Blood Ties

The girl guessed who cut me and was determined to stop it happening again. She stood between me and knife boy as she had stood between her fighting friends, as a reconciler, an ambassador of peace. Her feet were as unmovable as tap roots but I knew in my timbers it would be a close thing. I didn't want to die.
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Words: 3,060
Language: Commonwealth English
ISBN: 9781311148230
Tags: short story
About Mark Douglas Stafford

Mark’s early years were spent building cubbyhouses, writing computer software on some of the world’s first computers and blowing up things in the garage.
After high school he began with a teaching degree and finished with a business degree. He established then sold his first business in 2005 after which he embarked on a career in senior management, running various technology companies in cutting-edge fields.
He has completed courses at the Sydney Writers’ Centre.
Mark has written six novels and a raft of short stories about talking mattresses and trees that grow money instead of leafs. Mark writes particularly for the children’s and young-adult segment but his highly imaginative and original stories are enjoyed by readers of all ages.
He won 'Highly Commended' in The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Awards 2013 for his short story 'The Interview'.
He draws inspiration from the fables of Gabriel García Márquez, Oscar Wild and Hector Hugh Munro. As an aficionado of science fiction he is especially fond of the classics, like Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series which harks back to a time when it was still fashionable to be optimistic about the future.
He is excruciatingly happily married and lives in the hills of northern Sydney, Australia with his wife and four rambunctious children, all of whom are fierce book critics; which helps.

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