Killing Christmas

The soft lilt of the church bells in the distance provided my usual Sunday morning wake up call. I got out of bed, brushed my teeth, dressed slowly, made myself hot chocolate and sat in my chair in the window, looking at the frost outside. “It’s cold today, isn’t it?” she asked. I nodded. I […]

Reunion

Have you ever wanted anything so badly that it hurts? I don’t mean like when you were nine and the Care Bears were on sale and your parents wouldn’t buy you one for Christmas and you felt your life was over, I mean actual gut-wrenching sad; the kind of thing you cry every night for […]

Back (Our World, part 2)

This story is a sequel to the story Our World. It should be stand alone, but includes spoilers for the original story if you haven’t read it yet. As will happen for the remaining stories, the “behind the scenes” can be found at the end of those post… The mobile phone clattered into life, vibrating […]

Fake

From now on, I’m publishing the “Behind The Scenes” as part of the same post – you can read it at the bottom of the story. This happened ten years ago, maybe more. I was heading for the team leader role and was pretty much second in command on that – Lexi was just starting […]

Trust Me

The hypnotist leaned over the table and turned on the recorder. “Bennett Mason,” he said into the microphone. “Monday, September the 24th, seven twelve P M. Eliot Hunter, past life regression session number fourteen.” Mason’s mouth twitched into a smile as he sat back down. “What do you see, Eliot?” he asked. Hunter moaned. “Trust […]

Harold Green Is Dead

Evelyn opened the office door, and walked over to the desk. What Evelyn intended to say on opening the office door was a simple few words: “Here’s your tea, Mr Green – will there be anything else?” But Harold Green was dead. That was for sure. The bullet hole in his forehead was a bit […]

The Enemy Within

Carter woke up, blearily rubbing his eyes. He could hear the television on in the other room again. “I gotta get some better help for this,” he muttered. “Or some better sleeping pills.” He considered for a moment whether to get out of bed and turn the television off, and realised it wasn’t just the […]

Xeme

“What is that?” Frank asked, pointing. “It’s a xeme,” the bald man said. “Also known as a fork-tailed gull, or Sabine’s gull.” “Is it real?” “Stuffed, of course,” the man said. “It’s about twenty or more years old, I’m really not sure off the top of my head. Came from a retired soldier or something […]

Warrington

“Can you tell me the way to the castle?” The man behind the bar scratched at his moustache and looked at the customer doubtfully. “Why do you want to go there?” the bartender asked. “He’s a crazy old man.” “I’m a journalist,” the man said. “Paul Rossi. I’ve been asked to interview him.” The bartender […]

Marooned

“Where’s the transport, Captain?” “What?” the captain looked up from the viewfinder of her camera and looked over. Puzzled, she said “It’s not there.” “I didn’t hear it, did you?” “No, Private, I didn’t.” They looked at each other for a moment. “So… what do we do now?”