Tag: 2021-Flash-02

Out of the Pits

Out of the Pits

‘I want a nectarine tree.’ I stifled a chuckle. My young grandson sighed longingly. My son shrugged. ‘We bought nectarines and now he says he wants his own tree.’ Oliver was staying with his dad for the school holidays. His mother lived interstate. New husband. New baby. She’d moved on. My son still struggled. Light […]

Little Blue Chef

Little Blue Chef

Ron stirs the bubbly mixture, savoring the scents of coffee and chocolate. He grins, imagining the joy on her face. Suzie the pharmacist has told him many times about the mocha balls served at her long-ago wedding. Ron always heard longing and loneliness in her voice, so he experiments until he has the concoction just […]

Inspired to Write

Inspired to Write

The sound of his teacher’s voice droned in Jack’s ears. Today the class was learning about writing. Jack hated writing more than any other subject. He could never find a topic that interested him. His mind started floating somewhere else, beyond the classroom. In seconds he was in a dark, damp castle. Sounds from the […]

Ladybug

Ladybug

A noise woke me up. Unlike the usual whine, this was a buzzing. I got up and bumped into my unfinished book. I reached for the window. The summer air was fresh. In the moonlight an insect flew around. ‘A ladybug at night?’ I thought. It slipped under my hand. It felt watery when I […]

Launch

Launch

“Ten, nine, eight…” The countdown crackled over the speakers and grated against Mary’s ears. Her heart pounded in her head, competing against the countdown for Mary’s attention and supremacy over all other sounds. The seat belt bit into her padded suit, pressing her back against the seat. She stared up through the visor on her […]

The Muse

The Muse

The brush was ruined. It lay on the table – paint, red as blood, dry as bone, adhered to its bristles. In contrast the canvas lay bare, insufferable in its nakedness. Sarah cast her eyes around her studio. Frames and canvasses were stacked, paints arranged, brushes ready. There were no reasons, no excuses to delay […]

Inspirational Threat

Inspirational Threat

The message rolled out in an orchestrated wave that rose with the sun in cities around the world. It appeared on highway billboards, on hoardings beside city streets, in newspapers, and on radio and TV. Online news sources carried the story, as did the Twittersphere and other social media channels. The message to worldwide governments […]

My Man of the Hood

My Man of the Hood

I watch him from the sidelines, my leader of men. He walks through the camp, touching a shoulder here, bending to better hear a conversation there. He looks over to me and winks, smiling that special smile he saves just for me. He’s so gentle here, among his people. It’s hard to believe that he’s […]

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