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You Are My Sunshine
Sue (Sooz) Simpson
I'm thirty nine, recently single again. I have two boys Cli' (pronounced clee) Real name Christopher and Mark. I'm a care in the community nurse and formerly (when I was married) an occupational Therapist working with the mentally ill on a secure unit. I love reading and writing and meeting people. I hate offal, seafood and intolerance. I keep dog, cat, polecats, rats and reptiles. And for seven years ran the second largest reptile sanctuary in Britain. Apart from having my lads, I think that's probably the most worthwhile thing I've ever done. Writing wise, I've been the main fiction writer for Legends magazine for three years.And have two books published 'Lizard's Leap' published by Quillusers, and 'Better the Devil You Know' soon to be released by Bestbooks.Um I drive a knackered old Astra, and ride a two litre trike. I live in the lake district of England, and am happy. :-)
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A Fork In The Road. (Short Stories) A paradox revolving round the lonely Holker Mosses in the dead of night. [2,835 words] [Mystery]
A Twist In The Tail (Short Stories) - [963 words]
Agony (Short Stories) The First in a series of Agony columns written by the unstoppable Aunt Nasty. (May be deemed offensive) [1,200 words] [Comedy]
Agony 2 (Short Stories) Morew from the irrepresible Aunt Nasty (May be deemed offensive). [1,077 words] [Comedy]
Angel Stew (Short Stories) The kitchens are in uproar. [826 words] [Comedy]
Anne (Short Stories) - [707 words]
Apple Of His Eye (Short Stories) Daddy's little girl, Daddy's little sweetheart. (May be deemed offensive). [1,742 words] [Drama]
Attractions (Short Stories) People stared at the sisters and called them freaks. [678 words] [Drama]
Bandit At Twelve-O-Clock (Short Stories) A sinister note drops through her letter box, but who is it from and what's it all about? [2,144 words] [Drama]
Barriers (Short Stories) Everybody's frightened of the prisoner in the cell at the end of the block. [2,913 words] [Thriller]
Breakfast In Bed (Short Stories) She loved her husband so much, and a sepcial man deserves a special breakfast. [1,633 words] [Horror]
Car Trouble (Short Stories) Boys will be boys. [496 words] [Comedy]
Cat's Chorus (Short Stories) - [1,332 words]
Cherry Blossom (Short Stories) - [435 words]
Cold, Cold Night.. (Short Stories) The night was beautiful but biting, she had to make her final farewells, a cigarette would help. [630 words] [Drama]
Creeping Up From Behind. (Short Stories) You can't ever really know what someone else is thinking ... unless they choose to tell you. [925 words] [Drama]
Dark Solitude. (Short Stories) A woman alone on the moors when a storm threatens, but this is no ordinanry storm and that is no ordinary lady. [1,434 words] [Drama]
Dawn Rising (Short Stories) He looked at his own personal sunrise every morning, yet longed for the warmth of the sun. [1,069 words] [Drama]
Deadly Persuit (Short Stories) Nature at its most cruel .. when it's interfered with by man. [1,541 words] [Drama]
Deep Blue Eastern Light (Poetry) I've never been to Budapest, but I saw an image on a postcard, it was misty and had a sort of dreamy quality about it. I wondered about the spirit of Budapest. Hope I've done her justicce. [204 words]
Different Road (Short Stories) Charlie is running scared. Will he find his way before his precious time runs out? [521 words]
Empty House (Short Stories) This had been her domain, now it was only a shadow. [649 words] [Drama]
Find Me A Place (Poetry) Everybody needs somewhere to run. [193 words] [Drama]
Finding Fleur (Short Stories) Katy desperately wants to find Fleur, but does Fleur want to be found? [1,727 words] [Drama]
Four Minute Warning (Short Stories) - [476 words] [Comedy]
Freedom By Another Name (Short Stories) He's an imposter [557 words] [Drama]
Furtive Glances (Short Stories) Always the last to know! [891 words] [Drama]
Galaxy (Poetry) Let Venus bear witness and Mars be our guide. [139 words]
Hickory, Dickory, Dock (Short Stories) - [991 words] [Drama]
Is The Toilet Roll Half Full Or Half Empty (Short Stories) It's hard when you're at bursting point. [423 words] [Comedy]
I've Always Wanted To Write... But! (Short Stories) There's always an excuse if you want to find one. [510 words] [Mind]
Jasmine And Gardenia Love (Poetry) - [417 words] [Erotic]
Jinny (Poetry) - [176 words]
Just The Ticket (Short Stories) You pays your money and you takes your chances. [5,177 words] [Drama]
Knockers (Short Stories) It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it. [2,210 words] [Drama]
Little Bird (Short Stories) He liked fragile things [1,406 words] [Drama]
Lizards Leap (Novels) Four children buy an intricately carved frame from a school fair. A crazy old woman chases them desperately wanting the carving for herself. What is the mystery surrounding the strange frame? [5,753 words] [Adventure]
Long Walk Back To Jurassica (Poetry) Evolution and progress or three million steps backwards? [323 words] [Drama]
Lookingthrough The Window (Short Stories) - [401 words]
Madness Becomes You (Short Stories) She used to be someone, now she's several people, or maybe she's nobody at all, it makes no difference. [394 words] [Drama]
Making My Way Back To You. (Short Stories) She'd told them a thousand times to keep the front door closed, now tragedy had struck. [1,926 words] [Drama]
Memberwhen (Poetry) Memberwhen that mystical word of long ago memories. [189 words] [Drama]
Mortar Doesn't Breathe. (Short Stories) The house was inanimate, dead ... because her child was gone. [1,114 words] [Drama]
Mourning Glory (Short Stories) One of my favourite pieces. Please note *This is not a children's story* It's the tale of a little girl trying to be a child. [1,786 words] [Drama]
Mumbles From The Madhouse (Novels) It was her first day on the secure unit and somehow she had to see it through. [2,215 words] [Drama]
My Friend The Tiger And Me (Poetry) I wrote this for my little boy when he was having trouble at school. [942 words] [Animal]
Naughty Bunny Goes To Ibiza (Short Stories) - [552 words]
One-Man Race (Short Stories) He had only his nerves to rely on. One slip and the race would be lost. [664 words] [Drama]
Out Of Print (Short Stories) A man, a boy, a love of reading and echoes of the past. [2,007 words] [Drama]
Outrun The River (Poetry) The snow was melting fast and he owed it to himself and his seld of dogs to make it to safety. [145 words] [Action]
Pact Of Joy. (Short Stories) Don't we all just want to be happy? [2,497 words] [Drama]
Play With Me Please. (Short Stories) - [322 words]
Return Of The Hellcat (Erotica May Be Offensive) (Short Stories) Please do not read this one if easily offended. Or even not so easily offended. Continuing sexploits of Dark Solitude. [3,390 words] [Erotic]
Room For One More (Short Stories) The dream was haunting and wouldn't leave Mike alone. [1,728 words] [Drama]
Rush Hour (Short Stories) - [419 words]
Sally (Short Stories) - [2,268 words]
Sinister Music (Novels) She had no psychic ability, so why had fate chosen her to foretell of the spate of brutal murders? [6,114 words] [Drama]
So This Is My Life Then (Short Stories) - [517 words] [Comedy]
Space Walk (Short Stories) May Cause offense. [1,290 words] [Drama]
Spirit Dancer (Poetry) - [514 words]
Sweet Child Of Mine (Short Stories) The old lady had been brutally mugged, her son was sucjh a good boy, but would his thoughts now turn to revenge? [1,843 words] [Drama]
Tangled Web (Short Stories) Treat `em mean and keep `em keen. [596 words] [Drama]
The Band Played On (Short Stories) - [1,486 words] [Drama]
The Big Picture (Short Stories) The little girl was a great artist, but her subject matter was giving cause for concern. [776 words] [Drama]
The Comet. (Short Stories) Remember! [796 words] [Drama]
The Dinosaur (Short Stories) - [1,523 words]
The Half Empty Glass. (Short Stories) They had no idea of the horror they were walking into. [3,030 words] [Drama]
The Hhmmm Efect (Poetry) - [783 words]
The Iceberg (Short Stories) She had to break the hold they had on him... release him from his parents grip. [410 words] [Drama]
The Joker (Short Stories) - [2,032 words]
The Lovers (Poetry) - [124 words]
The Mark Of Jack (Short Stories) The start of something maybe. [1,044 words] [Drama]
The Old Enemy (Short Stories) I just hope I've got the names right. [253 words] [Drama]
The Rosary (Short Stories) May cause offense. [422 words]
The Spark (Short Stories) - [557 words]
The Thirteenth Station (Short Stories) - [8,024 words] [Horror]
The Village Green. (Short Stories) - [559 words] [Drama]
Three Mile Gap (Poetry) So close and yet... [285 words] [Drama]
Tomorrow Lies Beside Us (Poetry) - [239 words] [Drama]
Tusk (Short Stories) - [1,012 words] [Drama]
Under The Whether (Short Stories) - [1,626 words]
Watching And Waiting (Short Stories) - [1,253 words] [Drama]
White Icing (Short Stories) - [1,385 words]
Worlds Biggest Loser (Short Stories) - [114 words]
You Are My Sunshine
Sue (Sooz) Simpson
Monica drew level with the bus stop just as the bus was pulling in. Shirley from the office was boarding the bus.
“Don’t walk in this weather Mo, come and get on the bus, you’ll catch your death.”
God it was tempting; the wind was almost sending her backwards and a fat wet raindrop chose that moment to drip off the end of her nose. How good it would feel to get out of this weather and board the bus. After all, what’s fifty-seven pence when all’s said and done?
“No, it’s alright Shirl, I like the walk in the mornings, wakes me up and prepares me for the day ahead.”
“She is such a tight cow. She’d rather get soaked to the skin than spend fifty-seven pence on a bus ride almost door to door. I disagree about her knowing Scrooge. Hell, I think she gave birth to him. In fact she’s so tight she…”
Monica walked into the canteen and put her sodden coat and bag away. She pretended not to have heard what Shirley said. She also chose to ignore the snide giggles that had been turned into thinly disguised coughs as she turned to her locker.
At ten o’clock the trolley came round and most of the girls in the machine room bought two slices of toast and a cup of coffee; it was ‘tradition’. The smell of the hot toast and coffee permeated over to Monica’s machine and her stomach growled its displeasure loudly. She picked up the bottle of tap water that she had brought from home and took a couple of sips.
At eleven o’clock it was one of those regular occurrences that she dreaded. One of the girls was walking down the aisle with a glass of money and a card to sign. It was somebody’s birthday. Monica looked up at Julie Winters as she stood by her machine. They both knew how the next ten seconds were going to play out. Julie’s face was set like stone. Monica’s cheeks were burning.
“It’s Lacey Beck’s birthday on Saturday. Everybody in the factory has chipped in for her present.” Julie stood there rattling the glass in front of her face defiantly.
“I’m sorry Julie but I have no spare money.”
Julie made no attempt to lower her voice as she moved to the next machine. “Tight cow.”
Jane Dawes had a fiver ready and put it in the glass with a flourish. “See Monica, it’s not so hard really, you just put it in the glass and wave it goodbye.” She waved her hand at the disappearing fiver as it moved down the aisle.
It was Friday. Oh thank God it was Friday. Monica felt that she couldn’t cope with much more of this, but she had to didn’t she? Friday was ‘early bolt’ day. Finish at lunchtime. The other girls all worked through their appointed lunch hour to finish for the day at two and not have to come back in after lunch. It was ‘tradition’ that they all made for the White Lion for a pub lunch and a couple of ‘hey it’s the weekend’ drinks. It only cost three pounds apparently for a lovely meal. The girls had long since stopped asking Monica to join them.
As the machine shop emptied with light banter about boyfriends, and life, and fun becoming more distant as the bodies it came from trooped through the door, Monica sat alone at her machine. There was no point going to the canteen, it was empty now anyway. She might as well eat her sandwich here and then make her way home. She unwrapped the cling film from the two sweaty slices of bread and the thin slice of tasteless cheese. Sitting by herself, she chewed methodically. She didn’t really mind this time alone on a Friday before going back to the nightmare that was waiting for her when she left work. After all, what did she have in common with those laughing happy people?
Monica trudged back home; it seemed twice as long as the walk had been that morning. If anything, the rain was heavier and the wind stronger. This time she’d had the disadvantage of setting off in soaking wet clothes to boot.
The first two hours after getting in were spent attending to Joey. Then at last, she managed to shut herself away in her bedroom. Alone and undisturbed. This was the highlight of her week.
She sat on her bed and took two raffia boxes from her bedside table. Then she emptied her purse onto the bed. It was the end of the week and she still had eleven pounds sixty-six pence in her purse. Taking the tops off the two boxes, she emptied the copper into one and the silver, and one pound coin, into the other.
For the first time that week she was truly happy. She was eighty-four pence up on last week. She went to her wardrobe and took out a shoebox from under a huge pile of blankets. Taking off the lid she put the ten-pound note onto the thick wad of notes already in the box.
Monica smiled. The copper box was almost full. There must be nearly twenty pounds in there. Soon she would be able to take it to the bank to transfer into notes that would go in the half full shoebox. She opened the notebook that had been on top of the box.
“Nine thousand, seven hundred and forty-three pounds and twenty-eight pence. Plus eleven pounds sixty-six pence makes a grand total of nine thousand, seven hundred and fifty-four pounds ninety-four pence.” She hugged the notebook to her breast and grinned a grin of pure pleasure.
Suddenly she was jarred from this one time in her week that was purely and simply her time. She heard Joey in the next room. He had woken up. This was the way it was; she never got moments peace.
She ran from the room, flinging the door to Joey’s room open so hard that it nearly flew off its hinges. The child was lying face down on the bed. She jumped on him and began beating his back with her hands. Ten, twenty, thirty times she hit him until her face was red with the exertion.
The child was becoming still. She stopped pounding on him. “There baby, come on Joey, give it up for Mummy pet. Give me all you’ve got. You know how much I love this stuff. My day is not complete without several bowls of joey gunk” She felt the choking child manage a weak giggle beneath her.
She passed the Stainless steel bowl under the child’s head and held fast to his forehead as he cleared himself into it.
“There sweetie, I bet that feels better, but I know you’re holding out on me Joey, what you doing baby? saving some for later? Oh no you don’t come on lets have it.”
She sat up straight again, still straddling the four-year-old child. Once more she paddled her hands and began to rhythmically aspirate his congested lungs. She began to sing softly in her pretty voice, and she felt Joey relax slightly as her melody soothed him.
“You are my Sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy, when skies are grey.
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you.
So don’t take my sunshine away.”
Cystic Fibrosis. How she hated those two benign sounding words; those two words that were killing her precious Joey. Only nine thousand more pounds and she would have the money to take him to the States, to see if this Doctor Young could help him.
She thought of all the White Lion lunches she’d have to miss with the girls, and smiled.
“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.”
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"Great story. I didn't really know where it was going until the end. you tied up the loose ends nicely. Hopefully Doctor Young can help Joey soon " -- Steven.
"If we lived in a "proper" socialist state Monica wouldn't have to lose her life in order to rescue that of her son would she? This story would probably make Bevan weep. If the NHS was any where near as good as it could be Dr Young would get a job over here. Perhaps he exists in a moral vacuum anyway, only fixing rich people with thousands of pounds to spare. A sad indictment of contemporary Britain, good." -- Fergus O'Ferguson.
"Thanks both. This is a shite little story, but although it's not the best I've ever written, I quite like this one. I re-read it after a gap of about two years, and even though I knew what was coming the end made my eyes water. I suppose if it does that to the author then it's one that was worth writing. Normally I'm the first to say that something I've written is total drivel. I've got about half a dozen pieces that i'm really proud of, another dozen of so like this one that I'm okay with and the rest make me cringe. :-)Thank-you. " -- Sooz, Dalton-in-furness, England, Cumbria.
"Willy-Nilly’s Review: Monica drew level with the ***bus*** stop just as the ***bus*** was pulling in. Shirley from the office was boarding the*** bus***. “Don’t walk in this weather Mo, come and get on the ***bus***... I think Sooz might try and get a little more variety into her writing. " -- Cam Davis.
" Hhhmm good point, I hope Sooz has learnt to be a litle less repetitious, luckily the bus has left the station by the end of the first para or two. Thank you, and thanks to Cam. Please check out me and my books here. http://tinyurl.com/cckn http://tinyurl.com/cck9 http://tinyurl.com/cl81 " -- Sooz, Dalton-in-Furness, England, Cumbria.
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