My story Evening Tide has been published in the October issue of Living Quietly magazine. It’s a version of my tale Farewell Gifts, which I shared at Salon Soirées’ mirror-themed evening on Tuesday 11th September. It reveals the crunch moment in a woman’s life, and a fresh start within earshot of the sea.
The story was partly inspired by artist Gilly Mound’s painting Little House, pictured above.
Here are a few lines from it:
The house sits on the edge of a field, its tiled roof sagging in camaraderie with windows and doors. Sunbeams bounce from the panes as though someone inside has turned on a light.
The lettings agent allows me to spend half an hour exploring.
“Let me just…” I keep saying as I try to imagine how the spaces will feel with only me and the resident spiders to occupy them. Cobwebs glint wherever the sun sneaks in, nestling where beams meet and holding the place together.
“It’s perfectly safe,” the lettings agent says as we emerge.
“I’ll take it,” I respond. My heart flutters as I utter the words, and I grin at the crooked house.
I’m really pleased to have Evening Tide included in the magazine, which describes itself as being for people “who want to tread more gently through life.” How lovely.