University: Adaptation Project

Have a read of a fellow writer’s work who is on my University degree

The world according to fitz

Ok, so tomorrow I am meeting with the author of my source text that I have chosen for my Adaptation project for uni. For our adaptation unit we had to choose text and then write a treatment of how we would adapt it into a different medium and write a few scene from our interpretation of the text. I chose the 2007 novel ‘Blue Sky July’ by Nia Wyn, a Cardiff based author. The story is very relate-able to me, as it follows the first seven years of Nia’s son Joe’s life who has cerebral palsy. It was interesting for me to see the impact that CP has on the parental side, while not being directly effected by the disability it still bares a big impact. It kind of made me realize that the events of the book must be similar to what my parents went through with me when…

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Short Story: Hello


The desk was slightly messy, paperwork up to Kai Adara’s ears. He tried to clear some space, but he was getting snowed under. He stood away from his desk, despairing at how his life had panned out. The door into his office opened.

‘I’m not cut out for this. I’m a field kind of guy, not some pen pusher!’ Kai nearly snapped, his American accent coming through.

‘Kai, this is to give you time to recover. You aren’t strong enough to go back. This is for your own good.’ The guy that had come into the office nearly hissed at him.

‘My own good? I’m barely able to see the trees in this forest. I need to get out there. It can give me a chance to find my kids!’

‘Kai, your wife took your kids because you’re not capable of looking after them! The sooner you accept they’re staying gone, the better.’

‘I won’t give up on them! They are my life!’

‘Not anymore! They’re in the UK and have been since your youngest was two! They don’t need you!’

A knock gently raps against the door.

‘What?’ Kai nearly snapped.

‘Kai, you have a visitor.’ The receptionist was wary.

The receptionist disappeared. A woman in her late twenties walked into the room, facing both men.

‘Can I help you?’ Kai asked.

‘Hello, Dad.’ The woman smiled a little, a British accent breaking Kai’s focus.

‘Megan?’ Kai was shocked.

‘Did you really think I’d forget?’ Megan raised an eyebrow.

Megan took in Kai’s colleague.

‘Could you give us a minute?’ Kai asked.

Kai’s colleague left the office, shutting the door on his way out.

‘It’s been too long.’ Kai grinned, unable to shake it off.

‘Dad, this isn’t a social visit, I’m afraid. I don’t really know how to tell you this.’

Kai guided Megan to take a seat.

‘Just tell me what’s on your mind.’

‘Um, I’m actually in the States on business. Dad, they want to bring you back in to work the field. They’re back and they had tracked us down. Dad, they killed Mum and they took Jeb.’

Kai stared at her in shock. Megan tried to hold her emotions in, but she was struggling. Kai moved his chair closer to her and held her close.

‘It’s alright. I’ve got you. I promise we’ll sort this and I’ll keep you safe.’

‘They made me watch them butcher her, Dad. They raped her and chopped her into pieces. They were gonna start on me, but Jeb got in the way and got me out the house. I just ran until I got to the airport. I got onto a plane and came here as soon as I could.’

‘You’re safe now. We’ll get Jeb back together.’

Kai held Megan close, trying to keep his own emotions away from the surface. Both of them held tight to each other, fear of the future tearing into their hearts.

Short Story: We Meet Again

Lizzy Reading sat in St George hospital. The bed next to her chair was occupied by a man in his thirties. He was plugged in and was checked up on regularly. Lizzy held his right hand in hers, unsure what to do. The man watched her, taking in her appearance.

‘I’m sorry. I should have done more to keep you safe.’ The man’s voice was hoarse.

‘It’s not your fault, Neil. Our family was crooked and we got caught in the middle. We’re both still here.’ Lizzy looked him in the eye.

‘You’ve really grown up, haven’t you?’

‘Well I was seventeen when you died.’

‘I shouldn’t have put you through that. I should have taken you with me, kept you safe.’

‘And let Dad rule Locksford with his drugs? No thanks. The family needed to be stopped.’

‘Almost forgot how stubborn you are.’

‘Learned from the best, didn’t I bro?’

‘Yeah, I asked for that. So you were in the flat on your own?’

‘Mum persisted in checking in on me once a week. Also had money put into my account from her. I asked her about it and she said it was from her feeling guilty how we left things when you took me in. She wrote a letter explaining everything. She told me the money was from you.’

‘Couldn’t leave my baby sis to fend for herself just yet, could I?’

‘You could have tried.’

‘How long had you been at Locksford before your attempted murder?’

‘Just over a week?’

Neil and Lizzy laughed.

‘We don’t do peaceful and easy, do we?’


‘I know you won’t like me for this, but I want to call in, let them know I’m alive. I’ll get them to transfer me to Locksford to keep an eye on you. I’ll hand in my findings to add to the court case against the family.’

‘Won’t it be difficult as you’re my brother?’

‘I’ll talk to them and make sure I’m not in your line manager situation. Then it should be alright.’

‘You gonna call Tash?’


‘Tash Price? Your ex who is getting with another bloke?’

‘How do you know that?’

‘Tash is at Locksford, a DC.’

‘A DC, sounds like Tash. Must have given her a shock, you turning up at Locksford.’

‘I try my best.’

‘Did Becker try and grill you?’

‘At first, but he figured out I had no idea what was going on with my family. He talked to me and we figured out I joined the force to be like you, almost like I wanted to find out the truth about your supposed death.’

‘Our family is messed up.’

‘And I don’t think it’s done with us yet. If you join Locksford, watch out because if they don’t know you or your background, they’ll think you could have been in league with Dad.’

‘Then we’ll show them what a true Reading in the force is like.’

Neil grinned at Lizzy, both of them laughing at what was to come.