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In a Foreign Field

By Jane O’Loughlin, Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna Highly commended, junior Clare Champion Short Story Competition MARY poured the hot water out of the kettle slowly, took out the tea bag and started stirring in a spoon of sugar. With her left hand she turned the notch to turn up the volume of the radio. She listened carefully, “World War Two bomb found, the army have cleared the area and are attempting a controlled explosion.” She clenched the top of her wooden walking stick and as slow as a snail, walked over and sat down on her old armchair. She took a sip from her cup of tea and grimaced at its heat and sweetness. She placed it down on a small wooden tea table beside her armchair. She closed her eyes, rocked back and forth on her chair and started reminiscing about the past. She was 19 again, with long blond locks which she always had pinned up. She …

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