Sunday 20 October 2019


by Allison Symes

dark hot chocolate

Mary looked at her outline. Yes, the story should work. The characters intrigued her and she was looking forward to writing them up. But that would have to wait. Tonight she'd be off to Jerry's restaurant for dinner with Dan. She'd show him her life wasn't being taken over by her writing. She was tired of the quarrels and simmering resentment.

Okay she'd be dining alone but Dan would be there with the tart from The Red Lion. Dan had moved on far quicker than Mary would've liked. But there was nothing to stop her shimmering in wearing her little black dress and purple three-quarter length coat. He could see what he was missing. And the tart from The Red Lion could see for herself what classy meant and how she was not in Mary's league.

There was one niggle with one of the characters Mary was trying to resist the urge to fix now. Simone was showing signs of wanting to dominate the plot but that would soon be sorted out. Mary had dealt with troublesome characters like that before. They learned to behave or were written out.

But Simone was different. She wanted more than a life on paper, created to dance to the tune of her creator.

And she got it.

Later that night it was Simone who wore Mary's purple coat and went to Jerry's restaurant.
Mary was trapped in the paper. She was screaming.

Author Bio
Allison Symes, who loves writing and reading fairytales with bite, is published by Chapeltown Books, Cafelit, and Bridge House Publishing.  She is a member of the Society of Authors and Association of Christian Writers.  A round-up of her writing is at and she blogs for Chandler’s Ford Today -

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