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The Delusion

The Delusion

The sun slowly melted away into the clouds, expelling gold rays of light into the sea. It twinkled bright, coloring the rippling waves with grandeur and profound beauty. The shimmers joyfully skipped from wave to wave, infecting the waters with a golden gleam. It was a sight to behold. Ships of wood and steel floating […]

Sun Cursed

Sun Cursed

Bones snapped as I stretched, the glow radiating from my body glittering in the moonlight before receding beneath my skin. I winced as I moved, the remaining pains of change crackling through my joints before gradually ebbing away. I’d never gotten used to it. It’d been ninety years since I was cursed. Ninety years I’d […]

Aqua Regia

Aqua Regia

Rumour has it they were pulling teeth from the dead and the living. Birkenau crematoria became goldfields. Fillings, melted down, were reverted into bullion to fund the Third Reich. So, when Copenhagen chemist George de Hevesy was entrusted with the medal, he used reverse alchemy to keep it hidden. The solution: aqua regia, a mixture […]

Fools Gold

Fools Gold

He watched her walk down the aisle and wondered why brides didn’t dress in gold, why she wasn’t clad in the color that reflected how truly precious she was. He pictured the years passing–family barbeques, vacations, births, holidays. She’d shimmer, glitter, enamor him at each. Their lifelong connection would be fully established today, in only […]

Going for Gold

Going for Gold

I submerge my pan in a Californian stream, sieving silt and stones for my haul of nuggets. In my scuba diving suit I plumb the depths of Lake Toplitz, daring to descend 300 feet to return with Nazi gold. I sail my galleon in Blackbeard’s Caribbean realm to dig up pirate treasure. Defying the Pharoah’s […]

Monday (1)

Monday (1)

She surveyed the cluttered room; the sunlight spilling dusty rays of light over shelves of books that lay haphazardly shoved into place and left unread for years. She instantly regretted agreeing to this meeting and fiddled impatiently with a loose thread on her jumper, counting the minutes until she could run outside and breathe again. […]

The Lucky Swede

The Lucky Swede

“Did you know that Charles Anderson, the old man who’s pushing a wheelbarrow for $3.25 a day at the sawmill once was a successful gold digger? They say that he woke up one morning in Klondike in 1894 only to discover that he had bought a worthless claim for $800. He had been drunk and […]

The Winner

The Winner

He had won the Olympics! He had run 100 meters faster than everybody else! When he climbed the podium and received the gold medal, the crowd was cheering and his mother couldn’t hold her tears back. In the evening, it was difficult to relax and go to sleep. A movie kept playing in his head […]

Sweet Inheritance

Sweet Inheritance

‘Montgomery’s Sweet Emporium’ Warmth and pride filled me as I stared at the sign. Now all this was mine. Memories flooded in at the tinkle of the doorbell. Dust coated everything, the labelled jars dull and dowdy. I leaned close to read one. ‘Spirit Pops’. I smiled. Uncle Monty said they were imbued with spirits […]

Lost

Lost

He had given it to her on a day full of promises, but Penny had lost it. She wasn’t sure when. Once before she thought it had gone, but a search had found it glimmering in a dark place. Tarnished and dull, she had brought it back to life with some care and attention. Not […]

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