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    Red Ink – Julie Mayhew

    “This is the recipe.  Take five pounds of hulled whole wheat. Hold it in your arms. Feel that it weighs nothing compared to the load that lays heavy on your heart. Wash the wheat, let your tears join in. Strike a match, strike up faith, light the gas. Watch the wheat bubble and boil. See steam rising like hope.” All her life Melons mum told her The Story. The Story was like a fairy tale gone wrong, but it was beautiful all the same. It was the story of how Melon came to be, how her mum became the person she was and of how the Fouraki family is cursed…

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    Fortunately, the Milk – Neil Gaiman

    “There was only orange juice in the fridge. Nothing else that you could put on your cereal, unless you think that ketchup or mayonnaise or pickle juice would be nice on your Toastios, which I do not, and neither does my little sister, although she has eaten some pretty weird things in her day, like mushrooms in chocolate* *She did not actually like eating them. And I had not actually told her that there were mushrooms inside the chocolate. It was an experiment.” Mum’s away. Dads in charge. And there’s no milk. Fortunately, Dad is going out to get some. But from the minute the milk is in his hands…