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The Pick of the Bunch, by Ivor Slipper  [message #71782] Tue, 02 August 2016 10:32 Go to next message
Jolyon Lewes   United Kingdom

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I want to draw readers' attention to this very poignant short story by Ivor Slipper, who drew his inspiration from a picture he recently posted on 'Total Inspiration.' The picture is here:

http://forum.iomfats.org/t/8824/#page_top

The story concerns a boy called Jake who sees a French boy at his school being bullied and wades in to defend him. Jake befriends the boy, whom he calls Ren, and a tender relationship begins to form. There are problems to come, however and these are described with great sensitivity, leading to a conclusion that beautifully invokes the picture and gives the title its double-meaning. I challenge any reader to finish this story with dry eyes.

Here is the story:

http://iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/ivor-slipper/shorts/the -pick-of-the-bunch.html

Jolyon

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Re: The Pick of the Bunch, by Ivor Slipper  [message #71783 is a reply to message #71782] Tue, 02 August 2016 13:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Nick Deverill is currently offline  Nick Deverill   United Kingdom

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The actual picture is at the end of the story.
Re: The Pick of the Bunch, by Ivor Slipper  [message #71785 is a reply to message #71783] Thu, 04 August 2016 23:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
solsticeman is currently offline  solsticeman   United Kingdom

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Beautifully done, well done Ivor. Give it a go guys... remember to take tissues with you.
Re: The Pick of the Bunch, by Ivor Slipper  [message #71789 is a reply to message #71782] Mon, 08 August 2016 14:34 Go to previous message
ivor slipper is currently offline  ivor slipper   United Kingdom

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Thanks to Jolyon & Sosticeman for their appreciative comments on this story. Also to others who have sent individual feedback.

I'm sorry it was a rather sad tale but that was how the picture spoke to me.
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