What a wonderful short story, a very worthy winner congratulations Debbie Ioanna. Click ‘View Original Post’ below to read the full story on Esther Newtons Blog.
Well, you certainly didn’t make it easy for me! Your stories had me laughing one minute, my jaw hanging open the next, followed by tears welling in my eyes. I found it so, so hard to choose a winning story. I whittled them down to a longlist, then a shortlist and then there were five. I read the five again and again and again. They each had pickme scrawled across them and I found it very hard not to.
In the end, I chose Debbie Ioanna‘s thoroughly entertaining A Quiet Shop.
A Quiet Shop
Thank goodness they had gone, Molly thought, as she fought her arthritic pains to pick up the discarded books and put them back on their shelves, making sure they were aligned with the correct price labels.
‘Children,’ she muttered under her breath. ‘Every weekend, damned children!’
Molly longed for…
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