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Brian Curtin


Was born in South Australia in 1933 and moved to Sydney New South Wales in 1977 now retired and living on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Retired Carpenter and Professional Photographer. Have written poetry, also comedy, and short story children’s books all of which are unfinished and unpublished.

Email : bricurt93@yahoo.com

Website : http://www.wordgarland.com/oneplusone.htm

Belinda Comes to Port Macquarie

Written By: Brian Curtin
Series: Belinda #1
Published By: Devine Destinies

Will Belinda remember to wear a seat belt next time she travels. Belinda falls from Santa’s sleigh forty...

“Oh I see,” Belinda replied. “I know Eleanor has an uncle and aunty in Port Macquarie. Maybe I could find them, or maybe you might know them.”

“I think I might, at that,” the man said. “Some people only a short distance from here have mentioned a niece in Kempsey by the name of Eleanor. You might do well to ask them. Just walk down this street and turn left. It’s the green house on the next corner.”

Belinda thanked the man for his help, waved goodbye to him, and set off to find Eleanor’s uncle.

Will Belinda remember to wear a seat belt next time she travels.
Belinda falls from Santa’s sleigh forty-five kilometres from her destination. Will she find her new owner for whom she is a Christmas present.


 
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Belinda Goes On A Picnic

Written By: Brian Curtin
Series: Belinda #3
Published By: Devine Destinies

A safety message when on a picnic. Belinda wanders into a forest and becomes lost. What will become of her?

Excerpt: Belinda followed the bird into the nearby forest and saw her land in a small tree. Belinda had been told not to climb trees, as she could easily fall and hurt herself, but this was only a small tree and easy to climb, and the nest was not that far from the ground. By being very careful and holding firmly to a strong branch, she was able to see into the nest.

“Oh, how cute,” Belinda said as she looked into the nest and saw two baby birds with no feathers and their great yellow beaks open as they squawked loudly.

Belinda watched the mother bird feed the chicks for a while, and then climbed down the tree. On reaching the ground, she noticed some lovely wild flowers, so she decided to pick a few. As she wandered along gathering flowers, she was unaware that she was moving deeper and deeper into the forest.

All of a sudden, she stopped and looked around. All she could see was trees and bushes, and no sign of Eleanor or her mother. “Oh dear,” she said. “I must be lost.” She was about to cry.

 

A safety message when on a picnic.
Belinda wanders into a forest and becomes lost. What will become of her?
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Belinda Goes To The Beach

Written By: Brian Curtin
Series: Belinda #2
Published By: Devine Destinies

A safety message for the beach. Belinda ventures outside of the safety flags at the beach. What will happen to...

Eleanor set about getting Belinda clean, and then dressed her in her very best clothes. She looked an absolute picture when Eleanor had finished.

“Now, you stay pretty and don’t get dirty while I get ready,” Eleanor said.

“Okay,” Belinda replied, “I won’t play in the dirt, I promise.”

Eleanor went to have a bath and get dressed, and then went to find Belinda. She looked around outside, but could not see her.

“Have you seen Belinda?” she asked her mother.

“Yes, I saw her go outside, and I told her not to get dirty. She promised me that she would not play in the dirt.”

“She promised me that, too, after I told her the same thing. I hope she keeps her promise.”

Eleanor went outside again to search for Belinda. This time at the bottom of the garden, Eleanor noticed the door of the garden shed was open. When Eleanor peeped through, the door she saw the funniest sight.     

 

A safety message for the beach.
Belinda ventures outside of the safety flags at the beach. What will happen to her?
 
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Bronte and her Telepathic Dog

Written By: Brian Curtin
Published By: Devine Destinies

There are no boundaries for age and courage.   Bronte is terribly frightened the first time Kosta spe...

Bronte got some very good footage of the man as he walked toward the truck.

Okay, you have your footage now, so let’s get out of here, we can keep the bushes between the house and us until we get to heavier cover and then scoot for home, besides a lot of their view is blocked by the truck and they’re going to be busy unloading.

No, just a few more minutes, I didn’t get a good shot of the driver because the door of the truck was in the way, and before I was focusing on the one that just came out.

You crazy fool.

It should be okay when that guy came out and got his bag he took no notice this way. He has no idea we are here.

I wouldn’t be so sure of that.

Stop it! I’m shaking as it is and you’re making it worse.

Kosta kept on insisting to get Bronte to leave, but she was adamant that she wanted to get some good footage of the driver.

But what about the warning.

He has to come out soon then I’ll go, I promise.

But the warning said to watch your back remember, it said the wind was heading to the West meaning you were facing the West like you are now―he stopped abruptly he had heard a slight sound behind him and he turned around quickly. Too late now.

There are no boundaries for age and courage.
 
Bronte is terribly frightened the first time Kosta speaks to her mind—he’s a dog, after all. Turns out that’s nothing compared to the fear she experiences when she learns there’s some kind of secret operation going on practically at her front door. She’s got to stop it somehow to save her country—but who will believe a twelve-year-old and a telepathic dog? What will she have to do to convince the authorities it’s all real? She only has Kosta to turn to and confide in, but what can he do, and at what cost?
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Katey and her Possessed Budgie

Written By: Brian Curtin
Published By: Devine Destinies

The mind can be a powerful tool if you have the willpower to use it.  Katey learns of a massive corruptio...

Katey had only just woken up and was still half-asleep. She had slept in as it was Saturday and her mother had gone to work. She wandered toward the dining room heading for the kitchen with the idea of preparing some breakfast. As she passed the budgie cage there was a voice that didn’t register immediately.

“About time you woke up and fed me”.

“Yeah whatever,” she mumbled then took two more steps and spun around suddenly realising she was home alone, ‘‘What! Who said that?”

“I did, stupid. Who else is here?”

She was now staring at the budgie and saw his beak move. “You can’t talk, Charlie,” she said.

“Oh no, then watch my beak.”

“I did, but don’t call me stupid or you’ll get nothing.”

“Alright, but please, I’m hungry—and some fresh water if it’s not too much trouble.”

“Okay, I’ll do it now.”

“Thanks.”

Katey got the birdseed from the cupboard and filled his seed bowl, then took his water bowl washed it out and fill it with fresh water.

“There you are Charlie,” she said as she placed the water bowl back in his cage, “Enjoy.”

She stepped back from the cage and watched the bird eat, all thought of breakfast now completely forgotten. How amazing is this, I can actually have a conversation with a bird. Nah, this’s just a dream—this can’t be happening.

It’s happening alright, you’re not dreaming.

“Now you’re reading my mind. What is this? Who are you? What are you?” she asked.

“Just a common budgie, with a special gift, that can talk and telecommunicate,” Charlie replied.

“And before, I heard you in my head and your beak didn’t move.”

“Yeah, I was just testing you to see if you could read my thoughts.”

“Wait til mum gets home, she’s gonna freak.”

“No, that won’t happen.”

“Why?”

“This has to stay between just you and me.”

“But why?”

“Well, if it gets out, there’s a bird that can hold a conversation, they’ll think I’m a freak, and you know your mum and money. She’ll be selling me off to the highest bidder.”

“Hey, that’s a great idea.” Katey chuckled. “We could make a fortune.”

“It wouldn’t do you any good—I’d shut up and wouldn’t say a word.”

“Nah, I won’t do that—I was only joking.  Besides, this could be fun.”

“Okay, then for now we can chat when we’re alone and use telepathy when we’re not… Okay?”

“Okay, I’ll keep it quiet.”

“Exactly, unless you want people to think you’ve lost your marbles.” Charlie started laughing.

“This is really cool. Now I’ll have someone to talk to.”

“Yeah, and that goes for me too. You can also leave the cage door open if you like, so I can come out and fly around.”

“But you might take off.”

“Nah, I’ve got it too good here to do that.”

“Okay, as long as you promise.”

“I promise, and I’ll come and sit on your shoulder if you want.”

Katey opened the cage door and Charlie flew out. “I’ll just fly around a bit first to stretch my wings.”

After a short flight, Charlie landed on the refrigerator. He sat there taking in the surroundings, then flew onto Katey’s shoulder, hopped up to her face and nibbled gently on her cheek.

“That’s a kiss for feeding me and letting me out.”

“That’s okay, it’s cool.”

The mind can be a powerful tool if you have the willpower to use it.
 Katey learns of a massive corruption attempt. Spirits approach her to cooperate with them in an attempt to end it. Will the new powers she is given be of any use—and will she have the willpower to use them?
 
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One Plus One Makes One

Written By: Brian Curtin
Published By: Devine Destinies
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No sooner had they kissed for the first time when tragedy strikes and the girl’s hopes and dreams of becomin...

Wendy turned and left as Liana stormed toward them and hurried off to the other end of the hall.

“What’d she want?” Liana asked.

“She wanted to know if I would dance with her.”

“She usually dances with Peter.”

“Yeah, I know, but she said she doesn’t like dancing with him.”

“But he dances all right.”

“She didn’t seem to think so.”

“He’s not as good looking that’s why, and I am sure she’s got the hots for you. I have seen her looking at you.

“Thanks, I’ll take that as a compliment.”

“Well, don’t let it go to your head,” she warned and smiled.

“I won’t.”

“So, what’d you tell her?”

“I told her that you and I had a new routine to practise.”

“Good, I’ll fix her wagon,” she said and stormed off toward Wendy.

No sooner had they kissed for the first time when tragedy strikes and the girl’s hopes and dreams of becoming a ballet dancer are dashed when both her legs are badly broken in an accident. The girl is convinced it is a bad omen and the boy is blaming himself.
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