Short Story: Holiday Butterflies

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Written by
Linda Bond

Narrated by
Julie Ann Dean


Vanessa Cardew is a city kid about to escape the suffocating August city atmosphere on an unusual holiday.


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The clicking of Mum’s white plastic platform boots on the flagstones behind me was suddenly drowned out by an announcement: The arrival of the 10.45 from Bristol. Despite her near naked state, in lime green hot pants and a t-shirt, Mum was huffing and puffing in the August heat. Carrying the blue canvas suitcase in her left hand and clamping a half-smoked Embassy number 6 between the fingers of her right, we paused at the entrance to the tube. A clattering train far underground sent a sirocco of dusty, oily air up the escalator to expel us into the vaulted vastness of City Station.

“Vee,” said Mum craftily, “you’ve got the letter, what does it say?”

A blanket of cloud had insulated the airless city that morning and I had decided to carry my furry brown duffle coat on my arm. It was far too big to go in the case, but I daren’t leave it behind because it was on the…

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Liz Holgate said "I will be looking out for more stories from Linda Bond. So descriptive and extremely well written. Thank you."
2 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you Liz, very kind of you to say so!"
2 years ago
Farah Aina Ferra said "i cant hear it"
2 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "I'm sorry you had trouble hearing this story. Please report it to Shortbread and I hope they can solve the problem for you."
2 years ago
Elizabeth Stuart said "I loved it. The delicateness of the butterfly blends in with the simpleness of the Vanessa and her story. Its like it was protecting her throughout her journey."
2 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you Elizabeth. When a reader enjoys a story it always warms an author's heart!"
2 years ago
Marianne Berg said "Very delicate and touching."
3 years ago
Mai Hong said "Nice"
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you May!"
3 years ago
Ruby Jimenez said "Nice voice, thanks, so intersting."
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thanks Ruby!"
3 years ago
Claudia Albucc├│ said "LOVE IT"
4 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you Claudia .:-)"
4 years ago
Nikhitha Ege said "osum story in adio"
4 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you Nikhitha. :)"
4 years ago
Jane Bailey said "A lovely story so well written."
5 years ago
Jane Bailey replied saying "Your welcome Linda i look forward to the next one."
5 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you Jane, your kind words have cheered up a rainy winter's day!"
5 years ago
Maire Rua said "A beautiful story ... loved the word pictures and the sense of panic, fearfulness and anticipation created during the story. I particularly liked the way you brought it together at the end. Very well written."
6 years ago
Roger Noons said "A well written, intriguing story. Most enjoyable. Thank you."
6 years ago
Barry Robertson said "Hello Lorna Just back from holiday today and switched on PC half an hour ago. What a fine way to finish the day. Good character-building, warm ending, gentle theme. 10 out of ten. Barry Robertson"
6 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor said "I was held all the way through by this story, and loved the ending. Thank you."
6 years ago
George Mason said "I enjoyed the story and was pleased when it had a happy ending. Well written and atmospheric; I was transported away."
6 years ago
Andy Bottomley Guest Editor said "Yep, that did it for me. I really enjoyed some of your descriptive work especially the 'sirocco of dusty, oily air' which in five short words described perfectly that rather unique air quality to which every rail traveller can relate and which for me served as a timely reminder that one does not have to wax lyrical to trigger the senses!! Thanks for that........."
6 years ago
Lise Juneman said "A lovely gift for this summer weekend - thank you! Your writing style flows so nicely and we can all identify with the emotions of the characters. We may never have experienced a train ride to a summer holiday among strangers, kind or otherwise; but we have all held high hopes that uncertain situations will turn out with happy prospects."
6 years ago
Michelle Gullick said "Michelle Gullick said "I enjoyed reading this story. I hoe the Mother can sort out her life. I liked the ending.""
6 years ago
Mary Buchanan said "good story-- best I've read here so far"
6 years ago
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Rosemary Fisher said "Loved it! Just wanted more and more of this beautiful story. Rosemary"
6 years ago
Golda Burke said "I loved your story and still have goosebumps as I write this comment. I loved your details and felt the butterfly could also have been the spirit of her "Mum". Lovely - thanks for sharing."
6 years ago
Joyce Kennedy said "A lovely story, I enjoyed the way the story developed from dirt and pain to beauty and colour, like a butterfly emerging from the chrysalis. Thank you."
6 years ago
Kathryn Johns said "Very sweet and well written"
6 years ago
Ginny Swart Guest Editor said "A beautiful nostalgic story, well written and the way you tied in the butterfly was great."
6 years ago
Louise Maclean said "Loved it .... felt you captured the excitement and anticipation along with the worries very well."
6 years ago
Kirsty Pilcher said "This was a genuine and sweet story - with hidden depths....it made me have goosepimples - always a good sign. I liked it v much....thank you... def a good choice Fiona!! x x"
6 years ago
Charlotte Wemyss said "A great story, I really enjoyed it and it took me right back to my own experience of steam trains and holidays and all the hustle and bustle, and I loved the butterfly being so gently in the middle of all the chaos and clanging and banging and the mixed emotion of fear, excitement and expectation. I give it a 100%. Love Charlotte"
6 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thankyou Charlotte for your kind comments. It's always nice to know that a story has the desired effect."
6 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor said "Really lovely story touching on some now forgotten things such as the Children's Holiday Fund, which must have been a mixture of wonderful excitement and also at times deep fear for the youngsters. Also It was so evocative of days gone by and traveling on the steam trains and the thrill of that. As for butterflies, well they are bringers of good furtune as far as I am concerned and this certainly proved to be the case for this young girl. It also made me reflect on the kindness of strangers in days when people were more inclined to share what little they had. - altogether a great read - thanks for this well written glimpse into the past- Diane ."
6 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thanks Diane, I'm glad you enjoyed it. It is always difficult trying to bring past experiences to life, but with a little help from a fictional butterfly, I tried."
6 years ago
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Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you for your kind words Jay. Greatly appreciated."
6 years ago
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Linda Bond replied saying "Thanks Melvin. As you have guessed, it is based on my own early experiences."
7 years ago
Jocelyn Marie said "Holiday Butterflies - Such a sweet story! "
8 years ago
Barbara H. Horter said "Holiday Butterflies - A story that provides a picture all the many facets and types of love that can fill a growing child's life. Excellent tale."
9 years ago

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