Short Story: Pearls Of Wisdom

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Written by
Linda Bond

Narrated by
Paul Jerricho


Rosa visits her grandma in her cottage in the woods. But is grandma all she seems?


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“Yoo hoo! Grandma! It’s only me!” Rosa called, bustling into the light and warmth of the only room in the small stone cottage.

“Mum’s sent you some beef stew,” she dumped her basket on the solid oak table, hung her red cloak on the back of the door and smoothed down her blue chequered school dress before busying herself by the huge iron bedstead on the far side of the room.

“Here, Grandma,” crooned Rosa propping the old dear up on plumped pillows.

“You are so bony,” she remarked. “Shall I get you some stew?”

“No thanks, child, I’ll eat later,” barked Grandma, her voice deep and tuneless, like a saxophone full of gravel.

“Oh, and Jack got you some more of that chicken broth for your sore throat,” Rosa continued, pulling back the covers to reveal a thin bandaged leg poking abruptly from an ankle length, pure white, nightgown.

“Blasted woodcutter and his meddling axe,” groaned Grandma, inspecting the wounded leg with wide-eyed fearful curiosity.

“What…

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John Simmons said "You have a memory of a story like this from your childhood – but there’s nothing cosy in that memory. The narration keeps you hanging on every word, you become that listening child again, wrapped in the thrill of being scared."
7 years ago

Nur Solehah said ""
2 months ago
Sita Spn said "I Enjoyed it"
2 years ago
Cüneyt Yal said "good"
2 years ago
Jon Tan said "okay"
2 years ago
Elizabeth Mrs said "you shoued have fables"
2 years ago
Shalini Vijayvargiya said "I could not find any player to listen the stories. please tell me the procedure."
2 years ago
David Dave said "I enjoyed it but I was expecting there to be some twist at the end but still good to read, a well-crafted book thanks Linda"
2 years ago
Esmat Esmatallah said "Hi how to fined year 11 students stories plz tell me guys. i'm not in year 6&7 I'm in year 11"
2 years ago
Nguyen Vuong said "I can't hear"
2 years ago
Liz Holgate said "The excellent writing skill of this author saves this story from being something we've all heard before."
2 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "It is one of the earliest stories I created and one of my favourites. If you enjoy this kind of story I do have a book out on amazon entitled Marine Cove Princess."
2 years ago
Barry KIlduff said "My first listen to Shortbread,good i enjoyed. Thanks , Barry"
2 years ago
Ramazan Citir said "I can not find the audio mp3 of the stories. :("
3 years ago
Kirit Wadia said "Well written and narrated story, enjoyed it."
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thankyou Kirit."
3 years ago
Marcos Rogerio Machado Da Fonseca said "A creative and rich mind that leads us into dreams and an endless possibility of eternal creativity. It encourages to live and enjoy the infinite pleasures of literature."
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thanks for your kind words Marcos. Very encouraging for an author to read!"
3 years ago
Lynda Perry said "I have tried playing Shortbread audio-stories (two of them) in two different browsers and only the very beginning plays and then repeats. It plays no more than the first paragraph. Am I doing something wrong? I have tried four times each with the same result."
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Sorry you are having problems Lynda. You are not the only person to complain about this problem. I have reported it to Shortbread. I hope they fix it soon."
3 years ago
Hajar Bakeet said "Thanks"
3 years ago
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Linda Bond replied saying "Glad you enjoyed it Taylor!"
3 years ago
Maheen Kiani said "nice"
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thanks Maheen."
3 years ago
Malal Mosem said "The audio stops at the middle ? Does anyone knows why?"
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "I'm sorry to hear that Malal. I'll report it to Shortbread, thanks for pointing it out to me."
3 years ago
Veronica Robles said "Interesting story. Familiar characters but unexpected ending. I enjoyed it."
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it."
3 years ago
Kawtar Hope said "amazing short story"
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you, glad you enjoyed it."
3 years ago
Salwa Gadallah said "I like it"
3 years ago
Mandar Dhavale said "Good Story Linda!! Keep it up!!"
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thanks Mandar!"
3 years ago
Baekhyun Exo said "BEDTIME STORY"
3 years ago
Ahmad Nazri Jelani said "I should've known! When she cursed the wood cutter.."
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "She wasn't very subtle was she?!!"
3 years ago
Ferrie Popie said "Interesting story"
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you Ferrie!"
3 years ago
Imran Hasan said "great"
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you for reading Imran"
3 years ago
Giovanna Bertino said "Simply lovely!!! And Rosy, so absent minded, poor girl! I liked the story so much, with the new version of the serial killer- wolf. It's humorous to listen and to read. Well done! Giovanna"
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you Giovanna. The wolf grandma in this story was such fun to write!"
3 years ago
Belinda Marden said "Hey! I really want to an audio for my book and I was wondering how i would do that because I really can't find how to. If you could help that would be awesome! Thanks :)"
3 years ago
Belinda Marden replied saying "Okay thanks. :)"
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "I think you have to get readers to support your story, then it is chosen to be made into an audio."
3 years ago
Pema Selden said "Awesome!!!"
3 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you Pema. Glad you enjoyed it."
3 years ago
Assi Bader said "really thanks"
3 years ago
Imkas Sak said "Thank you."
4 years ago
Ruby Jimenez said "I really liked. Thanks"
4 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you Ruby!"
4 years ago
Jasmine Win said "Excellent !!!!"
4 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thankyou Jasmine, glad you enjoyed it."
4 years ago
William FORESTI said "Fine thanks"
4 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "You're welcome!"
4 years ago
Diane Corriette said "Loved this take on a childhood story. The difference is this time the wolf had an additional intention. He is not just after food. He is pearl collecting."
4 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you Diane, glad you enjoyed it. I loved writing the wolf grandma, deliciously evil!"
4 years ago
Oudra Omar said "that's cool"
4 years ago
Jaya Narayan Bhusal said "GREAT STORY"
4 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you!"
4 years ago
John Newton said "Good use of dialogue to move the story along. Well written but with an obvious end that was done before by Red Riding Hood."
6 years ago
Linda Bond said "Maggs Keohane said "Linda you have such a way with words, I could taste the story, smell the animal, as I read the words, you held my interest and managed to finish with a gasp leaving my throat and the thought that when Tom arrived it would start all over again!!!"
6 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you Maggs. x"
6 years ago
Jacqui Macpherson said "Nice retake on the original. I like the description of the wolf and the attention to detail with the furball and teeth."
6 years ago
Linda Bond said "A pearl of a story - a dark and lovely take on the original, which is something Linda does well. David Lake"
6 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Why thank you very much Mr Lake!"
6 years ago
Carmen Metani said "This is a fantastic account of Red Riding Hood. I asked my year 8's to rewrite a fairy tale for a teenage audience and this is a fantastic example, will read it to them and am sure they will be impressed. Thanks, great reading."
6 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Oh how exciting! Hope they enjoy it."
6 years ago
Liz Strachan said "Great stuff, Linda. I'm looking forward to seeing what you can do with some of the other well known fairy tales, Liz Strachan"
6 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "I have two other stories on Shortbread based on fairy tales: The Inspector and A Woman's Touch."
6 years ago
Brenda Daggers said "I thought your treatment of this weel known fairytale was very well done - original and an excellent piece of writing."
6 years ago
Alain Stanton said "I thought that it was good, but from the first i just knew what was going to be the out come, red rideinghood but its still a good play on the tale."
6 years ago
Maire Rua said "Well done Linda. Loved your take on this tradional tale and great chacterisation of grandma! Scary, dark ... but a great read!"
6 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you Maire. I loved writing grandma, full of secrets and dark ambitions!"
6 years ago
Peter Parkin said "Loved it! Can't wait for the grandchildren to arrive later on. Peter"
6 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "....hmmm....now there's an idea!"
6 years ago
Dianne Ness said "EWWWWW!! That was great :)"
6 years ago
Valerie Ball said "Fabulous! No offence to Paul, but I would hate to meet HIM in the wood talking like Grandma..."
6 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Lol! thanks Valerie"
6 years ago
Valerie Ball said "A great new twist on an old plot; it was quite predictable and I soon guessed the denoument but that did not spoil my enjoyment of a great story. Thanks to Linda and all involved."
6 years ago
Valerie Ball replied saying "Oh... I have only read it! Must go and listen then, even better!"
6 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thanks Valerie, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think the choice of Paul Jerricho to read it was perfect - he IS the voice of grandma!"
6 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor said "Great to see this as the Friday Story it is so very popular and rightly so I think. Cheers - Diane"
6 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thanks Diane, and thanks to Fiona. A much-needed boost to my motivation, maybe I'll write another one soon."
6 years ago
David Sharp said "That was lots of fun - I particularly liked the line "like a saxophone filled with gravel"."
7 years ago
David Green said "THIS is a well done story! delighted."
7 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thanks David, it is one of my favourites."
7 years ago
Barry O'Leary said "I'd like to hear where he gets the next pearl of wisdom from. Great edition of a classic story. I listened while riding my bike in the dark on the way to work. Certainly woke me up."
7 years ago
Carl Palmer said "I enjoyed the author's clever implication to another Red (Rosa)"
7 years ago
Carl Palmer replied saying "Do an internet search on Lana Hechtman Ayers, Linda. She does poetry and stories about Red, as well."
7 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thanks Carl, was hoping a reader would notice!"
7 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor said "This was a very nifty clever twist to a well known tail and told with such wry humour so that even though one knew what the inevitable outcome would be it was a delight to read. I do agree with other comments that children love a bit of blood and gore as long as it is presented in the right way. Good luck with this in the competition."
7 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thanks Diane, glad you enjoyed the story."
7 years ago
Mark Patrick said "Hi Linda, great spin with a dark twist. The narration really amplified the suspense and made this tale come alive again. Has me wondering why children stories nowadays are so tame. A story can be dark like this, and still be fun. Thanks"
7 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thank you Mark. I think that children like a bit of dark fun in their stories and as an adult I like the Alfred Hitchcock school of storytelling, where the imagination does all the work."
7 years ago
Marie Marshall said "It is a rare writer who can take a well-known story such as this and re-write it in such a way that it becomes spellbinding, gruesome, dark..."
7 years ago
Terry Collett said "Delightful."
7 years ago
Linda Bond replied saying "Thankyou. Glad you enjoyed it."
7 years ago
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David Lake said "a menu treat - A tale as tantalizing as waiting in one's favourite restaurant. You smell the meal coming and you can't wait to wolf it down."
8 years ago
Xander Cooper said "Jackanory story?! - The audio of this brought me back to my childhood, and seemed very much in style to a Jackanory story, excellent characters and an enchanting narration make this a great story to play in the car- when the kids are acting up, might scare them in to silence..."
8 years ago
Carolyn Young said "Wry and dry - This kept me waiting for the obvious that came in with a roar.! Great story"
8 years ago
Julie Page said "non pc? - it's good to read an imaginative version of this story that hasn't been sanitised."
9 years ago

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