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Awards
Round Winner Runner-Up Judge
1 Tracey Glasspool Jeanne Waddington Marvin Close
2 Helen Meikle Nemone Thornes Dave Simpson
3 Sylvia H Thomson Diane Simmons Diane Whitley
Stories
Round 1
Winner Runner-up
Faces by Tracey Glasspool The Accident by Jeanne Waddington
They took Gran away after she threw the kettle at me.

She didn't mean to. For months she'd been seeing a stranger's face reflected back at her from mirrors, windows, puddles. That day it was in her copper kettle. She'd just boiled it for tea.

The burns have healed now, just a little scarring on one leg. I visit Gran every day and she's much happier at the home. Nothing shiny in her room, no reflections anywhere, no more screaming.

Everything should be good.

But this morning, in the mirror, I saw a face looking back.

And it wasn't mine.
Percy's had an accident but he daren't tell. He sits in the warm, wet patch, hoping it will dry before the lesson ends. Next thing, the Headmaster bursts in. "Lovely, sunny day outside. Early playtime everyone!"

The children rush outside cheering. Percy remains rooted to the spot.

"What's wrong Percy?" asks Mrs Gently, walking towards him, sipping from a plastic cup.

"Nothing Miss." he mumbles.

She lets the cup slide and cold water fills Percy's lap.

"So sorry Percy. Clumsy me! Run outside and dry off."

Percy skips off into the sunshine and joins his mates.

"What happened to you?..."
Round 2
Winner Runner-up
Seeing Jacob by Helen Meikle First Meeting by Nemone Thornes
She sees him at Wynyard station, taking the stairs up two at a time.

"Jacob!"

But he doesn't look back, and she's sucked away on the escalator down.

At the bottom she breaks free, swings around the barrier, hurls herself upwards just as he reaches the top...

"Jacob!"

...shoves frantically through the crowd on the concourse, sliding through gaps, elbowing space, dodging and weaving, catching her breath from fear and the heat. Sees his broad back...

Jacob...

...reaches him by the flower stall and grabs his arm...

"Jacob!"

He turns.
A stranger.
It's as if he's died a second time.
For years, Amy had begged her mother to tell her. One day, she asked yet again: "Who was my father? I need to know."

"Perhaps it's time," her mother said. "Prepare yourself for a shock."

Amy's mother had become pregnant accidentally. She'd felt tied down by having a child and had run away, leaving baby Amy with her boyfriend. But he had a secret that was ruining his life. Eventually, he'd taken radical, irreversible action.

It was an astounding story, but looking afresh at her mother's large hands and big feet, Amy knew it for the truth.

"Dad ..." she said.
Round 3
Winner Runner-up
Lavinia by Sylvia H Thomson Robbed by Diane Simmons
She abandoned me at birth. A note pinned to my shawl read 'Lavinia'. They found her, but she wanted me adopted..

The feelings I experienced when my own children were born hardened me against her. I needed to find her; to ask questions.

I traced her to a special Dementia Unit. I wouldn't get much sense out of her, they said. She was pacing the floor and cradling a doll in her arms, eyes staring blankly into space. I touched her arm but she turned away and began to speak softly to her doll. "Lavinia," she crooned, "Lavinia, don't cry."
I wipe Holly's tears. "Are things bad today?"

"Yes. But you go, Mum."

"Perhaps ...if you can get out of bed ..."

She struggles to sit up, then slides off the bed and crawls along the landing. Slowly, she shuffles down the stairs.

When she's settled, I put on the 'Hamlet' DVD, but she closes her eyes, even the film beyond her. The M.E. has robbed her of her brain, of the ability to concentrate.

At work, I cuddle a nervous child on my lap as I read to my class, try not to think about my own child, alone.
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Author: Kevin Machin Date: March 12, 2015 11:52 am
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