MR PADDY’S PORTAL CHAPTER 11 CHANCING FATE

CHAPTER 11 CHANCING FATE Nigel Patrick Moloney, Pippa’s newly appointed bodyguard, entered Mr. Paddy’s Bookshop anonymously late one Friday afternoon. ‘He’s huge, but gorgeous,’ Pippa thought as she watched the unlikely customer come through the door.  He had to duck his head to get through Mr. Paddy’s slanted entranceway. Nigel continued the pretext of being…

Mr Paddy’s Portal Chapter 10 RIDING THE WAVES

CHAPTER 10 RIDING THE WAVES Pippa was excited to be able to speak to her old friends in their new form over lunch.  This was no normal meeting.  In other less pressing circumstances she would have been formally introduced at the beginning of the proceedings but time was short.  The longer the group stayed together…

CHAPTER 9 THE VANISHING VILLAGE

CHAPTER 9 THE VANISHING VILLAGE The yellow VW was on the road before anyone else was up. The travellers were all happier in themselves on this fine day, but the trip itself still seemed endless. At times it was as if they were swimming in deep seas, struggling through the green landscape of Yorkshire to…

Mr Paddy’s Portal Chapter 8

CHAPTER 8 A YORKSHIRE JOURNEY Pippa was getting more and more irritated as she stood in the Safeways queue in the city of York.  A stupid thing to do, she told herself, to get snared by such old anger.  The background music did nothing to help her temper. She disliked supermarkets and this one was…

MR PADDY’S PORTAL CHAPTER 7 MR TERRY TWOSHOES

CHAPTER 7 MR. TERRY TWOSHOES Mr. Terry Twoshoes lingered as long as he possibly could in the real estate office’s murky entrance opposite Mr. Paddy’s Bookshop.  He could not believe that Pippa had managed to slip past him. She did not seem to be in the bookshop now.  The sign on the door said ‘closed’…

MR PADDY’S PORTAL CHAPTER 6 CHANGING SCENES

CHAPTER 6 CHANGING SCENES Pippa’s former life was finished.  It had vanished overnight when she had inherited Mr. Paddy’s Bookshop and the Soft Toy Team.  Pippa was becoming increasingly aware of the bookshop’s special power to change anyone and everyone who visited it in whatever capacity. She now recognised that anything was possible just as…

Mr. Paddy’s Portal Chapter 5 BOOKS AND BEARS

CHAPTER 5 BOOKS AND BEARS King’s Cross Station was a mass of moving people.  Suddenly as her train’s platform number was displayed a solid mass moved towards the train.  Pippa had purchased an economy day return and amongst a group of purposeful people she felt better and more secure. She sank with relief into her…

MR PADDY’S PORTAL CHAPTER 4 A SACRED TRUST

CHAPTER 4 A SACRED TRUST David Toddhunter was not surprised to learn that Pippa Robbins was waiting in his outer office.  His coffee grew cold as he contemplated her presence and he pushed it away a trifle violently. It slopped into the saucer and onto his immaculate oak desk. David’s feeling that Pippa would come…

MR PADDY’S PORTAL CHAPTER 3 TALKING WITH TEDDY

CHAPTER 3 TALKING WITH TEDDY Pippa found it difficult to fall asleep. She was really in an amazing state as she tried to adjust to her exciting new circumstances. She was a working class girl from Australia, suddenly offered ownership of an old bookshop in central London. What was expected of her now? Beyond the…

MR PADDY’S PORTAL CHAPTER 2 BEN AND MERLE

CHAPTER 2 BEN AND MERLE As she approached the safety of her home Pippa slowed her pace. On her corner Pippa paused to talk to one of her newer London friends, Ben the Barrowman, who traded from his fruit barrow daily except Sundays. His barrow was painted a saucy green and it was always piled…