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Open short story winner

Baby Blue Eyes by Paul Speller

1st prize Winner

Paul Speller is a freelance journalist and PR from the Isle of Man. He is currently trying to write his first full-length novel. It was actually while he was searching for a new opening chapter for that novel that the idea for Baby Blue Eyes came to him. Although it did not fit in with the novel, he saw it had potential as a stand-alone short story.

A splash, then a giggle and those baby blue eyes lit up.

Her child had always loved bath time. Now, at six months old and able to sit up with minimum support, it was even more fun.

These days, she could relax and enjoy it too. The nagging fear had gone. It was no longer a time of vulnerability. No need to worry about being caught off guard.

They had told her it would not work.

They had been right. It had not worked.

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