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Winner of Student Only Short Story Competition

August 15th, 2018

Liz GouldsTwice a year we run a student only competition. This time we asked students for a 300-word short story. We had a stack of entries to go through and after much deliberation we made our choice. So congratulations to Liz Goulds for her wonderful story:

The Spice of Life

 

This evening I saw the sunset over Ayers Rock. It was beautiful. I could never have hoped to have come here before. I cried. Kate was surprised at the involuntary tears.

Tomorrow I’m playing solo violin with the Royal Philharmonic. I’m so excited. I love the sound of Cassandra’s music – it is exquisite. My tastes have certainly been educated – I still love Blondie but now I adore Debussy too.

And nothing smells like the lavender fields of Provence – courtesy of Amelia’s gap year. Or feels as soft as a Persian carpet I’m gliding my fingers down, with Beatrice, in the Moroccan market.

Of course, it’s not all New York-Paris-Rome. Some things are more mundane, but, to be honest, I have never tasted such a Sunday roast as Barbara cooks; I never realised how fresh and cool the air is on a summer morning when Ayesha is on earlies; and my heart beats strong as I pound the hills in preparation for Maxine’s fun-run.

My life experience, like the prismed eyes of a fly, a myriad of separate sensations.

And it’s all down to that book I was reading the day I got sick – Life and Death in Ancient Egypt. I even got people to read it to me as I went into rapid decline. That is where I first learn about Ka – and how, in the after-life, this Ka (our life force) needs a body – or receptacle – to be reborn into and which it can use as a base. That is why they used to mummify their dead. But I wasn’t going to get mummified at the Royal Scarsdale, no matter how obliging the nursing staff, so when they asked permission to use all my bits I gave it willingly – variety, as they say, is the spice of life.

 
 
Liz Goulds lives in Belper, Derbyshire with her motorbike-mad husband and three rascally, black-and-white cats. She works in Online Sales and has had some poetry, recipes and short stories published in magazines.

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