The sentence to start our February stories was to do with knocking on a door and not getting a response. This produced 3 murders, a case of fraud and the poignancy of the death of an elderly lady caused by someone who didn't respond to not having an answer.
One murder set in India was revenge for a mis-used sister; another committed by a seemingly harmless handyman who also stole the furniture; and, the third, a mysterious case of a murdered Russian spy thrown out of a plane and landing on an elderly lady who was peacefully gardening. Thankfully, the elderly lady was snatched from the jaws of death by a friend who went to the back door having not gained an answer from her knocking. A very good plot this which took us on a red herring ride before the final solution!
The poignant story of the next death showed how much joy can come from young people befriending the elderly and listening to their stories and experience. At first discounting any persistence on the part of her Aunt to raise her friend to answer the door, she was introduced and they also became friends. The younger woman visited regularly, taking little gifts of cheer and enjoying their times together. Unfortunately, whilst she was away on holiday, her elderly friend took a fall in the house and whilst the social worker who called coincidentally one day might have saved her - she went on to her next call when she didn't receive an answer. Intending to call again later she went to her next visit and then, being very busy, forgot to go back and try again.
Next month we have to write an historical story - starting from someone born in the 1600's. As it happens a century full of things to base ourselves on. Floods, Fire, Plague, the death of a King and trouble in Parliament...it all sounds strangely familiar! Should be fun - the difficulty will be in choosing I think.
Our general discipline is to write on a range of subjects, something to suit everyone. It is a very friendly group, so do come along and release your inner author. We meet on the third Thursday of the month from 2.00 p.m. until 4.00 p.m. in a member's house in Callington.