The Package, Finders Keepers Short Story

Finders Keepers. I have not edited or looked at this since 2008 when I wrote it. I’ll look at it tomorrow. The divorced retired head West Australian policeman and his girlfriend pulled off the Australian outback dirt road for a comfort stop and refreshments. She grabs food from the 4-wheel drive while he lights a fire. The scream of a car tearing by meant nothing until the bulging travel bag lands at her feet, minutes later the police car roared past. In the bag is a fortune in used notes. The money solves all their financial problems. So what does the ex-copper do when asked if he knows anything. Ex-Chief of West Australian Police force James Cartwright was enjoying driving north to Ningaloo Reef. From his home Perth its 1,500 miles away. It’ll take five...

Thee Tsunami Short Story. Action ascene from my screenplay, The Giant’s Playground

    Captain Issi Haku peered through the haze, his eyes on the Icebreaker slashing its way through the ice mass as he circled the exposed Siberian seaport of Petropavlovsk. He was a small man, middle-aged – and an experienced Japanese pilot.  His co-pilot, navigator and life long friend was his uncle, Matsu Takashi. “The ice breakers are early this year. This’ll definitely be our last trip till next spring’s thaw,” his companion remarked. Issi turned his head. “Don’t worry we will be out of here in two hours tops.” Matsu smiled. “I hope Comrade Nikita’s got that extra fuel this time.” The twin-engine World War 2 (or 40? year old) Catalina seaplane skidded to a slushy halt as near to the dockside as was safe on the ice-capped greywater. “So far, so good...

The Mugging. Short Story

At my age it’s time for most men to be thinking of putting one’s feet up, and taking it easy. Other luckier ones did so years ago. But knocking a white ball around fields trying to get it a small hole didn’t do much for me. Pat and I have always been a busy couple physically and mentally. It was clear that winter night when I decided to nip down to the shop overlooking the Paignton Harbour for a paper. As it’s only a ten-minute walk, I never thought of taking the car. I just reached the end of the reasonably well-lit road when this man; he’d have been about 25 I suppose, stepped in front of me, his nose almost touching mine. His breath smelt of cigarettes or it could have been grass, but not knowing what that smells like. Anyway, his manner was both...

Pentad and the Real Wizards Handbook

Leeds Castle, Near Maidstone, Kent, England. The Loveliest castle in the Kingdom.               Log Logline. Wizardry is the world’s oldest profession, and five -The Pentad have been out of action for centuries. Then the dusty remains of a leather-bound book covered in hieroglyphics are discovered in a cobweb-strewn castle dungeon. These are the book covers and drawings. (see Graham’s superb drawing, he started the alphabet and hieroglyphics ) Synopsis. For centuries and contrary to belief, Wizardry is alive and flourishing – well almost. Recently a young be-spectacled English boy thrust Wizardry to the fore. Unfortunately, the Pentad has been out of action for about 800 years and are now desperate to prove their worth....

The Letter. Short story. Ghost story

A Ghost Story. 65-minute  screenplay written. On December 23, 1943, RAF Squadron Leader James Ford receives an order, one he does not want. ‘Photograph German Rocket sites today.’ James is getting married on Christmas Eve. Arguing with his Commanding Officer delays his take off, cramps mission time, and his return. His commanding officer is Winston Churchill. They are the only two who knew about this secret mission. James scribbles a letter to Kathy. His friend and best man promises to deliver it by hand later that day at Tenterden in Kent. Unfortunately, his letter is delivered 50 years later on Christmas Eve 1993. The Rocket facility is at the limit of James Mosquito’s range. To return and marry his fiancé means taking risks. Get it wrong, he ditches in the...