Running Through Still Waters

By Christopher Tiller

General fiction | eBook


Sam Morgan is a typical eleven year old, until his mother Jennifer’s breakdown. His world changes when she comes out of hospital and he is confronted by a stranger. That’s when she starts drinking, when the shouting turns to slaps. That’s when she meets Billy, the latest stepfather, a man with a hidden agenda Sam is forced to share as the alcohol fuelled arguing between them intensifies. At the age of thirteen, along with his younger sister, Megan, Sam is moved across the city to start a new life without Billy. Sam discovers a new friend in Michael, the man across the street, and a place to escape his mother’s drunken moods, but the secret he shared comes back to haunt him. Through his own actions, a tragic accident shakes Sam to the core, leaving him guilt ridden and more isolated than before. Learning the truth about his mother’s past and confused over his sexuality, life no longer makes sense. Sam begins to come apart, sending him on a journey in search of the ‘real’ father who left him behind. His journey leads him to Ben, a troubled teen with his own story to tell, and a dark impermissible place Sam has already tasted.


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Sam Morgan is a typical eleven year old, until his mother Jennifer’s breakdown. His world changes when she comes out of hospital and he is confronted by a stranger. That’s when she starts drinking, when the shouting turns to slaps. That’s when she meets Billy, the latest stepfather, a man with a hidden agenda Sam is forced to share as the alcohol fuelled arguing between them intensifies. At the age of thirteen, along with his younger sister, Megan, Sam is moved across the city to start a new life without Billy. Sam discovers a new friend in Michael, the man across the street, and a place to escape his mother’s drunken moods, but the secret he shared comes back to haunt him. Through his own actions, a tragic accident shakes Sam to the core, leaving him guilt ridden and more isolated...


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Christopher Tiller is the author of Running Through Still Waters, The Mouse Hunter and Second City Storm. Having attained a Master’s degree for creative writing, Chris has achieved publication of several short stories, including a memoir and poems in collected works. One being published in The National Academy of Writing’s anthology.



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