Short Story: Out To Play

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Written by
Kate Smart

Narrated by
Paul Jerricho


Tony is a pulp fiction writer, and lives with his wife Marjory in 1960s suburbia. They are in the middle of a marital war, and the neighbours become involved...


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Once again Harlow felt his morale being bolstered by the reassuring presence of the high calibre pistol nestling in his inside pocket. He eyeballed his opponent... already one man lay dead, his skull crushed by a lethal blow from…

Tony stopped typing, blinked, and rubbed his forehead. The afternoon sun glinted on the sovereign ring he wore on the middle finger of his right hand.

"Marjory!" he shouted through the half-opened window.

A slim, blonde woman in her fifties looked up from the vegetable patch, where she had been occupied in spraying cabbages.

"Coffee time!"

Marjory waved in acknowledgement and removed her gardening gloves as she picked her way through the cabbages and across the strawberry bed towards the back door. Kicking off her gardening clogs she walked towards the sink, cracking her knuckles as she went. Tony appeared at the kitchen door.

"God, that is an annoying habit. Must you?"

"Yes, Tony, I must. And if you cracked yours…

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Kris Wallace Guest Editor said "Editor's Pick - Kate Smart has a wickedly dark side - and it makes all of her stories immensely enjoyable. She posts very positive and constructive comments around the site which is how she first caught my eye. So when first asked to be Guest Editor I immediately thought of reviewing The Cypress Tree. Then I read Out To Play. And was delighted! This is the most humorous of her tales. Every single character is likeable and you can't help but be charmed by the opera glasses wearing author, Tony. The banter is classic from beginning to end and the pay off is well worth it. Go on Shortbread, make it an audio!"
8 years ago

Sandy Wardrope said "Hi Kate, Just found your story, loved the 'patter' (Glasgowese for dialogue) and found your characters to be likeable and hateful at the same time, well done. Isn't great fun trying to find different was to bump someone off especially when they deserve it. Keep up the good work. Yours, Sandy W."
4 years ago
Kate Smart Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you Sandy! Nice to get a comment, and very glad you liked it."
4 years ago
Patsy R Liles said "This was spellbinding. An excellent Job of suspense. Levity, and intrigue! Paul Jerricho was the perfect narrator. Patsy Liles"
6 years ago
Kate Smart Guest Editor replied saying "Thanks very much Patsy - I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I was thrilled with the narration myself - he added so much to it."
6 years ago
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Kate Smart Guest Editor replied saying "Thanks so much David - I really appreciate your message. That encourages me to FINALLY finish the sequel to Wasps' Revenge that I've had sitting on the back burner for six months!"
6 years ago
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Kate Smart Guest Editor replied saying "Hi David, thanks so much for listening and commenting, it's lovely to hear from you. I was delighted when this was audioed as I'd such a laugh writing it and I think the narrator also had a bit of a giggle reading it (he really milks it, which I love), but as you'll know yourself of course the downside is hearing it read really brings out all the faults. Hope your writing is going well."
6 years ago
Barry O'Leary said "What a great story and narration. I felt for Tony the whole way through. I laughed out loud at his high pitched annoying voice, could imagine his suspicions of the neighbors, and smiled at his attempts at flirting. Just hope my marriage doesn't end up like that..."
6 years ago
Kate Smart Guest Editor replied saying "Oh cheers Barry, I'm glad you liked it. I loved the narration as well, Paul Jerricho squeezed every ounce out of it, great fun."
6 years ago
Kate Smart Guest Editor said "Thanks very much Sue, for your feedback - I really enjoyed Paul's narration, myself."
7 years ago
Susan Donim said "Hi Kate, I downloaded this a few days ago to listen to while travelling and it was a wonderful distraction during a hot and busy train journey. Love the story and love the audio, the dialogue really came to life, and the sharp prose suited Paul's tone. So glad to finally hear one of you stories!"
7 years ago
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Kate Smart Guest Editor replied saying "Yes, and I'm probably one of them!! thanks so much for listening/reading and commenting, Melvin, I really appreciate it."
7 years ago
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Kate Smart Guest Editor replied saying "Thank you John, I really appreciate all your support. It can be so difficult writing and thinking "nobody gives a toss about this - what's the £$$*ing point?"."
7 years ago
Lachlan Gunn said "First one of yours I've read Kate and I really liked it, particulary the descriptive marital sniping and the nice little twist at the end."
7 years ago
Kate Smart Guest Editor replied saying "Thankyou Lachlan - great that you enjoyed it and I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment."
7 years ago
Kate Smart Guest Editor said "thank you william - I was so pleased to read your comment, William - thank you very much. I really appreciate the encouragement."
8 years ago
William Falo said "Excellent - I look forward to reading more of Kate's stories. I like all of them. She is a very talented writer."
8 years ago
Nancy Dunham said "RE: Wicked good - A tasty sip of"red rum"; Enjoyed very much!"
8 years ago
Kate Smart Guest Editor said "thank you Gordon - Thanks Gordon, much appreciated. I had this story on the go for about a year and still was unsure about it when I submitted it, so am very very pleased to have received such a positive response."
8 years ago
Gordon Forrest said "Out to play. I hope so. - Very entertaining story. Keep them coming."
8 years ago
Erica Brooks Guest Editor said "Gasp and giggle - Downright evil! But hilariously so!"
8 years ago
Brian Hill said "Scared to laugh! - Awesome. Loved it. Never seen it coming. Just like Tony who I equally Loved, despised and sympathised with all at once. Very very funny but honestly terrifying."
8 years ago
Susan Donim said "Darkly funny - A very well written and constructed tale, I always enjoy reading stories about authors and found this to be very funny. You have a great ear for dialogue and the conversation between husband and wife ring true!"
8 years ago

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