Short Fiction #5 The Noise

The Noise

Irene hesitated.

She held her breath.

The noise came again.

“I hope it isn’t what I think,” she whispered.

She tiptoed forward, stopping at the door.

As her eyes adjusted to the dim light her suspicions were confirmed.

“So you’ve had your kittens, Fluff?

But why did you have to use the ironing basket?”

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Copyright 2006 Trevor W. Hampel

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2 Responses to “Short Fiction #5 The Noise”

  1. David says:

    Well this is certainly a short story. On the lines of your childrens book, it would be great. Just at the markets again in town looking for a book for my grandson (18mnths) and honestly, there is not very little and I begrudge paying twenty five dollars for some pc nonsense written by equally correct people. So I am doing what you are only they are based around home (Coorabie in the far west) Lots of magpies, w3ombats, roos, turkeys, major mitchells, crows.. My son did lit at Flinders and is also in to kids books and is a good illustrator too. Unlike you, I am far from finished. farm I’m still reading your blog and its very interesting. I was initially looking on google for a magpie pic to pinch but have resolved I’ll have to take one myself. Had an interest too in birds, still have. Your site is very interesting. Look forward tonm reading it all. cheers David Kilgariff

  2. Trevor says:

    Hi there David.

    Welcome to my blog – or should I say – blogs. Sounds like you’ve be finding your way around them. Your remarks are encouraging to me and makes writing these articles all worthwhile when I get feedback like yours. I love the interaction I have with my 1000s of readers every month from over 100 countries around the world.

    I tend to agree with you about the PC content of many children’s books. If you think it’s bad here, you should see some American picture books. Authors there are not allowed to show the udder of a cow, for example, in case it offends someone. This is one of many dozens of prohibited things illustrators cannot include. The world has gone mad.

    The price, unfortunately, merely reflects the terrible cost of producing a picture book in colour. Most are now printed in Asia and the price is still high.

    The very short story I published above was one of many writing exercises I did some time ago. I tried to restrict myself to tell a story in about 50 words (or less). It had to have a beginning, a middle and twist in the ending. It was a good writing discipline. Happy reading.