Lost Children Charity Anthology is the brainchild of Fiona Johnson (McDroll), Thomas Pluck and Ron Earl Phillips.
It came about after a challenge was put out by Fiona on Friday Flash Fiction. She offered to donate £5 for every entry towards Children 1st in Scotland.
Thomas then threw his hat into the ring and matched the donation, with his money going to PROTECT in the USA. All in all there were over 45 stories and each charity received 50%.
Then came the idea of using 30 of the best stories and putting them into this anthology. The great thing about this is that all money earned from the ebook goes to the above charities.
Congrats to Fiona, Thomas, Ron and all the contributors. Also, special thanks to Danielle Tunstall for donating the cover photo, and Thomas's better half, Sarah, for designing the book cover.
Remember, you're donating to 2 great charities and putting a smile back on a child's face.
Here's a taster of what you'll get for your money.
Larry by Seamus Bellamy.
Six weeks into dating my Ma, Larry wanted me to call him Dad. I wanted Larry to go fuck himself.
I remember my blood tasting the same then as it does now: Bitter and rich like Guinness. There was music in the way he hit me. My ears would ring well into the next day when he was sober enough to strike true. When the bottle robbed him of that, he made up for a lack of quality with quantity. Whether he was on or off the drink, my days typically ended with a head full of bees and railroad ties in the wake of a backhand from a fella three times my size.
I stopped crying ‘round about the time as I realized Ma had no intention or means of peeling the fucker off me. My silence egged him on, and that was fine. I could feel his frustration in the frantic cadence of his fists, and there was some satisfaction in it. When I was twelve, I remember wheezing myself to sleep with a grin on my lips: He’d broken a knuckle working over my ribs. I suspected that I might have broken a rib on his knuckle too, but it turned out I was just bruised deep and black.
I never thought it would stop. But it did.
And here we are.
“Are you comfortable, Larry? Can you breathe?” He’d not moved in the time since I’d brought him to the water. He was slack coming out of the trunk. He failed to twitch as I lashed his fat, pink arms and calves to the lawn chair, jamming his mouth full of tennis ball. But as the chilled Atlantic tide kissed his toes, he couldn’t manage to stifle a throaty grunt, half gasping at the cold, mostly gagging on his tongue. “It’s Mahone Bay, Larry. You drove past here scads of times over the years, yeah?”
McConnell’d sent me on a flight from Montreal this morning to pick up a package and drive it back into Quebec. Five years after leaving off from home and another twenty since I stumbled into working for the Irish, nothing they shifted moved over land without me there to see it sorted. I could see his eyes searching my face for recognition, as he tried to blink away the dried blood caking his eyes: a reminder of the pistol whipping I’d given him outside the Sobeys on Queen St. just before I folded him into the back of my car.
I was on my way back from the Harbour Authority after sorting the works to move in the morning. I had it in mind that I’d have myself a striploin for dinner before fucking off to bed. Life offered me up a taste of something better instead. Larry’d just finished the shopping when he caught my eye, scurrying across the parking lot with a bag full of canned corn, store roasted chicken and a veneer that smacked of strong whiskey and failure. I’d heard word ten years back that Ma’d passed after a few bouts with cancer. I didn’t feel much for the news then. I wasn’t feeling a thing for the man shivering in front of me now. As I pushed him face-first into the come-and-go of the tide, I wanted to hurt him. I wanted to make him bleed. I wanted to pay him back for what he’d done, but there was nothing for it. No amount of pain I could inflict would leave him with an understanding of what he’d done to me.
He’d drown and die, his corduroy clad ass saluting it’s last to the stars and skies above him.
That’d have to be enough.
If the tides failed to draw him out to the depths, the tourists or the Mounties would find him once the sun came up. The smell of Larry’s chicken filled the car, but did nothing for my appetite. Skipping dinner, I spent a restless night at the Lord Nelson, waiting on the new day to bring me the kilometers of blacktop I’d need to put this city and my last link to it behind me.
Seamus Bellamy is a journalist, author and curmudgeon from Victoria, Canada. His work appears frequently in a wide variety of publications including Mac|Life Magazine, Maximum PC Magazine, PC Gamer, TabTimes, Gizmodo and Lifehacker. Seamus is currently sweating blood attempting to complete his first novel for the end of the year.
Links to available formats.
Available at Amazon for Kindle UK.
Available at Amazon for Kindle USA.
Available at Barnes & Noble for the Nook.
Available for Kobo, Sony e-reader and in PDF, epub, mobi and Viewable Online at Smashwords
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