Tag: 2021-Micro-03

Naming

Naming

Denis and Katya fell asleep wondering about the old man. “Who is he? What is his name?” They woke suddenly, to six blood-red eyes. “Shhh,” Denis warned. Katya couldn’t breathe. The wolves were poised to spring. Then something huge and shaggy reared up, silhouetted by firelight. A fearsome growl shook the forest. The wolves scattered, […]

I, Henry

I, Henry

I looked critically at the carpet, shaking my head. “You know, the Henry just isn’t up to the snuff anymore. Perhaps we need a different vacuum cleaner.” A heavy sigh emanated from the under-stairs cupboard. Was one of the cats in there? A glance told me not. “What about a Dyson? They’re supposed to be […]

Turning Point

Turning Point

He’d been my hero ever since school, not because he was smart, more for the rebellious streak that ran through him.  Having him as a friend felt like a gift but one that didn’t come without risk. Truancy and petty shop lifting would inevitably bring us to the attention of local gangs looking to recruit.  […]

Unwanted

Unwanted

“Sam, Jesse, pick your teams!” bellowed Mr Cook. James hoped with everything in him that maybe this time one of them would pick him. He hated being picked last every time. James was never good in sport and was at the bottom of the social rank… definitely not an obvious choice for either team. He […]

Escape to Paradise

Escape to Paradise

It’s been a long year. Yesterday we finally went through the front door, stepped into the car and drove for a while. At the other end we stepped out… and found ourselves in a different world – a Paradise. I basked in the warmth of the sunshine, bending to look at the wildflowers as we […]

Lighting His Fire

Lighting His Fire

When my darling Sven was on a six-month overseas assignment, I starved myself into a perfect ten, changed my hair from mousy brown to dark gold, traded my thick glasses for contacts. Once he gets over the shock, I’m sure he’ll propose at last! Now I’ve finally wangled him into a quiet corner, where he […]

The Emergency Room

The Emergency Room

The emergency room was packed with poverty-stricken people. Those too weak to sit were lying across the benches. A child was playing carelessly on the floor. The musty smell in the air was choking me. A woman climbed through the burglar bars to get into the hospital room, hoping to be helped faster. Coughing and […]

My Name is Spyro

My Name is Spyro

I got very scared and ran until I was lost. I didn’t know which way to turn and couldn’t find my way home. I wandered the streets, but found everywhere different. I climbed fences, scaled walls and ran up the tallest tree. Home was nowhere in sight. The gritty tarmac hurt my paws. Terror-struck, I […]

The Perfect Job

The Perfect Job

When you’re different, it’s useful having a job that’s compatible with your circumstances. I can’t go out in sunlight.  No, I’m not a vampire. I always get teased about that. With my pale skin that blisters within minutes of going out in sunlight, it’s an easy assumption to make. I could cover up, but that […]

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