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Clare Chapple | Free parking

I GOT ANOTHER postcard from him this morning. From Jim, that is. He’s gone on holiday of all things. All those years we’ve worked together and he’s never had one day off, not one. Except for Christmas of course, and New Year – but the car park’s shut anyway those days. No point turning up when there are no punters to pay you. Jim always says we have the best […]

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Matthew Harrison | Anything

The People Manager was so out of Jack’s class it hurt him to look at her. She was strikingly beautiful, thirtyish he thought, in a brown silk dress that shimmered as she spoke. And now she was looking at him. “So that’s it,” she concluded. “Anything goes.” “Anything?” Jack repeated numbly. He hadn’t been paying attention. “Anything,” she said. Jack hadn’t met her before, but that meant nothing in so […]

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Arindam Banerjee

Arindam Banerjee | Fifteen minutes

INDIAN SUMMER; it’s no use whining about it. I was waiting for her in the shade of a tamarind. We were so head over heels for one another that waiting never really mattered. I was alone there watching the vehicles speed by, slowing as they approached the signal. The loo, a hot, dry wind, was blowing wild and the asphalt was melting as if Satan himself was bleeding from inside […]

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John Vicary | The Lonely Baker

FOR THE THIRD NIGHT IN A ROW, the baker found herself up alone at two a.m. making sausage. She had long been in the habit of rising early, but what was less usual in this instance was the food that she had been drawn to prepare the last few nights. She did not often make things from the savory end of the spectrum, as she was a boulanger: a maker […]

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