The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 8Dee Dee could not take her eyes off the snake, but instead of moving to strike her, it simply moved from side to side, as if it was entranced. She wasn’t sure exactly what was happening, and then realised that the sound of the bass guitar was causing the stage itself to vibrate - and it was those vibrations that seemed to be keeping the snake enthralled.
Slowly, carefully, Dee Dee started to move back from the snake, her eyes fixed on the flat head as she backed up against the support, still unaware of the timer that was slowly counting down behind her...
“PETER!! Why are you doing this to me?”
Daphne kicked her legs up and down as Peter Pitstop finished taping her arms tightly together behind her back, her elbows resting in the palms of her hands as a silver sheath covered her forearms.
“Why else, Danger Prone Daphne? For love,” he said as he turned her round and sat her on the sill of the car trunk. “I have always loved you,
The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - ConclusionDaphne’s head was spinning. She had suggested drawing them out into the open, but she had not figured on the idea that he would drug and take them... take them...The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Conclusion2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She wasn’t exactly sure where she was, only that she could feel a cool breeze on her face, and her head was spinning - no, wait a minute, it wasn’t her head was spinning, it felt as if she was immobile and spinning at the same time...
She opened her eyes, to see the sky spinning slowly in front of her. She tried to move he r hands to stop it, but as she glanced to her side she could see she was secured with heavy leather straps to a white wooden board, and it was this that seemed to be moving. As the platform slowly turned, she looked to one side, and a short distance away she could see Velma, strapped to a similar board with a thick leather pad covering her mouth.
“Which would explain the taste of rubber in my own,” Daphne thought to herself as she tried moving her own li
Party Poopers“Well, I’ll give you full credit, Ellie, that is one hell of a costume for the party.”Party Poopers2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Eleanor blushed at the compliment from Harriet, as she looked at herself in the mirror of her bedroom. The two girls had been invited to a party at a club Eleanor’s father was a member of, and the theme, naturally enough for the time of year, was horror.
“Yeah,” Eleanor said as she looked over at the redhead, “but it’s not exactly me, is it?” She was wearing white nurse’s uniform, the top buttons undone and a thick blue canvas belt around her waist, but there was a stain at the front to represent blood. She had used tomato juice - and the uniform was an old one of her mother’s. Her long brunette hair was pulled back in a ponytail, and she had sued a combination of flour and soot from an old coal fire to make herself look more ghoulish. The outfit was completed by a pair of black fishnet tights and a pair of Edwa
Missed Her By That Much... In The EndDave turned his head as he heard Alex and Katie laughing under their hoods, but said nothing as he got behind the wheel and set off....Missed Her By That Much... In The End2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Thank you, Charlotte, I think that will take care of things for the moment - I’ll bid you a good day.”
Charlotte Danson smiled at her lawyer as he put on his coat and collected his briefcase. The twenty two year old was wearing a Springsteen concert t-shirt, with the cover of Born in the USA on the front, grey leggings with baggy white socks pulled over the bottom, and a pair of slippers on her feet. Her long dark hair fell over her shoulders, while her blue eyes sparkled almost as much as her smile.
“I’ll be in touch,” Mr Peabody said as he walked with her to the front door of the flat, doffing his hat before he left. As she closed the door, Charlotte stood with her back to it and sighed - it had been one hell of a morning, running from pillar to post, but finally she was in a posit
As Time Goes By - Part 8“Are you sure this is the place, Dave?”As Time Goes By - Part 82 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Rowan looked at her brother in law, who nodded as he turned off the engine of the van.
“This is it - the current domicile of Katherine Benson, the wife of the man who wanted to hurt June. She got out two years ago, and has lived a quiet life ever since - trying to hide from her husband as well probably. Look - over there.”
The front door of the small cottage opened and they both watched as a small, grey haired woman in a bright housecoat put out an empty milk bottle, and then closed the door again.
“Does she know where he is - or does he know where she is?”
“No idea - but in about an hour, he’s going to find out where she is the hard way. Suit up - we move in a few minutes.”
“Are you sure Mum’s boss is not going to get free?”
“June, your mum was one of the best ropers in the business - a skill I believe you may have picked up as well, from wha
Coming Home for Christmas20th DecemberComing Home for Christmas1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
“It really is very kind of you to have me staying for Christmas this year, Karen – with your father passing on this year, I didn’t want to be alone.”
Karen smiled as she pulled up outside her flat, and turned off the engine of her Skoda Octavia. “It’s my pleasure Mum – the last thing either of us needs is a Christmas where we feel sad. Come on – I’ll show you the new flat.”
Karen smiled as her mother got out of the car. For a woman in her sixties, she still looked remarkably good, her greying hair cut into a short bob as she walked over the cobbles and onto the pavement. Gail was wearing a black leather jacket, v-necked jumper and a grey blouse with a frilled front, dark trousers and short black boots.
As for Karen, she was wearing a black military style jacket over a dark round necked top, grey pants and knee length brown boots, the legs of her pants covered by the tan leather.
Staying inKirsty stood in front of the mirror, running the red stick over her lips as she puckered them in her reflection. Eventually, satisfied with the way they were looking, she dropped the covered stick into her handbag and looked at herself again.Staying in2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
“You’ve still got it, Kirsty,” she said to herself with a smile. She was rapidly approaching her fiftieth birthday, but looked younger thanks to her personal trainer and diet. Her long blonde hair was cut in a fringe over her eyes, while the purple sleeveless dress she was wearing hugged her figure. It was accentuated by the wide black leather belt she was wearing around her waist, and the hem came to just above her knees.
Walking into the front room, she sat on the chair and started to put on the purple wedge shoes that matched her dress. Once her daughters were there, the plan was to surprise her own mother on this, her seventieth birthday, with a meal out at an exclusive restaurant.
Glancing at her Cartier watch, Kirsty s
Short ShortsThat summer of 1971 was a magical one, one in which I first found the freedom to express who I truly was, albeit in a way that caused a little difficulty for the four students in the house next to mine.Short Shorts2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I had just finished my training, and was eager to show the world what I had to offer, as well as please my instructors, so I laid my plans carefully. I knew they were the daughters of very wealthy men and women, and those rich parents would pay handsomely for them to be safely returned. So I found a nice isolated cabin, invested in furnishing the place to a basic level, and got some supplies in. Then I waited.
They all had nice names that reflected the sunny California air – May, April, June and Summer. It was May that I decided would be first, over the course of one Friday night and Saturday morning.
She worked as a singer at a local night club, so the other girls knew she would be late back anyway, and sometimes she stayed away all night. Perfect fo
As Time Goes By - Part 2Sitting on the couch, facing the doorway, was Carol’s daughter Kate. She looked very much like her mother, if slightly slimmer, and her hair was a darker shade of brown. She also wore a pair of metal framed glasses - which she was looking at her mother through, as she tried to speak.As Time Goes By - Part 22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Mssreemm,” was all she could say through the knotted brown and white spotted headscarf that had been pulled into her mouth, the ends sitting around her head and tied together at the base of her neck. Kate was wearing a brown and pink tartan style blouse over a white round necked top, the sleeves of the blouse rolled slightly back to show the cuffs of the undergarment - and the white plastic zip tie that had been used to secure her wrists together.
A second tie was around her ankles, compressing the cuffs of her skin tight jeans around the white ankle socks she was wearing, and third strip was around her legs, just above her knees. One more strip held her wrists do
Turn The Coo-Coo-Clock BackMiddletonTurn The Coo-Coo-Clock Back10 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
“Hey Penny,” Jim and Tim Possible said as Penny Gadget walked through the doors of Middleton High, “welcome to the town!”
“Thanks,” Penny said as she hugged them both. It had been two months since she had managed to foil the diabolical plans of Doctor Claw, alongside their sister Kim, and now she and her uncle had relocated to the town. He was on assignment with the SFPD, which meant she was managing for both of them.
Having said that, as she looked round, she was enjoying the change. Being a perfectly normal high school student had certain advantages. And at least she got to spend time with Kim. The older girl had taken Penny under her wing and become a big sister, but she still had Brain to help her out if things went haywire.
Which, given who her uncle was, happened more often than not.
In another part of town, a distinguished grey haired gentleman was in conversation over the telephone.
“I assure you,
Missed Her By That Much... At The University10 amMissed Her By That Much... At The University2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As he pulled into the yard at the back of the university building, Jack looked round before climbing out of the driver’s seat and walking round to the side door. As he opened it, Katie and Alex looked round, their heads now covered in brown burlap bags.
“You going to be able to keep an eye on them,” he said to Dave, who was sitting with his arms on his knees watching the two girls wriggle round.
“Yeah, I’ll be fine,” he said with a big smile, “you go and get the Charlotte chick, and we’ll be on our way tout suite.” Jack smiled a she picked up a toolbox and closed the van door, walking towards a rear entrance to the building.
“Thank you for dropping by - I’ll see you at the tutorial tomorrow.”
Professor Jane Lawton watched as the dark haired student walked out of her outer office and down the corridor, her coat hitting lightly on the back of her legs as she did so. Professor Lawton was
As Time Goes By - Part 11“Uncle Dave? Am I just being stupid, or isn’t there a big flaw to your plan?”As Time Goes By - Part 112 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Dave looked at June, the smile still fixed on his face, and said “go on?”
“Well, if Benson is as well connected as you think he is, isn’t he going to track down you by finding out where the web page is hosted, and then your home address?”
“Do you know, Gina,” Dave said as he looked over to his wife, “our smart niece may have a point. Should we be worried about Mister Benson tracking us down and paying us a visit rather than the ransom?”
“Well, I guess that would be a concern, Dave,” Gina said with a smile, “if we had not taken certain sensible precautions.”
June looked at both of them, before saying “Just where is your web server based anyway?”
“For most purposes, my dear, the server is based way out of this country. For the purposes of Mr Benson, however, the route will take him
As Time Goes By - Part 6Rowan took a deep breath and said “Well, the reason was actually you, dear.As Time Goes By - Part 62 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“You were only a young girl when I did my last job - I was working alongside a woman known as The Vixen, before she too had to disappear under - well, you’ll see. We both broke into a house on the outskirts of Manchester - a place we spent a long time researching, studying the layout and even visiting a couple of times in disguise to locate the safe.
“Anyway, it would have been at about one in the morning when we entered the house, and I disabled the alarm. Vixen made her way upstairs, and my task was to find the safe and open it as quickly as possible. Before I got a chance to do much to the door, however, I heard a shout from upstairs, and feet running down, so I stepped out and grabbed the young woman who was trying to get to the telephone.
“She was a little younger than you - twenty one I later found out - long red hair, thin, and was not exactly what you woul
Meanwhile...Meanwhile, a few hours earlier in Leeds...Meanwhile...1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
“First day at the job – looking forward to it?”
Patricia Pearce looked at herself in the mirror, making sure her dyed red hair was smart and in place, before saying “Just about. It’s not a great job, but it pays well.”
“Probably because we have to go out to the middle of nowhere,” her flatmate Josephine Smith said, “but at least you have my company on the way there.” She had longer blonde hair, pulled back in a ponytail, and a lighter complexion than Patricia, whose skin tone came from her upbringing on the Yorkshire moors.
“So where is this place anyway?”
“All I have is a grid reference for the sat nav,” Patricia said as she buttoned up her white blouse, then smoothed her skirt down. The sound of the doorbell ringing made them both look to the hallway.
“I wonder who that is,” Josephine said as she went to the door, while Patricia
Wrapped Up In WorkAly was bored - the day had been one of those where there had been few customers, and even fewer sales, so when her manager had left an hour earlier and told her to lock up when the store closed she knew it was going to be worse. She looked at the customer by the shelves of everyday scarves and smiled, hoping that would encourage her to buy something.Wrapped Up In Work2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She looked the type to wear a scarf - about five foot six, wearing a brown dogtooth design jacket and skirt, with light hose and brown leather shoes with a short heel. She had short brown hair cut into a tight bob. “At least I might make some sales, and save the day for La Beauté des Foulards,” she said to herself.
The shop was a small one, tucked into the corner of an old Victorian arcade, and specialised in scarves of all shapes and sizes. Rachel liked it for that, and smiled at the young assistant behind the counter. The girl had shoulder length black hair, and was wearing a white blouse
As Time Goes By - Part 9Her eyes widened as she looked into the room. Lying on the bed was a woman, not much older than her, dressed in a powder pink crop top and shorts. Where her skin was bare, around her midriff, wrists, and legs, were bands of silver tape holding her in place, and a similar band of tape was wrapped around her mouth. The woman was staring back at June, her eyes wide as she tried to talk to her.As Time Goes By - Part 92 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
What was worse was that she recognised the girl - she was the younger sister of her colleague Dave. They had met at a party at his place a few weeks previously, and June - well, Kate, had got on well with her. She realised that this was how they managed to stop Dave from doing anything stupid that day as well.
“I’m sorry,” she said, trying to disguise her voice as she did so, “but I can’t help you - not now. The women who held you captive are captives themselves now - so here’s what I’m going to do.”
She walked to th
No Charge“Thanks - this will do fine,” Amanda said as the motel manager showed her into the room. It was basic, but at least it had a fridge, a bed and a television, as well as a microwave and a kettle - all she really needed for the next few days.No Charge2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She had really needed to get out of town - the last week of October was never really fun for her, not since the incident with the home invaders. Her parents understood, so each year she took herself off to a quiet town somewhere warm, and spent the time on her own, catching up on her reading or just lying in the sun.
She placed her bag on the bed and stretched as the room door closed behind her. Amanda was wearing a black round necked sweater top, the bottom of which she had ticked into a pair of white shorts, and sneakers with no shorts. It was how she preferred to drive distances, and she felt comfortable in it.
“Yeah, this will do,” she said to herself as she looked in the fridge, making a note of h
As Time Goes By - Part 5“Hello, darling - long time no see,” the man said as he pulled the stocking off, revealing a close cropped head of grey hair and a huge smile on his face.As Time Goes By - Part 52 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Uncle Dave?” Kate said, her jaw hanging down in astonishment, “and Aunt Gina? What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
“Their job,” Carol said as she watched the masked woman finally remove her balaclava, revealing a slightly older version of her own face, the blonde hair streaked with grey. “How’s the objets d’art procurement process, big sis?”
“Can’t complain, but then you would not know we’ve branched out into the internet sales business,” Gina said as she sat down and piled some fried rice onto a plate, “after all, you stopped fifteen years ago.”
“For very good reason - that hoodlum was going to have me killed. I had to go into hiding - to protect Kate and myself. What about my boss?
As Time Goes By - Part 3“So, is this the first time you have ever been in this situation?”As Time Goes By - Part 32 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“What, held hostage in my own home by a crazy masked woman with a gun,” Carol said quietly. “No, I don’t think I can say this has ever happened to me personally. What about you, Kate?”
Carol turned and looked at her daughter. “What? When did that happen?”
“Earlier today - that was what I was coming round to talk to you about Mum. The jewellery store I work in was robbed this lunchtime. Two men in motorcycle helmets came in, made Bobbi, Dave and me sit on the floor behind the counter, taped our wrists and ankles, and then covered our mouths before they took the contents of the display cabinets.”
“My god,” Carol said as she pulled her daughter closer to her again, “I’m sorry you went through that, darling.”
“It is a little unfortunate,” the masked woman said as
The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 7PREVIOUSLY ON THE GREAT PITSTOP PANDEMONIUM...The Great Pitstop Pandemonium - Part 72 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Velma and Daphne have arrived at the stately home of Daphne's friend Penny Pitstop, but perils are approaching from all sides.
A villainous fiend, taking the name of The Hooded Claw, has traced a jewel known as The Star of Alamein. The trail has led to Pitstop Manor - a place where he feel she can avenge the ignominy poured on his ancestor.
Penny had hired Dee Dee, of the San Francisco based Teen Angels, to help with security, but over the last 24 hours the girls have been kidnapped, tied up, nearly killed and generally menaced by not only The Hooded Claw, but another villain who is after The Star - or may be after Daphne. Dee Dee has been joined by the hero known as Captain Caveman, and a small man by the name of Clyde, who have their suspicions about Penny's brother Peter.
When we last saw them, Velma and Daphne had been rescued from a watery grave by Taffy and Brenda, Dee Dee's colleagues, while Penny and Nida, the real owner of Th
As Time Goes By - Conclusion“Right,” the masked man said as he held a gun to Carol’s neck, “Here’s what’s going to happen. Carol here is going to go to your office, and make a substantial withdrawal from your company account. To do that, she will need your password and access information - and I am sure you will give it to us, because if not it will get very, very messy. Understand?”As Time Goes By - Conclusion2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Amanda slowly nodded as he leaned down and cut away the tape from her mouth, gasping as the cloth was removed before saying “All right - I don’t want them to be hurt. Are you all right, Carol?”
Carol nodded and kept silent, as Amanda told the intruder how to access the company accounts, and the necessary information. As she finished, she saw Kate shaking by the woman’s side, .tears running down her cheeks as she tried to stay calm.
“Take her to get ready,” the man said as he pushed Carol towards his companion and grabbed Kate,
Missed Her By That Much... At The Lawyers1 pmMissed Her By That Much... At The Lawyers2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The offices of Mumford and Peabody were in a tree-lined avenue in one of the more wealthy suburbs of the city, meaning that the grey van stood out a little as it stopped on the road.
“Can’t you keep that lot quiet in the back,” Jack called over his shoulder as he heard a muffled group of yells and wails.
“If you don’t shut up,” he heard Dave say, “Then...” The calls suddenly stopped, making Jack smile as he looked at the door to the building.
“Right,” he said as he picked up a balaclava and his handgun, “Keep your phone on. I’m going to go inside, and if she’s not there I’ll call you, all right?”
Babs Carter hated her lunch hour. As Mister Peabody left with his last client, she smiled and said she would be fine, lying through her teeth as she said it. She hated having to do the office cover for the phones, but everyone had to do their turn, and she had to make t
Two by Two1st MayTwo by Two2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
“Right - you two, get in there and don’t give us any more trouble!”
Chantel glared at the two masked men as she and her secretary Devon were pushed into the store room of the office. It was the lunch break, and they had hoped to catch up with some filing and other paperwork after a week in which they had managed to shift over twenty properties.
Instead, the two men had come in after the last of the rest of the staff had left, locked the doors and held them at gunpoint. Devon, fearful for their safety, had immediately raised her hands, the sleeves of her light grey jacket slipping down as it opened to show her black camisole. Chantel had been less easy to co-operate, but the very large pistol that had been shown to her was very persuasive.
She had allowed them to pull her hands behind her back and bind her wrists tightly with the thick rope, then stood impassively, her face framed by her long brown hair as Devon received the same treatment.
As Time Goes By - Part 10Dave smiled and said “Oh, I think we’re going to give Mr Benson the shock of his life. We’re going back to your place - Gina and June should be there by now, with things set up.”As Time Goes By - Part 102 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As they pulled up outside, Dave got out of the car first, checking the coast was clear before Rowan helped to move their captive out of the back seat of the car, and her carried her across the threshold. He then carried her up the stairs and into June’s bedroom, while Rowan went into the front room.
“Right then,” he said as he laid Katherine down on the bed, “wait there for a few minutes - I’ll be right back.” Katherine nodded as she twisted her legs round, getting herself comfortable as she looked round. It was a typical bedroom for a young woman, with scarves hanging off a mirror and a wardrobe with clothes she knew she could never wear.
“Right,” Dave said as he came back, “Just let me take a few shots here.
Winter Perils - The China Doll GangAudrey had been taken completely by surprise when she made her way to the kitchen to fetch some more wine for her and her mother, and saw the apparition hanging in the air. A ghostly white face, seemingly just hovering there. It was only when she had felt the hand on her shoulder, and saw the grey outline of the woman stepping forward, that she realised not only was it not a ghost, it was someone who she had read about in the Daily Mail.Winter Perils - The China Doll Gang1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
She stood, unable to move from a combination of fear and disbelief as the long rope was draped around her neck and down her shoulders, before her arms were pulled back by the motion of the rope spiralling down them, her wrist fixed together in the small of her back, the rope digging into her bare arms as the intruder then wound the rope around her body and chest, criss-crossing her black t-shirt as the person in front of her removed the long turquoise scarf from around her neck, and rolled it into a tight band...
“About time, Audrey w