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THE BIRTHDAY

Short story winner FIRST LINE SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Ali Luke, Garforth, West Yorkshire, is the author of Lycopolis and Oblivion, two fast-paced contemporary fantasy novels.

She lives in Leeds with her husband and two young children, blogs about the art, craft and business of writing at www.aliventures.com, and can be found on Twitter as @aliventures

‘Is that what you meant to do?’ Richard asked, quietly.

Jason stared across the pub, ignoring the curious eyes turned towards them – other students, mostly. Lauren had gone; she’d grabbed her coat and bag, left her still-full pint, and gone.

‘Jason?’ Richard sounded worried now, no longer half-amused. ‘Look, go after her, then, go on.’

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