*Strange Stories Boxed Set 1 also available*Coma Hal is, and always will be, the love of my life, even though he no longer remembers me. We met at University and it was love at first sight – he was studying philosophy and was an exciting world away from the stuffy types I was studying biology with. The life we’ve built together, with our two children Janine and Scott, is worth fighting for. But Doctor Nichols, Hal’s psychiatrist, doesn’t want to get my hopes up. ‘It’s been ten years since he came out of the coma,’ he reminds me. ‘It might be healthy for you to move on.’ But I will never give up on him, even if Hal has moved on. Or moved backwards, more accurately, straight back into the arms of Teneille Van Outen, his high school sweetheart. *****Parallel You For Clara, the grass could be so much greener. Sure, she has Dean, but the love died long ago, along with their sex-life. One night, after a lonely mug of champagne, Clara glimpses another version of herself in the mirror. A better version, from a strikingly similar parallel world, Reath, and she is mesmerised. When her parallel self offers to swap places, Clara readily agrees. A portal materialises in the mirror and Clara is transported into her new, exciting world. *****My twin triplets In the year 2063, the chemical fires that had raged from 2042 to 43 had left the air too polluted to procreate naturally. For Ma, the decision had been an easy one, when the scientists came up with a new way to further the human race: she ordered triplets, each the identical genetic twin of her, grown in an artificial womb. The girls – Mary, Patrice and Beth – are breathtaking at thirteen, just as Ma had been. Then, tragedy strikes and Mary suddenly dies. Mary was Ma’s favourite, and Ma feels hard done-by with her remaining two daughters: Patrice – just as pathetic and timid as Ma had been at that age, and Beth: as cold-hearted as Coal, the man Ma had been forced into marrying by her parents when she was only a teenager. *****The BloopWhen a third swimmer disappears in the early hours from Mullaloon Beach, marine biologist Mel Fink is put on beach watch to find the carnivorous sea creature responsible. Mel becomes obsessed with discovering the perpetrator – even more so when the clues seem to point to sea creatures with human-like qualities. Could they be mermaids? Will Mel discover their identity? And at what cost to his own life? *****Waterfall Secrets of the DeadI was too late to save Lucy from the fire. My twin, my best friend, gone, with the mottled red scar on the side of my face from the fire’s flames to remind me of my failure. Which is why I decided to end my own life, by jumping over the precipice of Grace Falls. Down, down, down I went. And the regret hit me, as soon as I’d jumped. I don’t want to die! But I didn’t: A knobbly protrusion in the cliff broke my fall. It was there I discovered the glowing, moss-covered cave, hidden behind the waterfall. I sensed immediately the place was magical – but I did not expect my sister to condensate from the waterfall mist right before my eyes.*****Please check out my website www.CAHewitson.com , and sign up to my newsletter for the free strange story, ‘Out of Body.’*****Cover photo courtesy of rohit gowaikar, entitled ‘I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod, my shadow does that much better – Plutarch. Place – Fort Chavand, Maharashtra, India. This was Rahul standing at the edge of a water cistern and I could see his shadow on the algae filled water. No special effects. No texture. Just a raw converted to jpeg.’https://www.flickr.com/photos/flickrohit/3106971317/in/faves-125476168@N05/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcodeFiltered/edited on www.Canva.com
**Also available in Strange Stories Boxed Set 2**I was too late to save Lucy from the fire. My twin, my best friend, gone, with the mottled red scar on the side of my face from the fire’s flames to remind me of my failure. When people look at me, they look away. I am a reminder of her. Which is why I decided to end my own life, by jumping over the precipice of Grace Falls. Down, down, down I went. And the regret hit me, as soon as I’d jumped. I don’t want to die! But I didn’t: A knobbly protrusion in the cliff broke my fall (as well as my knee cap, but that was a small price to pay for a second chance at life). It was there I discovered the glowing, moss-covered cave, hidden behind the waterfall. I sensed immediately the place was magical – but I did not expect my sister to condensate from the waterfall mist right before my eyes – but I swear to you, that’s what happened! ‘Florrie. I’m here. Don’t be afraid.’ It was only at the cave I could see her, and though the trek was dangerous, she and it became my salvation. But soon Lucy would not be allowed to come anymore – would I be able to face the world again alone, without her? Cover photo courtesy of Mila Gutorova, entitled ‘my lovely sisters.’https://www.flickr.com/photos/milabombila/6147836658/in/faves-125476168@N05/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcodeFiltered/edited on www.Canva.com
Beautiful and successful Nicole Sanchez is months away from marrying her best friend, but she will tell anyone who will listen that the life she’s built was not handed to her on a silver platter. Despite being raised by an abusive mother and having an absentee father, it seems things have finally turned around for her. But just as life is coming together, a visitor from the past resurfaces. His appearance begins a domino effect that threatens everything she’s worked hard for. With the layers falling apart, will she allow fate to take its course, or can she find the strength to keep fighting for what was promised to her?
An old-fashioned love story about a sweet girl from the country. She’s too shy to go to the town dance. But life was about to change forever for Margaux. This is a pure, sweet love story reminding us of what love is all about.
They sat quietly, listening to the rhythm of the rain and watching the sky pour its emotion down onto the foliage outside their window. It was such a peaceful time, just before dawn and before the birds even got an idea that the new day was imminent. Mike put his giant hand around hers and they lost themselves in this moment of romantic rain. This short story is for the romantic in all of us. If you dream of and believe in love and romance, you are part way there to making your dreams come true. This is pure, sweet romance! It’s a treat.
In the final installment of the Second Chances series, we meet two people who have been hurt and are living with tremendous guilt. Former military man, Derek Evans, is afloat in a sea of doubt. Having just decided to end his military career, he finds himself living in Castle Peaks and out of sorts. No regimen to follow. No one giving him orders. Just him and his thoughts. When he meets Alaina Drake, sees how sad and scared she is, he can’t help but want to protect and fix things for her. He gets his opportunity when she over-reacts to a suggestion from Sara and completely melts down. Alaina Drake is hiding from her past. She thinks she can outrun her memories, but instead, they keep following her. When she’s presented with an offer to set a few things right, she shows her strength by stepping up and doing her best to see that her attacker never gets out of prison. But while she rids herself of the fear of being attacked again, she can’t get rid of the guilt she still feels. If not for her, little Emma would be a happy and healthy little girl. But that is not the case and it’s all Alaina’s fault.Derek comes to the rescue more than once, and as they develop a relationship with one another, they are each on their own personal journey to reconcile themselves with God. Discovering that God has a purpose for their lives and a path he wants them to follow isn’t always easy, but the reward for doing so is great. As they deal with their past, they must learn to take a chance on the future. Come along with your favorite characters from Castle Peaks and see how love and acceptance can heal even the most broken heart. Come discover the healing power of love.
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They say that music can sooth the savage beast. What if that music came from a person? What if your inner beast finally found the music it was looking for? What would you do?
Andy meets Agatha and finds many things. Speechless, they communicate. Physical, they feed each other’s soul. It’s perfect.
Until of course, it’s not.
Join Andy and Agatha as they learn that love at first sight and happily ever after are not as simple as one might think. Their reality imposes on their fairytale, but then their fairytale imposes on their reality.
Love may be magic, but it’s never that simple.