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Subscriber-only short story winner

Three words short story competition

Winner

PJ is a British writer and environmentalist who lives in Switzerland with his wife and Parson Russell Terrier. As an avid history buff, he writes a lot of historical short fiction. His stories are often set in the Second World War, frequently during the Battle of Britain. He is currently finalising an anthology about Spitfire pilots, their comrades, enemies and loved ones.

I suppose I created a sort of mental barrier to block out all the memories. It worked well and held strong for years. Many years. Until one day the telephone rang. The trill of the bell breached the dam in my head like a psychological bouncing bomb and a tidal wave of sensations – old, familiar sensations – flooded over me: the dry mouth; the sweaty palms; the racing heart. I even got that weird, fluttering feeling in my stomach, as if I was looping the loop while sitting on the ground.

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