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Our drama category is for fans of stories filled with feeling, focusing on strong dialogue and well-rounded character development. Tragedy is a common theme, with gritty, realistic emotions driving the story. Readers are given clear insight into characters' thoughts and taken on a deep and sometimes courageous journey. Please send in your dramatic fiction or take a look at one of the emotive entries below.

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The True Glory

In the end, we doing the right thing...

Fellow future reformers, lend me your eyes, hone in your ears and silence your mouths; The mind has fallen, and we bathe in its downfall. To be in such Republic, and no matter what class you are from, we all take sips from the same cup of misery. From a lowly vagabond, to a common sense plebeian, or a humble aristocrat, we have our disdain towards the most failed of statesmen who happen to...Read On

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The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XVI

Claudia meets with Vukan.

Entry XXII – I arrived at the library just before the twilight hours, searching through the cases of books for a few minutes to find where Vukan had been waiting. At first, I thought maybe he had returned to his own quarters, as he was seemingly nowhere to be found. There were a few students throughout, but not nearly enough to consider any part of the library occupied. I was going...Read On

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The Savant

Chapter One: The Puzzle Dust billowed behind the sedan as it traveled down a dirt road; it’s driver following the directions. He brought the car to an abrupt stop; there was a Y in the road that wasn’t on the map. A sign posted further down one road to the right Simply stating Private Property. David Perkins got out of the car surveying his surroundings got back in and turned right. The...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 42

“What have they done to you?” he whispered, his voice cracked with emotion.

Gibraltar, April 6h 1941.   Katarina and Maria remained at the hospital in Gibraltar for two weeks. Katarina's wound had healed quickly, at least enough for her to be released from medical care and return home. For Maria, it was the longest fortnight of her life. Never before had she been so idle. The hospital was very different from the sickbay on the Lakhota. It was far...Read On

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Her Freedom

Then Megan remembered the nine millimeter.

Megan sat cross-legged on her bed, the math book for her master's program open in her lap, when she heard the gunshot and Freeman's yelp. He had no time to protect or react. Not even the slightest growl. She sprang up from her position and shook uncontrollably, unable to move, knowing he was in the house. Her room door was closed, but not locked. She needed to lock it, but the shakes had a...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 41

She took up her friend's wrist and searched for a pulse. Oh my Lord, she couldn't find it!

H.M.S. Lakhota, March 23rd, 1941.   Long into the night, Maria sat beside Katarina, talking to her, checking her pulse and temperature, bathing her forehead with a cool damp cloth and generally praying and encouraging her to pull through. Occasionally she would check on the other patients, some of whom gave her words of support, and to others, she would offer a few words of her own,...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 40

“Nein, nein...” she repeated over and over as she cradled her closest friend in her arms.

H.M.S. Lakhota, March 22nd, 1941.   Maria screamed loudly, a long drawn out wail of a scream. “Nein, Nein...” she repeated over and over as she cradled her closest friend in her arms. Tears dripped from her eyes and splashed onto Katarina's motionless face, and she trembled uncontrollably. After the shortest hesitation, Simon drew Maria's hands away against her protest,...Read On

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The Damned: Chapter 2

I hated how beautiful she was. I hated her sleek, slender figure, her caramel skin, her and her long dark hair. Traditionally men couldn’t stand the idea of a slender wife. However, for a farmer like my husband, a slender wife was ideal.             I was a tiny little twig when I got married. When I married Nsansa, I ate as farmers’ wives did. There was always something to sink my teeth...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 39

“You don't understand, I know but thank you. You are Angels.”

H.M.S. Lakhota, March 21st, 1941.   The one thing that gave everyone in the sickbay hope was the continuous thudding of the anti-aircraft guns, so long as they were firing, all was not lost. As Simon helped the two women to their feet, the door swung open, and two sailors carrying another on a stretcher entered the bay. “Over there!” Simon pointed to the padded steel examination...Read On

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I’m Still Here

Emily and Mike's day out did not go as planned.

  Emily was in love. Every morning she awoke and looked at the man that shared her bed. Every morning she smiled and slowly but surely she would end up snuggling into him. She knew that Mike was the best lover, the most attentive husband and the best friend she would ever have. He was one of a kind, her kind.   Today was Sunday; there would be no lie-in today. Soon, they would be sat in...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 38

The red faced sailor quickly pulled up his pants and saluted.

H.M.S. Lakhota, March 8th, 1941.     The following morning, Maria and Katarina attended the sick parade as they had the day before but this one was a little different. Instead of having no patients, this time there were several, all complaining of minor ailments ranging from headaches to stiff backs and aching limbs!   At first, the surgeon was puzzled, but then he realised that...Read On

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Anything Might Happen

Two strangers traveling toward a life-changing meeting in Manhattan.

"What’s dat stuff on your face, mistuh? What is it?" Mark Cahill tried to pretend he was asleep. But the high-pitched young voice was penetrating, and persistent. His day had been filled with an early departure and a long, rough connecting flight that included two even rougher landings. Now this. And LaGuardia was over an hour away. Still, he could recognize defeat. With a sigh,...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 37

Suddenly, the injured sailor's eyes rolled upwards and he dropped back onto the table...

H.M.S. Lakhota, March 7th, 1941. Neither Maria nor Katarina had slept well. In their exhausted state they had fallen asleep almost immediately as they sat on the bunk but their fears and uncomfortable positions had meant that they awoke after just a couple of hours. They had climbed into their individual bunks and drifted back to sleep but the noises on the ship and everything that...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 36

“I don't like the way they look at us,” she said

H.M.S. Lakhota, March 6th, 1941. The ship they were now on, judging from the size of the sick bay, was quite a significant warship and, although they were left pretty much alone there were, on occasion, sailors coming in and out. Maria and Katarina did feel that they were being watched and, they thought, distrusted. That made them a little unhappy as they had only ever wanted to...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 35

“So this is heaven," she thought. “Then the priests were right, there is life after death."

Mediterranean, March 6th, 1941. The next time Maria opened her eyes, everything was white and so bright. “So this is heaven," she thought. “Then the priests were right, there is life after death." The face looking down at her, smiling and beautiful, piercing blue eyes glistening with moisture, blonde hair tied back in a plait must have been an angel too. “Katarina, you are with...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 34

In the darkness, Maria had bumped into something floating, large and solid with a rope attached...

Mediterranean, March 1st, 1941. The little grey life raft bobbed up and down on the gentle swell. A tiny speck on the surface of the huge, blue ocean. Maria looked down at the recumbent form beside her. Despite all the horrors that she had seen and experienced throughout her young life she was in no doubt whatsoever that God existed and that he was watching over them both. It...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 33

“No, Hugo,” she said gently. “My father is most certainly not a Nazi.”

Meer Koenigin, February 28 th, 1941. At the end of the afternoon, Maria sat in their cabin reading. It was after five, and she wondered what was taking her friend so long with the final tour. “Oh, silly!” she thought. “Of course. She will be with Hugo.” Maria smiled to herself. Katarina made friends easily, so she was not surprised that the doctor would like her and she felt that...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 32

“Ah, KapitanLeutnant!” she exclaimed, “I didn't expect to find you here!”

Taranto, February 27th, 1941. The Nurses were left alone for the next couple of hours and remained together on the mess deck. For both Katarina and Maria, the dull rumble of the machinery seemed to make the ship feel alive. Neither of them had been to sea before, and the nearest that Maria had been to a ship was on a small pleasure boat once when she visited the Furstensee with...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 31

She waved to it as though waving goodbye to her homeland.

Italy, February 25th 1941. Neither Katarina nor Maria slept well as the train lurched along through the mountains. They would just be drifting off when the wheels would squeal in protest around the tight curves and bring them instantly back to wakefulness. They had no idea where they were when the sun rose on yet another cloudy day, Outside there was snow, and the clouds looked...Read On

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The Wedding Ring

This arguable one of the most complete stories I've ever written. Hope you enjoy it..

*** Ever heard the tale of how the luckiest man in the world felt like the unluckiest man. Every woman in the room admired her and every man was envious of me. It was when the lights flickered, the room span and I could hardly breathe, that’s when it hit me hard. I had just entered a lifelong contract and there was no turning back. Fighting not to faint, I nervously played with the ring on...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 30

Maria and Katrina stared at each other in surprise. Now they were army officers?

Karlsruhe. February 24th 1941. The six weeks since their arrival at Karlsruhe had passed very quickly. All the nurses had learned the rudiments of driving in the most difficult conditions. There had been a few minor accidents due to the snow but no damage or injuries had occurred and the instructors were generally pleased with all of them. The training for the field work had...Read On

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Picture Perfect

A picture tells a thousand words, but can hide the darkest truths.

 

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The Nurses. Chapter 29

“Don't worry,” he said, grinning as she rubbed her knee, “You stalled..."

Karlsruhe. January 15th, 1941. Maria watched as Katarina left the garage, making sure she was wrapped warmly with cape and gloves and even a woolen scarf which was not strictly regulation, but it was so cold that she couldn't imagine that anyone would be too concerned about it. Although she couldn't hear anything outside, she could see her friend climb easily into the truck and...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter28

“Don't worry,” Maria said, smiling even more to try and ease his mind. “We won't bite.”

Karlsruhe. January 13th 1941. The time with their families had passed by all too quickly and now, Katarina and Maria were reunited once more. They had travelled the previous day and had met as planned for dinner. It turned out that the facility was not, as they had both imagined, a hospital but a large military training camp outside the city. On their arrival at the station they...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 27

“I didn't want to worry you by coming in unexpectedly and I do know you have a Luger!”

Berlin. January 1st, 1941. Katarina was looking forward very much to seeing her parents again, and it seemed so long ago since she had left home. There was something, though which had taken the shine away slightly and she sat quietly looking out of the window. Outside the light had long since faded and all she could see was the reflection of the interior of the carriage and its...Read On

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The Secret Life of Mrs Faulkner - Chapter Two

How well can you claim to know someone?

Missing Pieces: "Mr. Faulkner," the man said. "My name is Michael Bennett, and I was your wife's lover." Tom stood there, stock still, wondering if he had heard correctly. Michael Bennett looked at Tom oddly, questioning whether he had heard at all. He cleared his throat again to speak, but Tom interrupted him.  "Mr. Bennett, you have ten seconds to get off my property before I inflict...Read On

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The Secret Life of Mrs Faulkner - Chapter One

How well do you really know someone?

Cruel World: He was vaguely aware of someone entering the room and the sounds they were making, how they were disturbing the peace he had created for himself, interrupted his little world and penetrated the barrier that he had built to keep people out.  "Tom?" the female voice asked, though to him it sounded distant and far away.  Go away, God dammit , he thought angrily, just leave...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 26

“Who is there?” the uncertain voice of her mother called out...

Munich-Pasing. January 1st, 1941. It was very late when Maria finally arrived into Munich's main station. Nothing had changed, there were huge Swastika pennants hanging from the walls and even at such a late hour it was still quite busy but she felt she was home, back in the familiar surrounds that she had grown up in. The train had arrived at a platform quite close to the entrance...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 25

“I found him here, alone,” Maria said, “I thought you would like to see him again.”

Amiens. December 29th 1940 Whilst this night night had been so traumatic and highly emotional for her friend on Ward Seven, Katarina had also been kept busy. She had not had the Gestapo or the SS to contend with but she had, nevertheless been kept hard at it. Some of her lesser wounded patients had been moved to smaller hospitals in the area and their beds made available to...Read On

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The Nurses. Chapter 24

“You are very young,” he whispered, “And yet so wise.”

Amiens. December 29th 1940 Sunday and the last night shift of the week. Katarina and Maria both had two days of rest afterwards and then a new day shift would begin. They had decided that they could celebrate the start of the new year and the passing of the old the following Tuesday by having dinner together but, as they had to start working early on Wednesday they would not...Read On