Category: Fiction

A Sense of Being

A Sense of Being

There are many ways that one can define home, but to me it doesn’t denote bricks and mortar. To me, home is any place, or person, that gives you a sense of being… well, home. And this is such a place. The scent of newly cut grass floats on the air from the nearby golf […]

Too Soon

Too Soon

She elbows the latch of her garden gate, passes through, and pushes her back against it, closing off the world outside. Only then does she allow herself a large intake of breath, filling her lungs with air that is hers. “Do come,” they had said, “It’ll be alright. Things are opening up now, and you […]

Endure and Sing

Endure and Sing

Once upon a time, there was a little rat. His fur was the color of dust and his nose was always twitching from excitement. While the rest of his neighboring animals were graceful and pretty, his looks caused fear, especially with that red scar across his face. However, what he lacked in appearance, he made […]

Not a Replacement

Not a Replacement

Mari knew enough to be horrified by the little beast sitting oh-so-innocently in the gift box. Her hands, moments away from diving into the package, retreated hastily under the protective shelter of her arms, the motion like that of a turtle withdrawing into its shell. It was a natural reaction; the idea of pets terrified […]

Only Time Will Tell

Only Time Will Tell

The radar’s bright, blinking dot was becoming brighter and blinkier. It’s close. The chasing T-Rex violently roared. Suddenly, the radar vibrated and wailed. There! Crouching down, the man pushed a pebble until the radar blinked: Timeline Balanced. “Take me to July 24th, 2020.” T-Rex lunged with its snapping jaw, but he was gone. Opening his […]

Baptism

Baptism

‘At first it was slow. I noticed, in those moments when we shared the daily cryptic, her mouth would droop, she would stop speaking mid-sentence for a few seconds.’ I shuffle in my seat. ‘Over time the illness quickened,’ like a black fog rolling under a door, or a mind filling with ants. They sit […]

A Game in the Dark

A Game in the Dark

Samuel woke up in the hall, but he didn’t think much of it; he sleepwalked every other day. He looked out his peephole first, as per his usual routine. Instead of seeing Sarah heading for her run, he saw her crying form surrounded by police officers.    Half an hour later, he was in trial for […]

Commitment

Commitment

Decades ago, a university friend I hadn’t seen for five years appeared while I sat outside my neighbourhood pub enjoying a solitary after-work beer. “I always admired the way you ignored everyone and followed your muse,” Susan said after a brief hello, how are you. I stared, bewildered. Since high school, I’d lived in fear […]

Love In Waiting

Love In Waiting

Rachel Rachel checked her phone again. John would be here any minute. The pair had met on Tinder four months earlier. Under normal circumstances, this would be a first date like any other. A match, followed by some flirty messages that would eventually lead to coffee or drinks at a local spot. Not this time. […]

Alma in the Clover

Alma in the Clover

Sitting quietly on the dusty ground, Alma explored the clear green tufts of clover with her bony fingers. She picked a stalk and placed the three leaves carefully on the three remaining fingernails of her left hand, hiding the crusts of dirt and dried blood. If she squinted, it looked like she was wearing green […]

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