www.storymania.com
Storymania Logo

 

 

Short Stories




Toy Soldier Blues by Richard Evans coming of age [930 words]
Hero Forever by Sf Rick Ferro's heart bleeds every day at his past. It haunts him even to this day.... [1,488 words]
Jewish Mother by Randall Barfield Trying to make Him and those near Him more alive, more real, and hopefully, with more exposure. [396 words]
A Purple Jacket by Randall Barfield - [494 words]
The Perfect Execution by Dexter Smith An overly depicted telling of a recent possible outcome in the life of a 22 year old. [395 words]
The Lamplighter by Chris Michael Taylor A literary, social commentary of man’s infinite solitude seen through the eyes of a troubled ol... [2,249 words]
The Day The Evil Of The Band Died by Kayla L Jordan Just something I wrote out of pure rage when certain sections of the band wer... [267 words]
Tenakahan-Story by Chloe L Batey an extension on my character Tenakahan [1,671 words]
Once A Star Always A Star by Matt Lenox Fame will find you no matter what [1,076 words]
My Best Day by William L Sokolowski A comedic tragedy about a man finding love again. [1,982 words]
Money In The Back by Abel Articulate A young man finds himself taking place in a robbery that seems unsuited for his own view of h... [2,573 words]
I'm From Mars by Randall Barfield Historical fiction. [513 words]
Funny Like by Randall Barfield - [610 words]
Delivered! by Chris Michael Taylor Before the clock sewn over his chest reads 00:00 and the automatic rifles surrounding him unleash we... [5,457 words]
Caught by Jack Hunter Caught is driven from the start with suspence and graphic gore. Amongst a group of friends , One secret ... [8,799 words]
Blood Of Tears by Christcross Can you stop darkness or can it stop you. [78 words]
Blood Of Tears (Part 2) by Christcross A sequal from the first part. [71 words]
Awake And Bake Finn Again by Michael Potter A comic story of a day in the life of an older man. [4,425 words]
The Puzzle by Zombie Eyes I am not changing as much as different versions of the same story. [2,080 words]
The Janke Show by Jack Masters Jack Masters Janke struggles with fantastic, sometimes brilliant thoughts overshadowed by problems and failur... [3,908 words]
Sa'ad by Randall Barfield Trying to look at history from another perspective. [295 words]
Mrs:Gooddoer by Nicolette Walters it is about a 12-year-old girl. you'll read the rest [126 words]
Legendary Love by Joshua Meihaus The story of a man who loved so much, he was willing to die behind steel bars. [856 words]
It Ws Only A Name by Sooz Murder Mystery [2,440 words]
Hope Springs by Df Mart A disappointed senior manages to look ahead. [276 words]
God Is Dead by Jamar Graham A short story musing on the last day of God. [1,227 words]
Enterprise by Sooz Flash challenge piece working on the inspiration word of 'Innovation' [343 words]
Couples Therapy by Bryn Lee Lovitt A husband and wife meet a peculiar therapist. [2,123 words]
Chef Henri And The Lemon-Meringue Pie by M Schied A retelling of the fairy tale, Rumplestiltskin, set in the modern culinar... [1,717 words]
Ace Of Spades by Joshua Meihaus Imagine if a single playing card could change your life, and tear apart your family. [1,566 words]
A Time To Live by Sooz Challenge piece. It had to be drama and it had to contain an affair at work. This isn't drama an... [1,504 words]
Paloma Pena by Sunny Sigh! so many girls, so little time. [385 words]
What Kind Of An Idiot Commits A Robbery In Broad Day Light? by Matt Lenox Find out what kind of an idiot commits a robbery in... [92 words]
Virginia Planter by Shelley J Alongi Thomas Jefferson is asked to write in the service of his country. I found this on a disc with ... [3,016 words]
The Most Common Obsession by Jeffrey Lee Williams An obsession that has even haunted me. [1,709 words]
The Good Samaritan by Jeffrey Lee Williams A good deed.... [1,547 words]
State Of Mind by Joshua Purdom A boy tells the story of how he ended up in hell. [865 words]
Sinners by David Doc Byron A collection of sinful stories [4,540 words]
Project Code5-Rogers Park Quadrant by Paul B Kramer THEY'RE HERE! [213 words]
Not Enough Hours In A Day by Peter Halpin For those people who say there's never time to do something - there is! Don't sit aro... [715 words]
Moonlight by David Doc Byron A collection of vampire tales [7,859 words]
Late For Dance... by Sarah Robertson - [340 words]
Invincible Rum
Intelligence Gained, Innocence Lost by Graham Reynolds Intelligence Gained, Innocence Lost [609 words]
Figures by Sooz Observational [549 words]
Deserted by Sarah M Wylie This story is about a girl who lives her life on a deserted island and continually has to deal with a ... [673 words]
Dead Still by Jamie Reynolds A take on Stephen King's 'On Writing' exercise. [3,531 words]
Camelot’S Troubadours by Michael Potter Utopia meets Euphoria, Political healing in an alternate universe. The Beatles play at JF... [1,513 words]
Broken Various Authors by David Doc Byron a collection of short fiction and poetry [2,749 words]
Arena by Robert Levin A man finds a way out of his midlife crisis. [1,495 words]
Always And Forever by Kaitlyn Goodwine I wrote a vinette about personal expiernences, and things I love in life. [500 words]
Alessandro's Unexpected Traverse by Michael Potter A mountain climbing accident results in a modern Gulliver's Travels. [11,857 words]
A Wiseman Once Told Me by Kevin J Merfeld A creative and philosophical story of the development of self-consciousness, and the hum... [6,089 words]

Go to page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 [11] 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
TITLE (EDIT)
Invincible Rum
DESCRIPTION
About an inspiring friendship between the 2 women living in Australia. One was holocaust survivor, the other one denied holocaust. Yet, they were inseparable.
[1,102 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Motivational
AUTHOR
Anna Adamin - Raasveldt
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Global village background. Speaks many languages.
[January 2008]
Invincible Rum
Anna Adamin - Raasveldt

Margaret and Wilma were old friends. Wilma was over ninety and Margaret was in her late eighties. The two women looked after each even though they came from different countries, with different experiences and now lived in Australia.
Margaret and Wilma were inseparable even though their opinions differ so much that one would wonder how these two women were such good friends.

Wilma was the one who denied holocaust while Margaret was the holocaust survivor. Past politics were put aside as there was no reason for one to wake up old disagreements that just might torn their relationship apart. At this age, past was left behind and the challenges of everyday life were more important to them than what it took place in the past.

Wilma was almost blind, sweet looking lady with a nice crop of white hair. Her hair carried trace of youth in a shape of braids wrapped around her head. She was much shorter than Margaret. Margaret was still tall for her age, more serious yet more energetic as she was eight years younger than Wilma.

Wilma detested any antibiotics and because of the new strain of a certain flu virus she decided to seek protection of the invincible rum. It was an old recipe hand down from previous generation when medication was scarce.
Wilma revived the old recipe supposedly curing all ailments including flu. She said to Margaret “We’ve got make a good supply of invincible rum because the flu in Australia was gaining its momentum and we are in need to protect ourselves”. So, the women had to purchase a certain brand of rum and finding the right herbs required many trips to different herb stores . A dark brand of rum was the best for Wilma's recipe. She used to obtain her rum at a sale price at one particular shop. Wilma inspected each bottle carefully after the bottle was opened. She tasted it to make sure the sweetness was just right. It was Australian brand she said was the best. Margaret helped to measure portions.

Wilma never revealed her secret to Margaret of the secret recipe of the invincible potion. Her trick was to ask Margaret to get this or that from the storage while she was mixing and fixing the herbs into proper portions. In the meantime, the supply grew to twenty five bottles. Wilma suddenly started coughing. She covered her mouth with a big towel. But Margaret insisted on getting Wilma to the doctor.
“No, I will not go to the doctor”. That was the end of their discussion.

Unfortunately, the invincible rum needs some time to mature so the freshly made batches were no good for stopping her cough. The secret infusion of herbs left on the counter was the closest cure available at the moment. Wilma rinsed her mouth with a hundred ml of rum, then gulped down the herb infusion and poured some coffee into her cup and drank it all. Margaret thought of calling a taxi to take Wilma to her apartment. Wilma said “I can’t go by taxi, taxi won’t take me because of my cough”.
“Any other idea how you can get home ?“ Margaret worries began to take over because Wilma would have to stay at her place. Margaret didn’t want to get something from Wilma. Fragility of their health was always a big concern.
“Get me the mask” Wilma pointed out to a mask hanging in big plastic bag. They bought a good supply of dust masks from one of the hardware stores.
 “I’ll cover my mouth with the mask, take a few bottles of invincible rum with me and I go by bus”. Wilma was swaying from side to side at the moment.
“I’ll go with you and then I take the taxi on the way back. I want make sure that you get home safely and I’ll take extra bottles for you”.

Wilma got on the bus and put a handkerchief around her mouth first. The dust masks were handy just in case but she didn’t want to put one yet to cause some panic among passengers. She has always been discreet in her opening of the bottle of rum, especially in the public places. Wilma took a swallow of immature invincible rum, rinsed her mouth with it , then spat it all to the handkerchief without anyone noticing what she was doing. She kept her mouth covered. Her coughs were barely noticeable. Her eyes bulged. The bottles made noise and she was very uptight about this trip holding tightly to her bag. The bus finally stopped where both of them got off.

Wilma pushed her way out, dragging the stretchy sack, heavily pulling its weight down. She let off her handkerchief and inhaled fresh air. Her face all puffed up, her lips stretched and her breathing was deep resembled dying fish gasping for air. Margaret got ahead of Wilma, speeding like a speed walker, yelling at Wilma to hurry up which took a lot of effort for her as she was getting out of breath.
Wilma kept pulling her weight forward with mask sliding down her chin that really made awkward to walk any further. The apartment was almost visible but too many neighbors gathering around the entrance really jinxed the quiet entry to the building. Wilma put her mask away. She wobbled as she walked. Someone laughed. “Lady got drunk. Need some help to climb up.” But Wilma ignored all the comments. Margaret got hold of her bottles so they didn’t make a single sound while Wilma held on to her handkerchief. She didn’t dare to remove it.
“Hurry up Wilma” Margaret again encouraged Wilma to get to the building as fast as possible. They managed to get to the hallway but Wilma struggled with the keys.

Margaret avoided coughs, sneezes and hullabaloo that came when someone was sick, especially with a strong strain of flu virus. Wilma continued working on the invincible rum on her own, adjusted proportions of different herbs. Wilma created all sorts of different invincible rum remedies. There were remedies for rinsing mouth, to rob on your skin, nose drops, mouth spray and even creams. Later on Wilma developed recipe for chocolate filling. Her name was all over the stores with ingredients enlisted on each product. Wilma became very wealthy at the age of ninety five . She lived for sometime to enjoy the fruits of her labor by living in a luxurious home care. But she never revealed the recipe to anyone and the recipe died when Wilma died. This would have been impossible to achieve if it weren't for the flu virus.

 

READER'S REVIEWS (1)
DISCLAIMER: STORYMANIA DOES NOT PROVIDE AND IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR REVIEWS. ALL REVIEWS ARE PROVIDED BY NON-ASSOCIATED VISITORS, REGARDLESS OF THE WAY THEY CALL THEMSELVES.

"Please forgive me if I'm wrong but I'm guessing from your name that English isn't your first language. If this is the case then please disregard the fact that this needs a good edit and that some of the phrasing is bulky and clumsily written. If English isn't your first language then regardless of the odd irregular tense it's damned well written. Interesting story. " -- Sooz, Barrow, Cumbria, England.

TO DELETE UNWANTED REVIEWS CLICK HERE! (SELECT "MANAGE TITLE REVIEWS" ACTION)

Submit Your Review for Invincible Rum
Required fields are marked with (*).
Your e-mail address will not be displayed.

Your Name*     E-mail*

City     State/Province     Country

Your Review (please be constructive!)*


Please Enter Code*:

Submit Your Rating for Invincible Rum

Worst     1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10     Best

COPYRIGHT NOTICE
© 2008 Anna Adamin - Raasveldt
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
January 2008
NUMBER OF TIMES TITLE VIEWED
1634
 

Copyright © 1998-2001 Storymania Technologies Limited. All Rights Reserved.