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My aim is to write a story with a twist or surprise ending, using suspense and clues to keep the reader interested.

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English Coursework-A Tale with a Twist Aim: To write a story with a twist or surprise ending, using suspense and clues to keep the reader interested. The story: "Any spare change, Guvnor?' the young girl cried, "Any change to spare?" The gentleman pushed away her hand and hurried on, huddled in his frog jacket for protection against the wind like a tortoise huddles in its shell. It was cold and her ragged clothes did nothing to keep out the hard winter wind but she knew she must stay where she was. Long ago, she had learnt not to turn for home in such weather, but stand her ground. It was easier to do that than to bear the brunt of her mother's cane, always ready to come hurtling down on her back. Yes, it hurt much less to stay. He lay on his bed, near to death. Looking down at him Stu could hardly believe this was the man who had done so much in his youth. He had climbed Snowdon at 60, been one of the forefathers of photography, it was even rumoured he had leapt from a moving train in his twenties, although that was so long ago now, no one could recall it. At the ripe old age of 94, he seemed only a shadow of his former self, dying of consumption, and helpless in his last years. Glancing down again, Stu noticed the elder was stirring. ...read more.


She reminisced. How her mother in a good mood had once played Mud Pies with her, scuffling in the dirt until it was so late they could no longer see the hands in front of their face. Then, the way her mother had gradually become dependant on opium and alcohol. Sometimes she was in the opium dens all night. She could even recall the sadness on her mother's face as she realised she had no money to support the habit and the grim determination as she set out to become a prostitute. She looked once at the yard where she had spent so long and subsequently walked away without glancing back. `Good bye Mother,' she whispered as she left. `Goodbye Mother Mari.' As she bowed her head she spotted a figure across the road glance once in her direction, interestedly. As she passed from under a street lamp into the darkness of the now deserted Main Road, the last thing she saw was an expression of utter surprise and heard him call out to her. She was too tired to think anything of it then. So, here he was. After a long journey from Scotland, over many hills and dales, finally he was in London, amongst the lit streetlamps and busy crowds, which were always headed somewhere and nowhere. After much research he had found a possible contact and that was where he was going now. Drawing up to the wooden, rotting door, he smelt the familiar sweet fumes of the opium and choked, unused to the strength of the drug. ...read more.


There was an unearthly silence, then the girl smiled and slipped her hand into his. It was wonderful. Lana smiled in happiness. He led the quiet girl into the room, smiling within him and openly showing it. The girl talked little enough but she was the Baron's granddaughter and that was satisfactory. Now, they were together. He would leave them for a while then collect his pay. He hated to think of money at a time like this but times were hard and he needed the money. Her hair caught his eyes as he left. It was her only quality, that flowing golden hair. "So Lana" the old man sighed. "We finally meet." Frowning the girl opened her mouth, but then decided against it, and instead smiled a dimpled beam. Lana sat quietly in her usual spot. The death of her mother had shaken her but she was getting on with life and trying the best she could to earn a living-not for two this time, but for one. "Any spare change, Guvnor?" She pleaded, arms outstretched. "Any change to spare?" Oh, this wasn't the life for her. If only she had someone to turn to, to run and bury her head in, like a kindly grandpa. But things like that happened only in fairy tales-didn't they? She had overheard a man on the bridge yesterday, talking to a girl similar to herself, the only difference being the contrasting hair. He had named her a millionaire, but surely that was just a joke? Still, it was just what she needed. ...read more.

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