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Slither

Slither

I jerk awake as my cheek slips from where it rested against the palm of my hand. I’d been lulled to sleep from the sheer boredom of pouring through Uncle Monty’s haphazard notes, under the gentle rocking motion of the boat. I’m not even sure why I’m here, except that I’d received a letter from […]

Lily

Lily

Lily, the prettiest girl in this whole world, daughter of mine. Papa will go on a trip for a while, you will be alone at home. I guess you will be mad because I don’t say anything, therefore I write this letter. The moment that I first saw you, with your tiny hands and bright […]

Broccoli and Magic Unicorns

Broccoli and Magic Unicorns

‘Grandma! Grandma! There’s a BIG mystery.’ My granddaughter’s voice echoed from my computer and her excited face appeared on the screen. Behind her, my daughter laughed. ‘I said Grandma might know the answer.’ ‘I’ll try. What’s the mystery?’ ‘Coming home from the shops we saw a big piece of broccoli just sitting there. How did […]

A Fishy Tale

A Fishy Tale

It’s Murder in the Aquarium—fish are mysteriously vanishing. The Prime Suspects, a shoal of vicious tiger barbs, await exile in a bucket in the bathroom. Two die of cold—well, they had it coming. But back in the tank, another guppy is missing. Is a serial killer still lurking among the fissures of improbable coral? Who […]

Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster

The blue ceramic jar sat, the centerpiece of the dining room table, its lid nowhere to be found.  What had once been filled with heavenly pieces of gooey, chocolaty delight now contained nothing but the dusting of a few crumbs.  The signs were clear: a terrible crime had taken place. The suspects were gathered into […]

Better Left Unsaid

Better Left Unsaid

The investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Jenny Harrison was closed four months after her abandoned car was found. I, and I suspect a few others, thought it premature, but the decision was made and life resumed. Jenny was married to Henry Harrison, his family prominent since gold rush settlement. Her car was found on […]

A Dangerous Game

A Dangerous Game

I’ve played strange games since I met Lucy. Today, her feet left the ground and she was floating in the air. The light surrounding her seemed to go right through. “Ye can do it too. Jump!” she laughed and I did. That’s why I have woken up on the beach, lightheaded and not quite right. […]

Bridge Night

Bridge Night

The note taped to my apartment door said, ‘Game night, my place, 7:30 p.m. Thursday. See you then.’ It was unsigned, and I didn’t recognize the sloppy handwriting. I stared at it, imagining the possibilities. Did they forget to sign it or think I’d recognize their handwriting? Did they stick the note on the wrong […]

A Passion for Learning

A Passion for Learning

Morning, Brightleaf Plantation: Haney cleans the schoolroom – sweeping floors, scrubbing tables, washing windows. Soon she’ll rouse the children, get them dressed and fed, tell the tutor they’re ready. The other slaves are already toiling in the hot sun, but Haney is surrounded by books, maps, alphabets and sums on slates. For a minute, she […]

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