More short stories

For the 100 Shots of Short Challenge

43rd shot of short: The hard core by Maeve Binchy

I read this story from the book This year it will be different.

It is the story of a bunch of old people in an old-age home, who are EXTREMELY difficult to get along with, who grumble about everything and are never pleased with anything or anyone. Quite appropriately, the owner of the old-age home has named them ‘The Hard Core’. Things are made even more difficult by the fact that the home is in deep financial trouble. Suddenly, one day, things look up – and The Hard Core softens.

It is a nice, feel-good Christmas-time story. An entertaining one!

I couldn’t find it online.

44th shot of short: Season of fuss by Maeve Binchy

This is another story from Maeve Binchy’s short story collection – This year it will be different.

This one is also a Christmas-time story, about an extremely fussy mother, who fusses all the more when the festival season comes. This year, her children can take her fuss no more and decide to do everything on their own, leaving no chance for her to fuss.

It is a touching and nice read.

Not available online.

45th shot of short: The civilised Christmas by Maeve Binchy

This is yet another Christmassy story from Maeve Binchy’s collection – This year it will be different.

It is about Martin, who goes through a hell of a lot with his first wife Tina, and ultimately divorces her to re-marry Jen, who proves to be a doting wife and a wonderful mother to his son Stevie. But, Jen always lives under the shadow of Tina, always feeling threatened by her. This Christmas, she decides to give up her ‘civilised’ behaviour and tells Martin that she cannot take any more of Tina.

It is a touching and entertaining read, with the right amount of mush in it. A feel-good story that I quite liked.

Not available online.

46th shot of short: The emperor’s new clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

Finally, I got around to exploring fairytales  once again, something that I had been wanting to do for long. The first fairytale that I picked up was the famous The emperor’s new clothes by Hans Christian Anderson.

As almost everyone knows, it is the story of two weavers making a fool out of an emperor, by telling him that they would weave and stitch special clothes for him – something that would not be visible to those who are not fit enough for the post they hold and to fools. It was great fun rediscovering this story once again after ages.

Available online here

47th shot of short: The Christmas Baramundi by Maeve Binchy

I read this from the book This year it will be different.

It is the story of Liam and Janet, who meet on the day before Christmas at a fish stall, quarelling over a baramundi. They go out for coffee and are instantly attracted to each other. They part with the promise to meet each other again, and they do too. The end, however, is very different. I felt sad for Janet when I had finished reading it.

I couldn’t find this one online.

48th shot of short: Travelling hopefully by Maeve Binchy

This is another beautiful story that I read from Maeve Binchy’s short story collection This year it will be different.

It is about Ted O’Neill and Meg, both aged parents who meet on the plane as they go to visit their respective children – Tom to see his daughter Deirdre, Dee as she prefers to be called, who insists on living in with her partner instead of marrying him, while Meg is on her way to meet her son Robert, who married Rosa in a hush-hush wedding ceremony. Both are having a culture shock, and are scared of meeting their children and their better halves. They give support to each other on the plane ride and become good friends.

It is a very cute story that I really loved. I am SO thankful to the author for not making the end predictable and drab.

I couldn’t find this one online.

49th shot of short: Marigold by Maeve Binchy

This story is about a girl named Marigold, who has gotten used to people calling her Panda – till she meets a handsome colleague at a party who invites her to dance with him. The colleague, Eddie, teaches her to stand up for herself and insist on calling her Marigold, as he himself does. Their friendship grows, in spite of Marigold receiving being warned by the girls at work against Eddie.

It is another feel-good story that left me smiling at the end.

I read this story on Maeve Binchy’s website here.

50th shot of short: The little match girl by Hans Christian Andersen

This is another story that I rediscovered after years, something I studied back in school.

It is the story of a poor, little girl selling matches the day before New Year’s eve. No one has bought anything off her, and she has no money. Extremely cold, hungry and tired, she waits for someone to buy something from her so that she could go home.

It is a sad story, but one that I enjoyed reading and reminiscing about after all these years.

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Wish you all a very merry Christmas, people!!! Hope you enjoy the festive season!! 🙂

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