezas, Google Maps:

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The above “Talking Statue” story was written in response to the What Pegman Saw prompt, which this week took us to:

Cardenas, Cuba

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A NEW ART SCHOOL

Picture of Old Art School by Raul Garcia on Google


A NEW ART SCHOOL

© Kelvin M. Knight, 2019

Pedro scratched in the dust with his fingertips. Colours seeped towards the peeling plaster on those cracked columns. Slowly, everything brightened. Standing, he gesticulated rainbow-coloured fingers and sang nervously. He didn’t know what the words meant, but he remembered them from when he sat on his Nanna’s knee. She would sing him asleep. She would sing him awake.

Unsure if he was awake or asleep, Pedro continued painting the dust, with great flourishes of his arms as if he were a dictator of old, followed by delicate brushstrokes as if his fingers were butterfly wings.

Quickly the empty windows and doorways filled with faces. People’s eyes glistened with tears yet their smiles shone through the dust choking their lips. Fear and pride swirled in their hearts.

Clutching his heart, Pedro chewed his bottom lip. These  people were his family, were all he knew. Together, they must fill this place again.

(150 words)


The above story was written in response to the What Pegman Saw prompt, which this week took us to:

Santa Ana, El Salvador

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FAITH in a FLASH

Dear Readers

My first collection of flash fiction stories, FAITH in a FLASH, is currently priced just £1.99.

Faith lives. Faith breathes. Faith can be not quite what it seems.

Faith. It touches the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the sick and the healthy, those people with everything, those people with nothing. Some people are born into faith, others die devoid of faith. Some people live their lives with an abundance of faith, others barely have a pinch of faith. Some people spread their faith willingly. Some people hug their faith closely and never think to share it with anyone else. Some people’s faith flourishes. Some people’s faith is strangled by weeds.

The stories in this collection contain characters like these, as well as others. The one hundred and fifty-one flash fiction stories in this collection are split across fifteen themed chapters: Flagstones; Charity; Humility; Forgiveness; Holy Spirit; Facing Fear; Love In Adversity; Glorifying God; Joyfulness; Shadows; Darkness; Prayerfulness; Peacefulness; Hope and Soulfulness.

FAITH in a FLASH is available as an eBook by following any of these links:

Apple Books

Amazon (UK)

Amazon (USA)

Other Amazon regions are available. If you have any problem locating FAITH in a FLASH, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

If you would like to comment on this collection, or any individual stories contained within it, I would be delighted to hear from you.

To see recent reviews of FAITH in a FLASH, please click here.

Happy reading.

Kelvin

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FLASHES of WEATHER

Dear Readers

My second collection of flash fiction stories, FLASHES of WEATHER is out now, this time on the theme of weather.

I have always been fascinated by the weather, from the beginning of my engineering career in Portsmouth when I worked on two revolutionary High Frequency (HF) radar systems to the end of my engineering career in Cumbria where I was responsible for maintaining an all-singing, all-dancing weather monitoring mast which included a pair of seismic sensors that measured ground acceleration. The software I wrote for the HF radar systems got turned into a commercial system called O.S.C.R – (Ocean Surface Current Radar) which was used throughout the United Kingdom and Australia as an early warning weather system.

Rest assured, there are no science clad stories in this collection, although one or two of the characters may have a scientific bent.

Across the eighty stories in this collection I have attempted to create a diverse mix of characters, viewpoints and scenarios, capturing how weather can inspire us and torment us, and we it.

If you want to know more, maybe even download a free sample of FLASHES of WEATHER, please click one of the following links:

Amazon (UK)

Amazon (US)

Apple Books

Other Amazon regions are available. If you have any problem locating FLASHES of WEATHER, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

If you would like to comment on this collection, or any individual stories contained within it, I would be delighted to hear from you.

To read recent reviews of FLASHES of WEATHER, please click here.

Happy reading.

Kelvin

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