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  • Missed Connections: A Chess Game
    and setting up their armies One of the rooks rolled over and fell off the table Alek bent to pick it up and for a second caught a glimpse of Marta s undies under her short skirt When he straightened up he didn t dare look at her The pieces were quickly set up Alek chose the black army as usual Black was his colour he had black hair always wore black clothes and liked dark haired girls like Marta The game was ready to open Tomi began whistling the theme song from The Smurfs Alek and Yane bent over the chessboard Yane sat still for a few moments contemplating the best opening and then moved a pawn Alek took his time He was an excellent chess player He had been playing the game since he was a little kid and by the age of ten he was his neighbourhood s champion Over the years he slowly lost interest in it as he drifted from one short lived hobby to another guitar soccer writing poems He eventually enrolled in the Comparative Literature program at the University of Skopje for the sole reason that he had no idea what he wanted to do in life And this is how he came to know Yane Yane was the star student of the program his father being a doctor and a friend of the Dean but also because of his dazzling photographic memory and self promotion skills In comparison Alek s was a quiet melancholy intelligence one that often found an outlet in prolonged drinking sessions which got more and more frequent as he got older He was aware of his addictive nature though and he had the good sense to channel his obsessiveness into activities that wouldn t kill him such as reading writing and dreaming of Marta Dreaming but never truly hoping In fact it was him who had brought Marta and Yane together Tomi was still whistling the simple childish tune Alek examined the pieces on the chessboard the rooks bishops and the round heads of the pawns trying to anticipate Yane s next move Then he moved his knight The game was open It continued in this manner for the next hour or two each of the players would think for a few minutes and then make a move Time passed in silence and the occasional sound of a piece falling on the wooden board A few people came by to say hi and glance at the game The waiter brought a fresh batch of Turkish tea Tomi began to whistle a new tune then stopped The two players were completely focused on the board in front of them Slowly the game began to take shape and the men began to sweat Tomi moved closer to the table Marta shuffled her feet and crossed her arms as if to hug herself Yane took longer and longer to decide on a move Marta looked into Yane s face and saw that something was wrong seriously wrong A quick glance at the chessboard confirmed her fears the balance of the game was now in Alek s favour Yane was left with only his king a rook two knights and a single pawn His bishops pawns and Marta noticed this with alarm his queen lay limp by the side of the board She knew that no matter how bleak a player s prospects he had a chance of winning as long as he still had his queen In the game of chess the queen and not the king was the most powerful piece For the first time since the beginning of the game she began to worry When she made her promise she had no doubts that Yane would win How could he not He was an awesome chess player and he had always without exception beaten Alek What s going on she thought What s Yane doing She stared at the board completely immersed in the game now Tomi began tapping the Smurf song on the table Gradually he lost the tempo and the melody became just a random set of taps a countdown Alek looked intently at the board and felt drops of sweat slide down his back He could smell Marta s skin she was so close they all were their heads bent over the table their breaths mingling over a slow motion battle between the black and the white Alek lost a bishop Yane lost his last pawn sacrificed him for another of Alek s bishops The pieces were almost entirely on Yane s side of the board now and the set up was against Alek His black king was surrounded two white rooks and a knight which made him practically immobile But on the other side of the battlefield in the corner his black queen lurked proud and alone watching everything Marta moved to the edge of her chair her back straight as a shotgun The candlelight reflected off her eyes rendering them even darker than they were What am I going to do she thought She studied Alek s face his eyes overshadowed by his dark hair the gaunt cheeks and narrow nose that made him look like a Byzantine martyr She didn t love him She knew it way back in high school when they ran through the grey halls of their gymnasium and he looked at her with his pleading dark brown eyes And she knew it when they went on a school trip to Lake Ohrid and he got drunk and in the darkness by the beach he took her hand and tried to kiss her She knew it back when she was so much younger and still full of a bright belief that love can save anyone What was she to do now How could she sleep with this man this friend whom she didn t love And how had she given that stupid promise in the first place And why should

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  • nsabolik, Author at Litro Magazine
    Literature from Arizona State University and holds a bachelor s degree in philosophy from the University of Sts Cyril and Methodius in Skopje Macedonia She is working on a collection of short stories set in her native city of Skopje This is her first published story Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when travelling around the city We believe literary magazines should not just be targeted at writers themselves or even those with a particular interest in literature instead Litro believes in reaching the general reader whether they be a commuter someone browsing in a bookshop or in

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  • So Many Places to Hide
    Nights were worse you said foot patrols checkpoints crouched in the blind dark dread in your belly ears straining once a lame dog lifting its nose to sniff the air and once a boy no more than seven or eight but you couldn t talk about that Back in the village young farmers swore across the bar Old men sat in the snug Dogs lying untidy across the flagstones Pint after pint bitter mouths cursing the Poles picking the potatoes then the apples and pears for less than a day s wages Martin Higgins jumped a table muddy boots spilling pints said he knew where they parked their caravans at night What do you think about when you dance you asked Do you think of wheat fields rippling in the wind The folds of blue hills stretching to the sky The beech and elm in full crown and between them the spinneys and sudden glades where we lay in the grass the earth a solid bolster beneath us About Christina Sanders Chris Sanders has been writing short stories for over ten years She has been published in Writing Women Quality Women s Fiction Peninsular and TQF In 2011 she won an Arts Council bursary to appraise her first novel and has contributed to various Arts Council writing projects At present she is working to complete a collection of short stories on the theme of Compromise Chris Sanders holds a Masters in Education and is currently working with women from BME communities in Hastings to use storytelling as a way to explore identity and heritage Mail Web More Posts 2 Comments comments Prev The Missing Step Next Missed Connections A Chess Game Related Posts The Mattress by Harkaitz Cano Talia Carner My Brain s Big Bang Family To Become Immortal Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book

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  • Christina Sanders, Author at Litro Magazine
    been writing short stories for over ten years She has been published in Writing Women Quality Women s Fiction Peninsular and TQF In 2011 she won an Arts Council bursary to appraise her first novel and has contributed to various Arts Council writing projects At present she is working to complete a collection of short stories on the theme of Compromise Chris Sanders holds a Masters in Education and is currently working with women from BME communities in Hastings to use storytelling as a way to explore identity and heritage Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when travelling

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/christina/ (2016-02-15)
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  • The Missing Step
    The Fall Of Berlin Oil On Canvas Maps Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy

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  • Jan Kallestad, Author at Litro Magazine
    Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when travelling around the city We believe literary magazines should not just be targeted at writers themselves or even those with a particular interest in literature instead Litro believes in reaching

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/jan-andre/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Three Days
    into my hand This year we didn t follow the same pattern her running to catch up with me me ignoring her her dog barking at my dog before I gave up and went back indoors I didn t see her at all this time Fiddle tunes from my childhood drifted from the camper the dog howling along and shadows moving behind the frayed yellow flowered curtains It s hard not to look when it s outside your bedroom window On the fourth morning the dog wasn t barking I drew open the bedroom curtains the orange throb had gone the shadow had gone and driving down the hill was an undertaker s hearse I closed the curtains Downstairs I picked up the tatty newspaper packet lying underneath the letterbox I planted the three beans from the envelope in the tracks she left in the lane I knew they would never grow but I hoped they would About Jeanette Sheppard Jeanette s flash fiction has been published online at thelonelycrowd org in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day NFFD anthology on the NFFD 2015 and 2014 Flash Flood in Downtown Driftwood magazine and in Worcester Literature Festival s anthology 2012 Her flash fiction has also been shortlisted for The Fish Flash Fiction Prize 2014 and long listed for Flash500 third quarter 2014 Her twitter length story was in Thresholds 2012 Top 50 One of her short stories was third in The Phillip Good Memorial Prize and shortlisted for Frome Festival Her home is in the Midlands She is working towards unsurprisingly a collection of flash fiction Mail More Posts 1 Comments comments Prev Safe Next The Missing Step Related Posts City Quim Monzó A Hunger and a Thirst for Justice Ah Birmingham Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk

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  • Jeanette Sheppard, Author at Litro Magazine
    Festival s anthology 2012 Her flash fiction has also been shortlisted for The Fish Flash Fiction Prize 2014 and long listed for Flash500 third quarter 2014 Her twitter length story was in Thresholds 2012 Top 50 One of her short stories was third in The Phillip Good Memorial Prize and shortlisted for Frome Festival Her home is in the Midlands She is working towards unsurprisingly a collection of flash fiction Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when travelling around the city We believe literary magazines should not just be targeted at writers themselves or even those with a

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/jinnyshepp/ (2016-02-15)
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