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Olivia Twist – A Flash Fiction Challenge

Olivia Twist – a random piece of flash fiction

29 sep 2016

It’s not every day my uncle gets married. Although, today is wedding number seven.

They’ve nicknamed him Zsa Zsa at the retirement home. The cheeky beggar even asked to change the vows.Can you imagine? ‘Do you Zsa Zsa take this woman?’

Nancy put her foot down, though. She’s a good soul is Nance. Salt of the earth. Just what Uncle needs. He’s a right one with the ladies. A bit too fond of a shapely ankle. But lovable nonetheless.


‘Sorry, Officer, you were saying?’

‘Well, Miss,’

Uncle snorts. I haven’t been called ‘Miss’ in a long time.

‘Sorry, Officer. Carry on.’

The policeman clears his throat and glares at Uncle. ‘Well, there was a ruckus this afternoon. Setting off the alarms in Debenhams, Miss.’

‘Oh, no! Uncle, have you been shoplifting again?’

He doesn’t even try to deny it. Just stands in front of me, arms outstretched, dressed head to toe in Armani. ‘Ta dah! You gotta admit, Liv, I look good, don’t I?’

He does too and it takes all I have not to return his impish grin.

‘Not keeping it, mind. Just for me wedding. My lady likes a good label.’

The officer fidgets – I sense he’s amused – then, stony-faced, adds ‘It’s not a library, Mr. Fagin. Store policy is to prosecute. Always.’

‘Sorry, officer,’ I interrupt, the wall clock behind him counting down each minute. ‘But we have a wedding to attend.’

I shove the policeman out of the way, ‘Run, Uncle Fagin, run!’



Dreams can come true and mine was to live in Spain forever and ever ....  Well, after studying languages many years ago I became totally enamoured with all things Spanish, I finally made the big move for a more 'relaxed' lifestyle in 2003.  Since then, I have been teaching Spanish to Ex-pats and translating. Also, I trained as a Community Manager (Social Media) so that I have a genuine excuse to be on Facebook, Twitter and the Internet for hours on end, but then I started to write. My first attempt was for NaNo 2012 with 'The Nasrid Charm' (a story set in Spain and the Afterlife.) Like most first drafts, this is in need of serious revision and has been placed on the backburner, while I pursue my mystery stories. I'll get back to it - one day :) 

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