#Fiction #Literary: BOUQUET OF SHORT STORIES, VOLUME ONE
by Clive Aaron Gill
(Vista, California, USA)
Original Art by Iris Gill, BOUQUET OF SHORT STORIES, VOLUME ONE
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“A BOUQUET OF SHORT STORIES, VOLUME ONE” contains six stories that have all been published in Internet magazines:
“Mr. Razor Blades,” published in Pens on Fire. A seven year old boy in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia takes his father’s used razor blades and gives them to his school friends. The mothers of his friends are irate to discover their children have been given sharp razor blades and that the blades have harmed children. The mothers complain to the boy’s mother and the boy is punished for his indiscretion.
“A Bulawayo Afternoon,” published in Shark Reef. A young man, in a difficult family situation, asks the mother of his good friend for help and is surprised at her reaction.
“A Bulawayo Wedding,” published in 6 Tales. An expensive wedding of a Jewish couple takes place in an era of British Colonial racial discrimination where African servants of the bride and groom are barred from attending the reception after the marriage ceremony. The father of the bride needs help to pay for the event.
“Like Ripening Fruit,” published in Pens on Fire. Josh and Simon face hunger in Southern Rhodesia. Simon leads a group of violent men to obtain food. He is arrested and jailed. After his jail term is completed, Simon trains in Northern Rhodesia as a resistance fighter and returns to Southern Rhodesia to participate in events that lead to independence for Zimbabwe. In their old age, Josh and Simon retire to their village where the sangoma, the witch doctor, predicts Zimbabwe’s future.
“School Bus Driver,” published in Pens on Fire. A single mother trains to be a bus driver. After much training, she passes a driving test but has difficulties in maintaining her employment.
“A Gift From Hans,” published in Larks Fiction Magazine. Manny, a school bus driver and Joe, a student, are apartment neighbors in California. Joe asks Manny to allow Joe to read his daily newspaper before Manny takes it in the morning. Manny does not comply and Joe takes action.
“Lost in San Francisco,” published in Gravel Literary Journal. A teacher can’t find his car in San Francisco. He reports a “stolen vehicle” to the police department and is shocked to discover the car’s location.
Clive Aaron Gill’s short stories have appeared in Pens on Fire, the on-line magazine of short fiction and poetry, Every Day Fiction magazine, Short Humor, Postcard Shorts, The Screech Owl, Wilderness House Literary Review, Gravel Literary Journal, Shark Reef literary magazine, Larks Fiction Magazine and in 6 Tales magazine of short fiction.
Clive’s novel, “GO WELL, MY SONS” and “A BOUQUET OF SHORT STORIES, VOLUME One” are available at:
amazon.com/author/cliveaarongill The Kindle app is available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Clive has worked as a salesperson, mediator, farm hand, information technology manager and school bus driver. Born in Zimbabwe, he has lived and worked in Southern Africa, North America and Europe. He received a degree in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles and lives in San Diego.
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