Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll

Six Sentence Sunday

Another Sunday, and another six. Today, another set from the final story in my short story collection A Series of Ordinary Adventures: 'The Footballer's Mistress', which incidentally is up for best SF and Fantasy short story in the Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll, for which voting will close soon. Poppy, having heard the excitement regarding the imminent arrival of a new resident for the converted mill, is trying to make sense of what she has overheard:

By slipping into various of the dwellings at night when all the occupants had returned home, Poppy slowly began to understand about this other football. The great glass panels on their walls showed moving stories, like in the travelling picture house, but with sounds accompanying the actions. On these screens, some of the families watched games of football, played by teams of men in matching uniforms, before vast crowds of onlookers. From the conversations in the households, and from the passages Poppy caught sight of in the newspapers delivered to the families, she learned that men who played this football were paid sums of money greater than she could imagine. In a year, they earned more than she thought a mill owner might have earned in ten.

No wonder the footballer could not only afford to keep both a wife and a mistress, but could provide such luxuries for his mistress as Poppy had seen on the topmost floor of the mill.

To see what other people have been posting this week, go to the website here and follow the links to all the story extracts, with something to suit every taste.
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