The Moving Pen | Paul Nicholls
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Paul Nicholls

Paul is a writer with a taste for comedy, mystery, history, and just a little bit of magic. His musings on nothing in particular can be found on paulnichollswriter.com
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The surface of the Great River was completely still. Leaning over the rail of the royal barge, Lysandra gasped at the beauty …

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When I bought my new dress you smiled cheekily, lasciviously. At my graduation you put your arm around me, And said, “she’s …

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Oh glorious, silver orb, your beams drip deep through the dank damp earth until they reach me here in my resting place. …

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A drifter, my Pa had said. A young girl just passin’ through. I seen her next day in the big barn, watchin’ …

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Tara loved living near the mangroves, where the tides rolled in and out every day. At high tide the water was bustling …

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Lysandra felt almost invisible in her black cloak as she hurried in the darkness down the Avenue of the Pharaohs. The shadowy …

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Back in her private chambers it took a long time for Lysandra’s tears to stop flowing. Sitting on the end of the …

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Lysandra’s right foot came out of her sandal as she took the bend at pace. A troop of Roman soldiers marching in …

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Gav couldn’t decide what gave him more solace; the pistol in his right coat pocket or the bottle of poison in his …

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Ah yes, The Barnacles! Don’t they seem to just grow right out of the rocky shores of Sydney Harbour. Regular readers of …

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Joey The wind blowing off Lake Michigan gives me jitters. It’s rattling the trolley wires, and the street lights hanging off them …

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Under the Milky Way

Written by Paul Nicholls

Helena stepped back from the edge a second time. Breakers thudded against the rocks below and the sea-breeze ruffled the folds of …

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Bronzegold

Written by Paul Nicholls

The shade from the London plane trees does a good job of extracting the sting of the sun. Now winter is over …

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Rocks

#BeMyJack

Written by Paul Nicholls

“Shona, why are you gripping the stern rail so tight? Are you seasick?” Oh Christ! It’s Veronica, the gym junkie. “Just enjoying …

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The Riddle of Thebes

Written by Paul Nicholls

Leo lay languidly under the acacia tree, picking at the morsels of meat caught between his molars. He thought about nothing in …

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Corey

Written by Paul Nicholls

‘Mum, I’m bored. Can we go to the shops?’ Corey’s mum held up her hand to shoosh him and told the Zoomed …

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Four Cockatoos

Written by Paul Nicholls

Winter One winter’s day at sunset, four sulphur-crested cockatoos landed on my fence – one bird for each of the seasons. It …

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The Writer

Written by Paul Nicholls

Elias’s cheeks were burning. He strode down the corridor, barely looking at his father walking beside him. The sound of the rain …

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Among the Ironbarks

Written by Paul Nicholls

You can’t bring her back you know. In the gloaming we queued, awaiting our deliverance from another week. The bus arrived just …

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Redemption

Written by Paul Nicholls

Just a few days into the swimming program of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the world was astonished to see the …

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Hound Dog

Written by Paul Nicholls

Jett pressed play on the CD and You ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog rocked out across the empty rehearsal room. Normally …

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