A short story to warm your heart! – Dear Patch

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Short Stories | 0 comments

A short story to warm your heart! – Dear Patch

The Christmas season is a time for reflection … a friend of mine, who has since passed, gave me a letter he’d received from his mom in England, and he told me it would make a great short story … I was honoured to be able to turn the letter into a short story. I hope you enjoy it, and if you are so inclined, share a special moment with me! Have a wonderful day – your “Writer on the Run.” DEAR PATCH © Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour   Winter in North Hampton hadn’t changed much over the 90 years Winifred had...

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Closing the Cottage – Conclusion

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Short Stories | 0 comments

Closing the Cottage – Conclusion

CLOSING THE COTTAGE Conclusion © Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour, your Writer on the Run   Gerry had decided to head up to the cottage early and surprise his daughter. He got an eerie feeling when he saw the front door was ajar. Princess was meowing by the cellar door. When she saw him, she slipped through the door, stood on the landing, and meowed again. “What’s wrong, Princess?” Gerry asked, following her. She padded down the steps, headed to the room and meowed at the steel door.  Gerry opened it. “Oh my God!” he exclaimed, rushing to his...

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Closing the Cottage – Part 5 of Six

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Short Stories | 0 comments

Closing the Cottage – Part 5 of Six

Closing the Cottage Part 5 of 6 © Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour   “Hello Caroline,” the voice was vaguely familiar. “Mr. Malcolm?” Caroline held up the knife. “There’s no need for the knife Caroline,” he said, standing and stepping out of the shadows. “I noticed someone skulking around your cottage earlier, so I came over to make sure you were okay.” “You lie!” Caroline spit out. “My doors and windows are all locked––how did you get in?” Mr. Malcolm pointed: “That window was open.” Caroline looked. Impossible! She had secured everything! She...

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Closing the Cottage – Part Four of Six

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Closing the Cottage – Part Four of Six

CLOSING THE COTTAGE Part Four of Six © Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour, your Writer on the Run   Princess was pacing at the back door when Caroline reached the top of the stairs. The knocking had ceased, but as she stepped into the kitchen, Caroline noticed a shadowy figure disappearing toward the lake. It looked like a woman. “Should I go after her?” Caroline asked Princess. She glanced at her watch––6:00. No, whoever it was, if they’d been desperate enough, they would have stayed. Caroline double-checked the locks on the doors and windows. She...

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Closing the Cottage – Part three of six

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Short Stories | 0 comments

Closing the Cottage – Part three of six

CLOSING THE COTTAGE (Part 3 of six) © Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour, your Writer on the Run   Caroline pushed her chair back as she noticed the time at the bottom of the computer screen––11:55. Her throat felt slightly scratchy. Another pot of tea would be in order, she thought as she stood up and headed downstairs. “Come on, Princess,” she called to her sleeping cat. Princess flicked her ears and continued her nap on the foot of the bed. Caroline decided on a cup of soup instead of the tea. While it was heating in the microwave, she took the...

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Closing the Cottage – Part two of six

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Short Stories | 0 comments

Closing the Cottage – Part two of six

CLOSING THE COTTAGE (Part Two of Six) © Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour, your Writer on the Run   Caroline opened the fridge, pulled out some leftover lasagne, popped it in the oven, and then went down to the basement. Her father had purchased some steel traps a couple of summers ago because they’d had an infestation of raccoons. Her mother had protested, so he’d gone out and bought some humane cages, to appease her. Caroline knew her father had used them anyway; she’d followed him one day when he’d snuck out early in the morning. She followed...

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Closing the Cottage – Part One

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Short Stories | 1 comment

Closing the Cottage – Part One

CLOSING THE COTTAGE A serial short story for your Fall reading pleasure… Part One of Six © Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour, your Writer on the Run It had been a long summer. Mom and dad were heading back to the city and their mundane jobs. She would be staying for another six weeks, being of age now; she’d been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. “Caroline, we’re leaving now, love,” her mom called up the stairs. “Be down in a sec,” Caroline shouted. “Your father has the car running, dear; please don’t dawdle.” “I won’t mother.”...

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Sunday Morning Story Time – Blind Justice

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Short Stories | 0 comments

Sunday Morning Story Time – Blind Justice

BLIND JUSTICE A Short Story for your Sunday Morning reading pleasure! © Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour (If you enjoy this short story and would like to read more from a collection of shorts by me, click here and pick up a copy of one of my short story books! Thank you and have a wonderful day.) Karen groped around in the room. Someone had rearranged her furniture––why? She moved further into the space, heading for her kitchen. Damn! Where had this wall come from? A rustling sound permeated the silence. Karen’s head turned to the left, toward where...

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In From the Cold – A story to warm your heart…

Posted by on Dec 27, 2015 in Short Stories, Writer On The Run | 0 comments

In From the Cold – A story to warm your heart…

© Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour  Frederick had lived on the streets for years. This past winter had been particularly difficult, for two reasons. One, there had been an over-abundance of snow, which had made it difficult for him to get around, the other––Tracey. He’d come upon Tracey one cold December night. She’d been curled up in his spot, sound asleep. At first, he’d been angry and had been prepared to give her the boot out, but then, as he stood watching her… She was wrapped in one of his old tattered blankets. Her face was mottled with...

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Walk In Our Shoes – A 21st Century “Christmas Carol”

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Short Stories, Writer On The Run | 0 comments

Walk In Our Shoes – A 21st Century “Christmas Carol”

WALK IN OUR SHOES A Christmas Carol for the 21st Century © Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour Jack was ticked off with the hypocrisy of the world! He was angry and frustrated with all the different religions claiming they were the one and the only way to some higher order or afterlife. In his opinion, most people couldn’t manage the life they had now! It was Christmas Eve and Jack sat at home, alone. He had refused the traditional invitation to Rebecca and Ian’s home for holiday festivities. Who did they think they were––Rebecca was Jewish; Ian was a...

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