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Do You Dare - Story Sample

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Hi Everyone, I thought I'd put a sample each week of my short stories.  Available on Amazon in e-book format as well as paperback.  Also available to purchase direct from me for our digital currency 1000 ABY

 

 

The Author 
 

 
“You killed me, you bastard!”  The man across the street screamed, pointing an accusing finger in Andrew’s direction.  Andrew looked about him, bewildered, for it had seemed as if no one else had heard him.  He assumed the guy was crazy and everyone else was ignoring him.  He turned back towards the man. “Yes, you, arsehole.  You killed me!”  The man screamed at Andrew again. He started to cross the street, stepping directly into the path of an oncoming bus.  Andrew stared in horror as the bus passed straight through him, not slowing or swerving, as if the driver did not see him at all.  The man continued walking across the road towards Andrew, appearing again as the bus moved on.  Andrew just stood there, mesmerized.   The man was halfway across the street when a look of recognition crossed Andrew’s face.  Startled out of his state of shock, he ran; he ran as fast as he had ever run before in his life.  Dodging in between people if he could, pushing them out of the way if he could not, and ignoring the cries of indignation behind him. He glanced back once, only to see the man standing where Andrew had been mere seconds before, laughing, and then he vanished.   Andrew continued running, street after street, until his legs felt like they were going to give way.  Finally the crowd began to thin out and he allowed himself to slow down.  Once no one was in sight, he came to a complete stop.  There he stood glancing frantically about, gasping for breath, his lungs feeling like they were on fire.  Looking across the street he saw The Southern Cross Pub standing there, surrounded by big businesses, looking completely out of place. It seemed familiar to him as crossed the street.  He knew he had never been there before, he had no idea where he was at all, but he decided to enter and have a drink or two to calm his nerves. Inside it was dark and gloomy; he stood at the doorway waiting for his eyes to adjust so he could see.  It had an old rotting smell to it that was unpleasant but bearable, at least for someone who desperately needed a drink, anyway.  As his vision compromised with the dimness he glanced around, taking in his surroundings.  His heart had returned to a normal pace, his lungs no longer burning painfully.  The bar was directly in front of him.  The bartender was sitting behind it with a newspaper propped up in front of him, oblivious to the fact that he had entered.  To the right was a row of tables and chairs, and a man was slumped over one with an empty bottle of cheap bourbon in front of him, still half full. Andrew walked up to the bar to be served, but the bartender ignored him as he continued to read his newspaper.  After a few seconds Andrew cleared his throat to attract his attention.  The bartender looked up from his newspaper, with a sigh he put it down and stood up, walking over to Andrew.   
“Double bourbon, thanks,” he asked without waiting to be asked. The bartender walked over to fill the glass.  “Actually, give me the whole bottle,” Andrew added as he sat himself down on a stool. The bartender dropped the bottle in front of him and took Andrew's money without saying a word. Gone are the days of the friendly barmen, Andrew thought, somewhat regretfully. Andrew poured himself a drink and picked up the glass.  He sat there looking intently at the drink before lifting it to his lips and took a large gulp.  It had been quite a few years since he had had a drink and he savoured the taste of it in his mouth, thrilled at the feel of it burning his throat on the way down and fondly remembered the warmth as it spread in his stomach. “You shouldn’t have done that, you know,” a voice spoke from behind him. 

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9 hours ago, Gates said:

It is a pity that your works are not in Russian. I would gladly read

I had it converted to Russian if you're interested.  I'd consider a reduced price to know how it turned out.  lol.  In PDF format. 

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13 hours ago, JDArmstrong said:

I had it converted to Russian if you're interested.  I'd consider a reduced price to know how it turned out.  lol.  In PDF format. 

translate a book, just skipping it through an interpreter is not an option, you know?))

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:) Some time ago we talked about having authors presenting a small initial book and having people pay them in order to have more chapters. We did not try it though.

 

Great idea, and great work!

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11 hours ago, Gates said:

translate a book, just skipping it through an interpreter is not an option, you know?))

haha.  fair enough.  Wasn't asking for interpretation.  Just that it read right... smoothly, so that you enjoyed the stories.  I already found issues, where they missed some text, so it would go from russian to english then back to russian.

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12 hours ago, Gates said:

translate a book, just skipping it through an interpreter is not an option, you know?))

 

Just now, JDArmstrong said:

haha.  fair enough.  Wasn't asking for interpretation.  Just that it read right... smoothly, so that you enjoyed the stories.  I already found issues, where they missed some text, so it would go from russian to english then back to russian.

as just following on from you saying that you'd gladly read if it was in russian.  In an attempt to please other readers....  get accused of skipping it through an interpreter.  If I had not done it..  I would be what?  rude and ignorant of another reader demographic/customer base perhaps?

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14 hours ago, JDArmstrong said:

 

as just following on from you saying that you'd gladly read if it was in russian.  In an attempt to please other readers....  get accused of skipping it through an interpreter.  If I had not done it..  I would be what?  rude and ignorant of another reader demographic/customer base perhaps?

I did not mean to offend you. I just do not think that you speak Russian, that's why I assumed so.

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lol.  I'm not offended mate, it's all good.  I'm Australian, we don't really get offended.  I don't speak Russian, but you said you'd gladly read it if it was in Russian.  So I got the first story translated, as I have other Russian friends it was probably overdue.  lol

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