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Yard Fail

When Ralph Swindon tinkers in his workshop, the whole world holds its breath ...

I was rinsing my hair when Jenny hammered on the door, yelling something about an accident at Ralph's place. Despite the hot water I felt a sudden chill.
"Is he okay?" I yelled.
No reply.
I killed the taps, shoved the clingy curtain aside and stumbled from the shower. Half blinded, I slipped and groped around the bathroom until I found the towel. I wiped the soap from my face, wrapped the towel round my waist and ran for the hall. I know the kind of things Ralph messes with in that workshop of his, and an 'accident' could have levelled the street.


A 2700-word short story.

Trivia: Features the characters from Sleight of Hand.

Language warning: Contains high-level swearing.

Yard Fail

Yard Fail cover art (c) Bowman Press

Short fiction by Simon Haynes