My old university, the University of Nottingham, asked me to write a short story for their alumni magazine recently!
As one of the timelines in The Next Together is set on the University of Nottingham campus in 2039, I decided to write about Kate and Matt during their time at the uni.
The short story is set somewhere between Kate and Matt’s first meeting, and the point when everything goes to hell. So… Chapter 2? :’)
If you’re a Nottingham uni alumni, you can enter a competition to write a 1000 word short story set at a Nottingham campus, to be judged by me! Details here.
“So,” the Head of the School of Life Sciences said, eyeing them both over the rim of her glasses. “Why don’t you tell me how this happened?”
“Kate?” Matt said, in a strangled voice. “Why don’t you explain?”
Kate grimaced. “Well- I mean- I guess-”
“Please.” The Head massaged her temples. “Just tell me how the fire started.”
Kate swallowed. “I suppose it started with the snails.”
Beside her, Matt slowly sunk lower in his seat, deflating like a very embarrassed balloon.
Kate and Matt are characters from The Next Together series, published by Walker Books.
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Alice and I did another infamous talking-nonsense video: