A short story by paul-c

One day Maggie decided it was time she had a new kitchen. She saw just the right one in John Lewis but it would cost two thousand pounds, so Maggie set about working out how she could get hold of two grand without breaking into her savings. It didn't take Maggie long to come up with a cunning plan....

Maggie's husband, Paul - a fairly well-known artist, has always got several unsold paintings lying aound in his studio. He's not going to notice if one goes walkies, thought Maggie, so she picked one and took it to an art dealer in town intending to sell it and raise the cash for her kitchen.

The dealer examined the painting and immediately offered Maggie two hundred pounds for it. 'But I was hoping for two thousand', said Maggie.

'I'm sorry' said the dealer 'two hundred is all I can give you for your husband's painting.

'But you have a similar painting in your window for two thousand' complained Maggie.
'Yes but that painting was only two hundred pounds until last week when the artist sadly died causing the value of his paintings to increase ten-fold'

Maggie thought about this for a moment then told him she would hang on to her painting as there was no way she would get her new kitchen with what the dealer was offering her. She thanked the dealer saying 'I will come back tomorrow after my husband has eaten the mushrooms I'm cooking for him tonight'.

The End




A short story by paul-c

Brenda and Eric had been in a close and happy relationship for many years and everyone thought they would always stay together. So it was with shock and disbelief when their friends heard that Brenda had decided to leave Eric.

It had not been an easy decision for Brenda to make; a large part of her wanted to stay in what had been a happy and mutually beneficial arrangement, but as in all associations they occasionally had their differences. When in a partnership the individual sometimes has to accept that decisions need to be agreed by the other party and they cannot expect to have their own way all the time.

There came a point, however when Brenda realised that she wanted to go her own way and make her own decisions without having to seek Eric's approval. She wanted freedom to do her own thing. When Brenda broke the news to Eric that she was going to leave, Eric was devastated and did everything he could to get her to change her mind. Eventually though Eric came to understand that Brenda had made her decision and was not about to abandon her resolve to leave.

All too often breakups can develop into acrimonious affairs with both parties doing everything they can to hurt the other. From the outset Brenda and Eric were determined not to go down this path. They spent a lot of time discussing the implications of Brenda's leaving and worked out between them how best to make the break with as little disruption to both their lives as possible.

People expected Brenda and Eric to have nothing more to do with each other, but they had other ideas. There was, after all no reason for them not to remain friends. Over the years they had always been there for each other and could see no reason for this to change just because they were no longer in a relationship. So they continued their close friendship and did what they could look after each other even though they were no longer "together".


This story is a work of fiction and will never receive any literary awards but it's not beyond the realms of possibility that it could be true.

With this in mind read my story again but every time you see "Brenda" substitute it with "Britain" and every time you see "Eric" substitute "The EU"

Wouldn't it be nice if world leaders were like Brenda and Eric.