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I do all sorts of things. Mostly badly. Mostly better than others. I tell stories. Occasionally, I lie.


The Better Banking Bureau (contains bad language)

by DoctorMikeReddy about 6 years ago

"You're here because someone recommended you to me. Someone who passed the test. Someone who promised you that you'd be a better financial trader."

The Banker nodded. "Peter. Pete sugg…"

"No names. No pack drill. Only one condition. If…"

"When… When, surely?"

"If… you pass the test, you...   Read more

Like Deja Vu all over again

by DoctorMikeReddy about 6 years ago

Trivia. I only found out when one of my (many) credit cards was refused. Then a debt collection agency letter arrived. Finally, some landlord of office space told me I was 9 months in arrears and I had two days to remove my stuff.

Of course, I went round there. Not enough room to swing a cat DOT com would have been a...   Read more

Lifetime Warranty - Satisfaction Guaranteed

by DoctorMikeReddy over 6 years ago

"Lifetime Warranty - Satisfaction Guaranteed" the adverts had promised. "No one has ever returned a loveBot 7000 in the history of the company."

He flicked through the manual. Ah there it was: "If you are genuinely unhappy call THIS toll-free number…"

After keying in a few tones - he hated...   Read more

Love's Labours (part 12 the last)

by DoctorMikeReddy over 6 years ago

The farmer, his wife, the plough boy, and both maids set off towards the barn, with the old woman hobbling after. She muttered incantations as they walked through the village, then whispered to herself:

"All shall be well. All manner of things shall be well."

When they were within, Will took Pog's hand. "Will...   Read more

Love's Labours (part 11)

by DoctorMikeReddy over 6 years ago

Bess lock eyed Meg as their minds circled each other warily.

"if I were a cat I'd scratch you." she ventured.

"A dog, I'd bite you." Meg countered.

"As a bear I'd press you down…"

"A horse I'd kick…"

"If I was a buzzard I'd swoop with talons…"

"A Magpie, I'd mob you with heavy wings…"

"A hornet I'd...   Read more

Love's Labours (part 10)

by DoctorMikeReddy over 6 years ago

The wise woman quietly opened the door, like a portal to the Other World, where a young woman's fist was held up as if to knock. Whether it was caught by her speed or its own hesitation, Meg wasn't sure.

"Expected was I?" a sweet voice entered the room.

The crone shrugged. "Bess is it?" At least it was mortal...   Read more

Love's Labours (part 9)

by DoctorMikeReddy over 6 years ago

The plough boy Tom burned a different colour; a mix of jealous green and blue regret. Typical of a young man, losing his purse in an unfair wager.

The witch could see two snakes writhing in the boy's head. Still, to his credit, he kept his tongue when ill placed words would have caused much harm to all present. If he could...   Read more

Love's Labours (part 8)

by DoctorMikeReddy over 6 years ago

"You did not eat the cake?" Pog levelled her gaze on her husband. "But you proposed to me that very day."

"And you have thought all these years that I was only with you because of a silly spell?" Will laughed.

Meg cleared her throat. "Happen I am still here tha know. They are very good spells, but in truth they only...   Read more

Love's Labours (part 7)

by DoctorMikeReddy over 6 years ago

"You are at the centre of all this, Meg. I know a love spell…" Pog said indignantly.

"Aye, ya do that, young Pog. How long was it since you came tripping to my door, full of admiration for a plough boy, and wanting him warmed?" The old woman chuckled as she pronounced 'warmed' with a long 'wahr'.

Both Pog and Tom...   Read more

Love's Labours (part 6)

by DoctorMikeReddy over 6 years ago

Mistress Pog looked round, surprised by the old woman's prescience. Mortals were so impressed by what could be achieved with good hearing, and actually listening.

"Will! Did you follow me?" she stabbed an accusation at him like hog's fat hitting a skillet.

"No Pog, I have… unfinished business of my own with Old Meg" he...   Read more

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