I am currently working on my first novel - a bittersweet exploration of what happens when family dynamics are turned on their head
and secrets struggle to stay hidden.
1 Across We can neither slow it down nor speed it up, or can we? (4)
Ken tipped the point of his biro onto his tongue, hovered it over 1 Across and then stopped. Can’t speed it up or slow it down, or can we? The words ran through his mind but the answer didn’t come. Mary would have known; she’d have got it before Ken had even finished reading out the clue.
Love a crossword but never have one, that’s right, isn’t it, she’d have said, and then be on to the next clue. Let’s get a move on, just because you’re retired doesn’t mean we have to go in slow motion, I’ve got housework to get on with.
1 Across still didn’t come to Ken. He tried 1 Down..................
As soon as I see the bus, that’s when I get my notebook out and write down the number. I won’t get on the bus until I have the number, written on a clean page in the top left hand corner. That’s how Tom likes it done. Tom comes every day to check my work, and to check I’ve had my dinner. He says that my work is a survey and that the bus company will be very pleased to have it, once it’s finished. I don’t know when it will be finished but Tom says I’m not to worry about that. Tom says I shouldn’t worry about anything. But I do..............
I start in her bedroom. They only live in small private quarters now. Not that they ever lived in the whole place. There are two bedrooms, a sitting room, kitchenette, dining room and a bathroom. I used to clean more rooms but when they moved into this small area, I became their personal cleaner. I had never been interested in promotions but that day I felt like I’d won the jackpot..........
"There is a thin line that separates
laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humour and hurt."