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THE AVENGING RAY

Adventure Short Stor y Competition Winner

Dominic Bell is an oil rig worker from Hull, East Yorkshire. After feeding his long-held writing ambition with an OU creative writing course, he is working on a series of First World War novels, with a view to possibly publishing on CreateSpace. For the last two years he has been entering WM competitions, finding the deadlines ensure he at least finishes them, and has been shortlisted several times, but this is his first win, an achievement he finds very encouraging.

The day was a hot one, and I was relieved to see my destination. I had intended to walk from my hotel to a remote pub in the next valley and lunch, but a couple of unintended diversions had considerably extended the supposed two hours walk. Still, the purpose of the holiday was to take me far from my usual urban setting and put me and my laptop firmly in the country, there to produce deathless prose. Or something along those lines. So far I had only scribbled a few lines in my notebook, mainly to do with the rush of the wind and the silence, which taken together made no real sense at all.

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