This page contains links to some of my very short stories. I hope you enjoy them.
All material on this site is copyright © Keith Channing, and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
A bridge too far? — Harry returns home late from a shopping trip, but without his son or his car.
A bridge too far? — It’s a long walk over a dodgy-looking footbridge
Actions and consequences — Sally is pregnant, but who is the father?
A familiar face? — A face seems to ring a bell.
After Autumn — A sequel to Forever Autumn
A journey of discovery — Two explorers set out to rediscover a small part of Africa.
Albert and Jarvis — A collaborative tale of travel and adventure.
An error of judgement — Dealing with the morning after.
Angela’s new job — A major career change for Angela. She believes she is ready for it, but does her new boss agree?
A possible future? — One of the many possible outcomes of the Scottish referendum
Around the campfire — “What’s the worst thing you can imagine happening to you?” Dave asked. This is Nobby’s tale.
A sad and unexpected end. — I didn’t think looking down upon oneself when dead would be quite like this.
Assimilated — Victor’s life is forever changed after a visit to a sanctuary – but not in the way you’d expect.
A stranger arrives — Can it be true?
A tale of trust misplaced — Abdullah was a trusting soul
Be careful what you wish for — Arthur wanted to be a Blue Peter dog
Behind the heavy curtain — A pair of young musicians consult a clairvoyant before their first gig.
Between jobs — How’s an actor supposed to make a living?
Bobby’s not having a good day — In fact, Bobby is having a very bad day.
Christmas visitors — A group of inter-galactic explorers start carolling
Clutching at straws — Julian has plans to bring his brother out of his shell
Contraband — There are rules about what can be brought back from holiday
Crafty! — Things aren’t always as they seem…
Deep, deep trouble — A boy is in trouble for staying out too late, in the days when many households didn’t have a telephone
Don’t judge a banana by its skin — Appearances can be deceptive
Exit strategy — Learning the lessons of history through the generations
Forever Autumn — A story of young love (sequel at After Autumn)
Fortitude — A story of love gone wrong
Help is a two-way street — Be careful what you wish for
Her personal tutor — Photography lessons in the city of love
Holier than dhow? — Handmade solid gold models of dhows don’t come cheap
If a picture is worth a thousand words, why can I only manage 723? — A boy and his grandfather discuss a picture
If, at first, you don’t succeed. — After the disaster of When good intentions aren’t enough, Dick tries again.
I love Daddy — A small girl talks about her relationship with her father
Imaginary friend — An alternative viewpoint.
I’m the king of the castle — The king is not happy.
International Day — Inspired by Sarah Cox, on Radio2, when she told us that she had sent her child to school on International Day in normal uniform
Isolation — A bad man gets his comeuppance
I think it’s called progress… — A fictional memoir. Kena Nchango is the daughter of a shaman, living in an area that sees much change.
It’s about time… — A group of hikers comes across a very recently deserted village. Continued in
It’s about time, two!
Joseph’s story — a different viewpoint on the nativity.
Jurassic dark? — a novel viewpoint on a seminal prehistoric event.
Just deserts? — John and Jennifer investigate a mystery. Continued in “Mountain tension“.
Lacking colour — Inspired by a classic fairytale, this tells of the life journey of a child born in Africa with albinism.
Looking for Gramps — A sequel to “What goes up must come down”.
More than a job — It’s lonely out in space – with a nod to David Bowie, oddly enough.
Memories — Old times remembered, or are they?
Mountain tension — Continuation of the story started in “Just deserts?“. Continued in “Peeks of passion“.
MS Waist of Space — A pair of hapless astronauts are sent on a very special Lunar mission (partwork).
Omai? Oh, my! — A story of kidnap and deception.
One hundred days — It can be lonely at home, too.
…or how not to holiday — Things can go wrong on holiday.
…or how not to holiday, part 2 — Things can go seriously wrong on holiday.
Peeks of passion — Continuation of the story started in “Just deserts?” and continued in “Mountain tension“.
Perhaps they hadn’t left it too late — A sequel to “They left it too late“
Places, people — Life on a film set
Priorities begin at home, too — An object lesson in archaeology?
Repent at leisure — There’s no way out of a signed contract
Rosie 1, the shed — Rosie’s husband suffers an accident in his shed
Rosie 2, the letter — Rosie opens a letter, and wishes she hadn’t
Safari sogoody — Sometimes a freebie has hidden cost.
Surveillance — Virtually keeping an eyye on things
Ten years on — When the land is safe again, someone has to check it out.
That’s what I’m afraid of — Sometimes there are reasons for long-term unhappiness…
The betrothal that wasn’t — Some relationships are not meant to be.
The date — Waiting for someone who isn’t going to turn up
The day the plane finally came — One person had waited for a long time to see a man step off a plane…
The disused station — A visit to a disused railway station brings back painful memories.
The hot seat — Sometimes, you just have to do it
The Kraft Klub — They’re krafty, but they never gossip
The last time — Ron and Patsy were inseperable
The lobster pot deception — Things aren’t always as they seem…
The party girl — Jack Brierly was something of a recluse, yet he was at an embassy reception, where he saw a woman, who had a powerful effect on him…
The phone call — Old, frail and visually impaired, retired teacher Dot Penrose is afraid to answer the phone
The rice harvest — Agricultural politics
They left it too late — Wilf takes his elderly, widowed father to re-visit the area where he spent his honeymoon to rekindle memories.
Through the eyes of a child — Melanie Brownis missing her soldier daddy, and prays for his safe return.
Under cover — Junior Investigator Jacques Rouxelle aims to be hidden in plain sight.
Unjustly accused — Neil believed that he was doing a good thing, offering a lift to a young hitch-hiker, but it all backfired on him.
We should fish — Piracy averted
Well, I do declare! — A taxing tale.
What goes down may come back up again — Eldrick had fallen on hard times, but was determined to work his way back.
What goes up must come down — What was the journey that led to the picture?
What’s in a name? — Ah, the innocence of youth.
When good intentions aren’t enough — Dick thought he was doing a good thing, but Grace didn’t agree. Continued in If, at first, you don’t succeed.
You can hide, but you can’t run — When a footballer is ordered to throw a match, it can be dangerous not to.
You can hide, but you can’t run – 2 — Still trying to escape the consequences of not throwing a match.
You have nothing to fear, but… — Victor faces his first decision. Partial sequel to Assimilated
Your tears aren’t good enough – 1 — It isn’t nice to hear that your tears aren’t good enough, but that is what I was told some years ago.
Your tears aren’t good enough – 2 — I should probably apologise for this story. It’s what happens when I give the rational side of my brain an hour off, and allow the rest to go off on a frolic of its own.
Your tears aren’t good enough – 3 — Linda’s mother blames her for what she thinks is an avoidable accident.
Short shorts — a random collection of very short stories and flash fiction