The winning story endings
In Spotlight 6/2012, we asked you to write a 400-word ending to Vanessa Clark's short story "The other red Mini".
The story starts like this:
On Monday morning, Andy drove to work in his new car. He felt like the king of the road. He had picked the car up from the dealer on Saturday and had already driven more than 200 miles in it around the local area, just for fun. It was the first new car he'd ever owned.
It continues — on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — as Andy notices that someone else at work is driving the same kind of car — "the other red Mini" — and is parking it right next to his. In the lunchroom, Andy finds a set of car keys for a Mini just like his.
"Excuse me," Andy called out. "Someone's forgotten their keys." One of the young men at the back of the group turned round. "Oh, those must be Vic's. Thanks, mate. I'll take them."
So far, this had been the most interesting week Andy had ever had at work. As he walked to his car that evening, he was feeling cheerful — until he saw a small piece of paper under the windscreen wipers. Someone had left a message for him. When he read the words, written with a red pen the same colour as the two cars, Andy's face went white, and his hands began to shake.
That's the cliffhanger we left you with. Among the 200 entries we received, many of you had similar ideas:
• Vic is the beautiful woman Andy hopes she is, and the two fall in love.
• Vic is Andy's long-lost twin sister.
• Vic is a man.
Some of the ideas you sent were more unusual.
• Andy is being stalked by an ex-girlfriend.
• Andy is a wanted criminal living under a false name.
• The note was on the wrong car and was not for Andy at all.
In the end, we had to choose two winners. Read the winning entries on the next page.
Remember: you'll find all four of our chapters in the June Spotlight, and you can hear all four chapters read in the June edition of Spotlight Audio. (Order the June magazine • Download the June audio)