HOLIDAY HOSTAGES

 

High days and holidays are times to celebrate - and times when crooks can strike as people feel more secure that nothing can spoil their day.  Read tales of victims whose holidays go wrong...

 

A Christmas Drink

 

They met in a bar one night before Christmas - and then fate brought them together...

 

After Giving Thanks

 

Sometimes, the Thanksgiving meal is only the beginning...

 

Auld Lang Syne

 

New Year's Eve, or Hogmanay where I grew up, is a time for celebration and party - so long as you are allowed to...

 

Black Friday

 

The day after Thanksgiving - traditionally the busiest day in the retail market in the US, so the replacement manager knows her three female workers are going to be busy.  She has no idea just how busy - or who they are...

 

Board Games

 

Three girls get together for an evening gathering, only to be interrupted by two burglars - but they have a secret that their captors learn of at their cost...

 

Bunnies in Blankets

 

Easter is a time to enjoy Hot Cross Buns - and there are two hot, cross bunnies in this story.

 

Carnival Crime

 

August, West London, and the Notting Hill Carnival is in full swing - for everyone except Celeste and her family, that is.  They have a more binding issue to deal with.

 

Changeling

 

This little story for Halloween is borught to you courtesy of some drawings by Hiro - see if you can work out which drawings as a reporter tells a friend of a series of robberies that may have more than people see behind them.

 

Changelings

 

Two years have passed, and Veronica is disturbed by strange dreams.  As she visits a local dignitary, she finds out she may not be the only one...

 

Changelings 3

 

A new Changeling has arrived and is turning to crime - what can be done...

 

Coming Home for Christmas

 

Five days to Christmas, and someone is being busy...

 

Crystal Night

 

They had a party, and then things got strange...

 

Double Third Festival - Part 1

 

Yet another Chinese festival which the two girlfriends Lauren and Miaohua celebrate. But danger lurks...

 

Double Third Festival - Part 2

 

Will Laura survive? What happened to Miahua?

 

Dragon Boat Festival Hostages

 

After a year in China, Laura and Miaohua have become very close friends, so when she is invited to be part of a Dragon Boat crew she galdly accepts - only for the two girls to become even closer...

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Easter Hunt

 

One man comes home for the Easter weekend to find his family playing a game - or is there something else going on?

 

Four Seasons In One Day

 

For this store owner in Ottawa and her family, Canada Day is going to be a far more unusual time this year.

 

Ghost Story 

 

I originally wrote this story as a Halloween tale, but it was easily the most popular of this group of tales.

 

Hopping Mad 

 

Who would have thought buying an Easter present for a loved one would lead to an encounter with an old 'friend' visitng the area.

 

Interrupted Celebrations

 

From the pen of Amanda Lu, a girl's first Chinese New Year away from home has an unexpected twist....

 

It's CHRISTMAS!!!

 

December 1973, and Elton John, Wizzard and Slade are battling for the Christmas number one.  For the staff of the branch of Clydeside Bank, however, the evening of Christmas Eve takes on a rather different tone....

 

Jay's Christmas Cheer

 

Jay Edwards, Mrs McPhee and an old friend are about to make Christmas exciting for one family....

 

Lady Cholmondley's House

 

Three students get lost, and call at a mysterious house....

 

Looking

 

A seasonal tale....

 

Man Eaters

 

The two intruders thought they had the mother and her daughter under control - they were wrong....

 

Mark Plays Cupid

 

For Valentine's Day, Mark makes sure his mother and her partner have a very special day....

 

Midsummer Bound

 

Midsummer is a big holiday in some Scandanavian countries, particularly Denmark - so it's a good excuse to scratch an itch I've had since I visited Denmark as a teenager lo those many years ago...

 

Mooncakes Time

 

An invitation to celebrate a Chinese festival for this diplomat's daughter takes a rather unexpected and frightening turn...

 

Party Poopers

 

The party was a chance for a night out for Harriet and Eleanor - but old friends, and friends of friends, await them...

 

 

Party, Interrupted

 

Why has someone targeted these four women today of all days...

 

Protector

 

One Halloween night, Ruth and her mother are attacked by two men in their home as their father is taken away.  When ti looks as if they are in mortal danger, something comes ot their aid - but what?...

 

Queen of the May

 

May Day celebrations can take all sorts of strange forms - none more so than in certain English villages, where the festivals often involve dancing around the May Pole.  In this tale of long fermented revenge, however, the three maidens fair have an even greater attachment to the ceremony...

 

Relax...

 

Over forty years, the occupants of a block of flats share one experience...

 

Remember, Remember

 

"The 5th of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot...."  For Tara and Lucinda, this is one Guy Fawkes Night they won't forget in a hurry.

 

Repeat Appointments - Valentines

 

Nadia has gone to meet Tom - and he has a special day planned...

 

Robber Burns

 

The 25th of January for all Scots is Burns Night - and as a Scot, I choose to celebrate in ways both traditional and not so traditional.

 

Secret Santa

 

For Pippa, it was meant to be a Christmas Party for her clients and guests they would always remember.  Turned out that was what happened - but not for the reasons Pippa expected, as some special guest stars invite her guests to take a little trip...

 

Silent Night

 

Forty years, one family, and every Christmas something happens...

 

Snakeskin

 

Christina and Toni had a reputation for home invasions - but this home had a surprise waiting upstairs...

 

Spirits in the Night

 

Wartime Scotland - and as a mother and daughter are held hostage, their protector calls...

 

Spirits Rising

 

Ouija boards are not toys - as these two couples discover...

 

Summer Ball

 

For many of the bright young things in the UK, 21st June is the perfect time to hold a Summertime Ball.  If you were to ask Tara and Lucinda, however, you may get a different view on that day...

 

Thanksgiving Turkey

 

Written for the US holiday, it's still IMHO a good tale of ordinary folk held hostage.

 

The Dating Game

 

St Valentine's Day, and Tara and Lucinda have plans - plans that get rather rudely interrupted.

 

The Green Team

 

A tale of St Patrick's Day, two barmaids in an Irish bar, and some very stylish criminals

 

The Irish In Her

 

Coleen is Boston Irish - but that does not help her when an uninvited guest drosp in on the 17th of March.

 

The Manchester Witch

 

On a snowbound night in the family home, Juliette Huntingdown reads of an ancestor - adn then learns her story in 18th century Massachusetts...

 

The Night Before Christmas

 

A classic poem gets a slightly unusual twist...

 

The St Valentine's Day Kidnapping

 

An old abandoned warehouse - the perfect place to keep victims while the ransom is negotiated.  Or is it...

 

Turkey Trot

 

So, I run a poll on my DeviantArt page, asking which idea people would like to see for Thanksgiving 2010, and there is a three way tie - kidnapping at a display, home invasion and restaurant robbery.  For better or worse, here's the response...

 

Twinkle Belles

 

They were heading to a party - but they never made it...

 

Wednesday the 31st 

 

I try something completely different, as three couples arrange to spend Halloween night in an empty house - or is it?

 

When Santa Came In

 

Normally Santa comes with presents for everyone in his sack.  The one who has been at the grotto in Harpers, however, has something very different in mind - and the family of the store owner are part of his plans...

 

Wrapping Things Up

 

A few days before Christmas, and all over the house, not a thing is stirring - save the two burglars who just want to get out of the house.  Then the first housemate comes home...

 

Year of The Tiger

 

It's Chinese New Year, and for one family in Hong Kong the fireworks are all too real and close to home.  What they don;t know is why the raid is taking place, who ordered it - and why their mother agrees to talk to the leader of the gang...

 

  

 

 

 

 

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