A Ticket Home – Susan Chadwick

Will you come back with me? I’ve bought you a ticket. I’m on my way to meet you and I hope you’ll come home.

I haven’t seen you for half my lifetime, so why search for you now? Well, maybe the aunts were right and you were The One. If you were The One then, could you be The One, now? Have I wasted all this time without you? I missed you. I still miss you. Oh yes.

 

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Fathom – Helen Hardy

They make the perfect cruise image, windswept in the setting sun – my husband against the rail with our daughter Ellie, tall at his side, shielding her wide-eyed baby from the spray. I press the button to preserve them then linger to watch the waves, while they head inside to get ready for dinner.

 

If you’ve enjoyed this snippet and would like to read the rest of the story, why not purchase a copy of the book? The Stories for Homes anthology, containing 63 stories and poems by both award-winning and yet-to-be-published authors became a bestseller AND all royalties go to the charity Shelter.

Half of Everything – Isabel Costello

…I stood in the middle of the road, twice as wide without the cars, and took a good look at 42 Vandemar Court, the family home that no longer was. We’d have had to downsize eventually, with Amy leaving for college next year, the boys long gone.

Twenty-five years we lived here – such a neat, round number. A quarter century. Half my life. The age of our eldest son.

The length of a marriage.

Soon, some other family would greet my neighbours, bake banana bread for new mothers and sit on the stoop, handing out candy on Halloween.

 

If you’ve enjoyed this snippet and would like to read the rest of the story, why not purchase a copy of the book? The Stories for Homes anthology, containing 63 stories and poems by both award-winning and yet-to-be-published authors became a bestseller AND all royalties go to the charity Shelter.

There was this bloke, right – Dan Maitland

started to get messages from God. First one came in through the letter box. It said: Dear Derek, you are doing a lot of things wrong. Sort it out. Lots of love. God.

God had quite nice handwriting and wrote, as you would expect, in rather old-fashioned, capital letters. Derek was a little perturbed about this letter but he also had a lot of other mail that morning and one of the other letters told him that the phone company would stop allowing him to talk to his friends if he didn’t pay them the money he owed within seven days. God’s letter, as you will remember, was far less demanding than that.

 

If you’ve enjoyed this snippet and would like to read the rest of the story, why not purchase a copy of the book? The Stories for Homes anthology, containing 63 stories and poems by both award-winning and yet-to-be-published authors became a bestseller AND all royalties go to the charity Shelter.

Green Door – Michael Scott Thomson

I made a mental checklist as we were shown around.

Beige-and-cream coloured floral wallpaper from the 1970s. Check.

Pungent stomach-shafting odour as if something small and furry has expired behind the skirting board. Check.

Cold tap on the bath looser than my tongue after one too many vodka martinis. Check.

Paper-thin walls, flimsy enough to hear a gnat fart from three blocks away. Check.

Green door. Ooh! I nudged Steve. I always liked our old front door. Green: the colour of change and renewal.

“Gotta be a sign,” he said.

“But the rest-”

“Nothing that a lick of paint won’t fix,” he said.

 

If you’ve enjoyed this snippet and would like to read the rest of the story, why not purchase a copy of the book? The Stories for Homes anthology, containing 63 stories and poems by both award-winning and yet-to-be-published authors became a bestseller AND all royalties go to the charity Shelter.

Homeland – Katherine Hetzel

Councilman Tartris slammed his fist into his saddle. “We will not go into this wasteland. Look at it!”

Anna’s gaze swept over the barren expanse which lay in front of them. Withered grass stretched as far as the eye could see, as far as the strange, flat-topped mountain in the distance. “The heart leads me – and we must continue,” she answered, with a calmness she was struggling to maintain.

“No. I have had enough – we’ve all had enough.” Tartris shook his grizzled head and gripped the reins more tightly; Anna wondered fleetingly, whether he wished it were her neck. “We began this futile search twenty years ago and are no nearer a homeland now than we were at the start. The Council have decreed that the exodus stops, my lady,” he growled. “Right here.”

 

If you’ve enjoyed this snippet and would like to read the rest of the story, why not purchase a copy of the book? The Stories for Homes anthology, containing 63 stories and poems by both award-winning and yet-to-be-published authors became a bestseller AND all royalties go to the charity Shelter.

Fields of Gold – Jody Klaire

The rain hammered her windscreen, as Alina drove the 300 miles from the city to the tiny fishing village where she had been born and raised.

The one she hadn’t visited in five years.

She felt sick. Her own personal failure stung, but failure to get justice for the family – her body trembled with it. She gripped the wheel. She was going back to her parents for the summer. She’d promised her mother that she would at the end of the case – whatever the outcome…

…The motorways became country roads, and the towering buildings became hills, covered in patchwork green. Alina wanted to turn around. She wanted to go back to her apartment, her empty apartment, and crawl into bed.

Anything not to face the people she barely knew any more.

 

If you’ve enjoyed this snippet and would like to read the rest of the story, why not purchase a copy of the book? The Stories for Homes anthology, containing 63 stories and poems by both award-winning and yet-to-be-published authors became a bestseller AND all royalties go to the charity Shelter.