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Fiction Street – a Short Story

book cover showing young girl - illustrating a post about a short story called Fiction Street by Grace JolliffeA SHORT STORY FROM GRACE JOLLIFFE

Fiction Street is a heart-breaking tale of childhood from 1970s Liverpool as seen through the eyes of a child.

A little girl, Rebecca, is worried. She’s going to be late for school.
What she really wants to do is to take a short cut through Fiction Street.
Taking that route would get her to school much faster, Rebecca’s not allowed to go down Fiction Street.
Nobody told her why, but all the children in the area are warned not to go through Fiction Street and she knows she’ll be in big trouble if she does.
Rebecca’s dad said “If I ever went down Fiction Street and he found out he’d string me up from the lamppost and sell me ears to the butcher and he’d turn them into stew and sell them to the old ladies to feed to their cats”
dark street illustrating a post about a short story called Fiction Street by Grace JolliffeDespite the dire warning Rebecca doesn’t want to be late for school. The punishment is severe and she doesn’t want to get fifty lines or the cane!
So she decides to make a fateful decision and turns the corner into Fiction Street.
Everything seems normal and she’s wondering what all the fuss was about when suddenly a van pulls along beside her and a strange man offers her a lot of money.
He just needs her go and get him something. Trouble is, she doesn’t understand exactly what that something is.
She wants to help. Good girls always do what adults tell them to do and Rebecca has always tried to be a very good girl.
But this strange man isn’t good. He is the very opposite of good. Fortunately, Rebecca has a narrow escape.
But there is still trouble ahead because when Rebecca tells her teacher what happened all hell breaks loose and Rebecca can’t help but feel to blame.
Rebecca’s world explodes into misunderstanding and confusion and her imagination brings her on a roller coaster ride.

You can read about how and why I wrote Fiction Street here.


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