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The People’s Friend Magazine
D.C. Thomson & Co Ltd.

The Life of Riley

A short story by author Teresa Ashby.

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The Life of Riley

Illustration by Gerard Fay.

……Riley took one look at the small ferryboat bobbing up and down on the choppy grey water and threw his arms around Alan. He’d never been so frightened in all his five and a bit years and his stomach churned like the washing in Mum’s new front loader……



A story featuring the character Riley, from childhood to adulthood.


The story centres around a small ferryboat, thus I’d be happy to show the ferryboat travelling across a river. The boat only seats 20 passengers and has an upstairs deck, too – see story for general description, and of surrounding scenery, too. Creativity welcome, especially due to the lack of central characters.
Season: Summer
Mood: Reflective

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