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Oak Tree

Oak Tree

Charlie!! The high-pitched voice rang loud above the children’s laughter. Miss Sutton is at the end of her tether. In 30 years of teaching, she’s never had a pupil quite like Charlie – even moving him next to her at the front of the class made no difference. His eyes never left the lone oak […]

Dorotea

Dorotea

Luisa hefted Chan up on her hip again and sighed. Everyone else had cleared out days before except this single mother, who had never owned a vehicle, and her small child. Their neighbors had packed everything into their cars and driven away, tires screeching, with no extra room available. The threat of the world’s most […]

The Price of Love

The Price of Love

Flight is a miraculous thing. The sun warms your back, and you can feel the wisps of clouds through your fingers. The landscape below is a simple wash of color, devoid of any distinctive features. There is only the lush green of land, and the calm blue of water. If you fly closer, you can […]

A Story of Wings

A Story of Wings

“Tell me a dragon story,” she pleaded. “Give me something else, another character,” he replied as a thoughtful shade covered his eyes. She could feel the web of characters already forming in his mind. “A dragonfly,” she quickly uttered. This made him smile. “Once upon a time, there was a dragon, very powerful and brave […]

Teacher

Teacher

Before Teacher came, everyone felt sorry for me. Poor Lucinda, the cripple. My brothers were always running and playing – no time for me. I spent the days dreaming. When the boys climbed the huge apple tree, I imagined them falling slowly from the highest branch, screaming for help. I sent two hawks to save […]

A Second Quack At Life

A Second Quack At Life

“Oh mother!” Puddles exclaimed, surveying his heavenly surroundings.  “This is not good.” “Quuuaaaak!” He shrieked, jumping in shock, as a flustered duck abruptly appeared beside him. “I’m L-Lucky,” said the duck, attempting to swiftly regain her composure. Puddles looked her in the eye. “Erm… Unfortunately I think you might be somewhat mistaken,” he said, indicating […]

Not Only My Own

Not Only My Own

Dried grass, mud, bark, and twigs filled the corner of the ledge just above the doorway. All day, I watched her build her home. I sat clicking my pen at the dining table, with its clear view of this determined, architectural endeavour. One misshapen twig. Dear Grandma, you were the one I wanted to tell […]

The Departure

The Departure

“I’ll be leaving for the airport soon.”“Ok. I’ll see you when you’re back.”“Keith, should I reschedule my flight? At least it’s two days before the time. Are you sure you don’t want to come? I can…”“No. Don’t worry. You can go. I‘ll just finish all I need to do.”“But, she’s your daughter as well as […]

Noah and the Angel

Noah and the Angel

Noah was a quiet boy who rarely initiated conversation. His parents worried, but he was polite, always replying to questions, and the many doctors they had consulted over his five years of life, had given him a clean bill of health. His Grandma called him a “thinker, in touch with a different world.” When his […]

Mongo and the Wise Man

Mongo and the Wise Man

Mongo asked the wise man, “Where are my wings?” The wise man replied, “First you must attend to that bag of sorrow you drag around.” Mongo went back to the Path to ponder. Sure enough, he looked behind him and discovered a huge, lumpy sack filled with grief and guilt, regrets and misery, tied firmly […]

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