Fiction Street by Grace M. Jolliffe is a short story in the 1970s Liverpool Series. This is a very short story with only one-third of the publication devoted to the story. The other two-thirds are used to put in sample chapters from other published works. This would be extremely annoying except the story was free on Amazon, as in USD 0.00 to purchase, not Kindle Unlimited.
This is a story of Rebecca and Eric told through Rebecca’s eyes. Eric is the disgusting brother in the family. He also commits minor vandalism and even theft for which he is punished by their very strict father. But all attention will shift to Rebecca after she does something she was told never to do. She will take a shortcut to school on Fiction Street because she doesn’t want to be late. She has been warned repeatedly not to do this because of possible predators (child molesters). Additionally, there are red lights in several windows of homes on the street. Rebecca thinks them pretty.
An older fat man, Melonhead, makes her an offer he hopes she won’t refuse, and she doesn’t want to, the money is more than she has ever had. She is not sure what a “wank” is, but she assures the man she will try to find one. The delay has made her late for school and she must go to the school nurse to make her presentable for class. But it is the consequences at home that are important. She has completely replaced Eric as the principal recipient of punishment. And she doesn’t intend to accept it.
The value of this story is to display Jolliffe’s writing talent. Her telling of the story with an authentic Liverpool vocabulary is worth taking the time to read the story. There are also sample chapters from Piggy Monk Square and The Sunshine Girl.
Despite my like of the story I gave it only three Amazon stars in a fit of pique. I don’t like stories that occupy only one-third of the publication downloaded. This was listed on Amazon as sixty-nine pages, realistically it might have been twenty.