Zero Nine

The clouds lifted a little, and the sun peeped out. Henry and Harriet, snuggling together on the sofa, didn’t notice. Moira continued her knitting. Graeme put down his book and looked up. “It seems to have finally got sunny out there,” he said. “Shall we take those dogs of yours out now?” “All right,” Moira […]

Your Death, Foretold

Michael put the knife and fork down on his plate and looked over the table. Sally was already on her phone, texting. “Is she coming?” he asked. “Yep,” she replied. “Going to be late, though.” “Well, so long as you know where you’re going to meet her.” He stood up, took the plates and placed […]

Xenon

XENON “You put our money into what?” “Xenon,” John replied, grinning, wiping his hand on his paint stained overalls. “What, exactly is xenon? Don’t they make photocopiers?” “It’s a gas,” John said. “Not a photocopier maker.” Shannon sighed, turned round and took off her coat. It was enough to deal with having to try to […]

The Woman In The Water

“It’s hot today,” Megan said. “Hmm,” Eric managed to say, the melting ice cream occupying most of his attention. “It’s quite nice, really.” “You only like hot weather,” she replied. “I’m sure you were a lizard in a former life.” He took his attention away from the ice cream and flicked his tongue at Megan, […]

Veronica

Mitch first saw her at the hotel bar. She was a little shorter than him, maybe early twenties, short bobbed dyed blond hair, miniskirt, black high heels and legs that brought out the animal in him. Hello, he thought, the wife’s away, and when the cat’s away, the mice will play, right? He summoned the […]

Underground Supporters

Max’s watch pinged, and the screen of his phone lit up. He groggily reached over and held up the phone to look at the screen. MAIL: 1m ago Government Social Media Team Dear Max, It is our sad duty to report that this month your grade has dropped one level to grade D. This is […]

Trees Looking At Me

“The trees are looking at me again,” Kyra said, playing with her hair. “They do that, mummy, when they think you’re not looking.” “Don’t be silly,” her mother said. “If I hear you say that again, I’ll have to be cross with you. Now go and play with your dolls.” “I can’t,” she sighed, still […]

She And Him

I looked down at the chopping board. There was a cucumber half sliced, and I was holding the knife in my hand. Not that it looked like my hand. I think. “Shaun?” someone behind me said. “Are you all right? Did you get an electric shock off that?” I turned round. She was a middle-aged, […]

Road To Back Home

“Has everyone got everything?” Victoria asked. “Yes mum,” Beverly groaned. “Kevin, have you got your iPod?” she asked the boy coming down the stairs. Kevin, holding his passport between his teeth, just nodded. “Frank?” she shouted in the general direction of the kitchen. “I’m coming,” came a yell from upstairs. “I’m just changing the ink […]

The Quick Brown Fox

The paper jutted halfway out of the typewriter, four words black in the moon light: THE QUICK BROWN FOX At least this time, Daniel thought, he had managed four of his own words. He sat there, in the gloom, looking at it. The sleek grey metal body looked darker in the moonlight, and the white […]