Better as friends 4: second attempt (Humpbuckle Tales 44)

“Let’s try again,” Janey says.

John has been living in Humpbuckle-on-sea for six months and he loves and hates it in equal measures.

“I love you, Janey,” he says. “And that’s why I’m telling you no. We work better as friends.”

Janey pouts but John knows she’s relieved.

This is the forty-forth story in the series of Humpbuckle Tales. Each story is precisely 50 words long. They are meant to be independent stories, but if you read them all you will find each one adds another piece to the puzzle – there is a bigger story that is being told.

This story was first published on my Hive blog ( and you can find all the stories on the @humbuckletales Hive account – at the time of posting this I have just published Tale number 87. On Hive I publish 12 stories per week (Monday to Saturday one story per day and then six 50-word stories in one post on a Sunday).

You can watch the author read the first 22 Humpbuckle Tales on YouTube or you can listen to it as a podcast.

Written by Bruce Arbuckle ( on Hive). Find the latest in the Humpbuckle Tales series on Hive


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