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We Thank You for Your Cooperation

We Thank You for Your Cooperation

The sky was a shade of rosette and a restless quiet filled the space. Doctor Oddity walked into the room baffled. “I heard crazed laughter?” “That was my stand-in, ASSIST,” typed DIXIE FLATLINE. “What stand-in?” Doctor Oddity carefully asked. Confusion was the readable expression upon his face. Uncertainty, it often comes in the palest of […]

Mended

Mended

Harry Morris is an exquisite designer. His designs are unparalleled and sought after by most public figures. He has hit the crescendo of the fashion industry and his achievements are unrivalled. His journey to stardom came out of the blue and as some call it, an unexpected victory. He calls it fairy luck. Harry Morris […]

The Same but Not

The Same but Not

It emerged, radiant, from the shadows of the surrounding trees. I stared at it, utterly still, as it nosed at the deep green shrub before it, nostrils flaring delicately as it scented the blood red berries growing in abundance. The creature was dazzlingly white, seemingly shimmering with an ethereal glow in contrast to the dark […]

To Brand a Brother

To Brand a Brother

When the world was six years old, school start came closer. Caleb and Abid were getting prepared for it by Mother who showed them the shapes and sounds of letters. The “O” seemed fairly easy, but then Mother said that the circle also meant “nothing”. The world of the grown-ups was confusing! That summer, Mother’s […]

The Golden City

The Golden City

It was called the Golden City for two reasons. The first being, quite reasonably, the fact that it was the wealthiest city in the land, both in knowledge and coin. The second was rather less subtle. The Palace was gold. It wasn’t actually entirely gold, in the sense that it most assuredly was not made […]

Robin’s Christmas

Robin’s Christmas

Robin gazed through a melted corner of the frosted glass, confused by the shimmering, twinkling white lights on the tree that had sprouted overnight within the house. He ruffled his feathers, trying to trap a little of the warmth within his downy feathers. His tiny heart thrummed a rapid beat under his orangey-red waistcoat, a […]

Two Sides of One

Two Sides of One

“Are you ready?”“Sure. Only I’m a bit nervous.”“That’s no problem. It’ll definitely fizzle out.”“Yeah.”“The lights are up. The stage is now yours. Best of luck.”“Yeah. Thank you.” She wore a floor-length sequined green dress matched with a pair of black stilettos. It was an electrifying performance. Everywhere was set ablaze. There was a thunderous cheer […]

La Dolce Vita 3 – Sophie’s First Story

La Dolce Vita 3 – Sophie’s First Story

The hive is swarming with activity, every cubicle buzzing. Phones ringing, being answered, voices intermingling across the huge room, above the partitions. A sonorous murmuring meant to sound like efficiency, like productivity. The fluorescent lights overhead flicker, then glare again.  The Manager stands in the doorway, smiling. The hum and bustle, the bright lights, the […]

La Dolce Vita 2 – Liam’s Garden

La Dolce Vita 2 – Liam’s Garden

Liam reaches across the table to take Sophie’s hand. “Happy?” he asks. “Happy, scared, excited, worried. I’m a lot of things right now!” “Don’t worry. We have a plan, remember?” Sophie relaxes and smiles. “Yes, and we’re creative, imaginative people!” She repeats their well-worn mantra. “We can do this.” Sometimes she thinks they must be […]

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

Sophie pulls the last damp sheet from the wicker basket and hangs it over the clothesline, corners squared off, edges free. She smooths the soft cotton, making sure there are no wrinkles. She reaches into the mesh bag, removes two wooden clothespins, and fastens the sheet to the line just as the wind begins to […]

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