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 […]

Penny Drops

It was near closing time in the castle. If they weren’t the last visitors, they at least weren’t far off. Penny was standing at the wall, looking out of one of the small cross-shaped windows. She’d had enough of imagining herself as a twelfth-century archer, and was now simply savouring the warm afterglow of Earl […]

The Onyx Ring

“Don’t move, and you won’t get hurt.” The sawn-off barrel of the shotgun waves an inch from the bald man’s face. “I’m sure we can come to some arrangement,” he says, smiling. “Just give me the money,” the man shouts. “I just want the money.” “How much money do you want?” the bald man asks. […]

Next Time, Be More Careful

The moon is full; I can feel it. I can feel the change in my legs, feel the skin ripping and tearing, the transformation beginning. The pain is almost unbearable for a few minutes as my legs change shape, my chest changes, the hair changes. My family won’t recognise me any more. Even my thoughts […]

The March Society

I’m writing this at Graham’s request, although not necessarily just for his consumption. Unlike him, I’m not a journalist so I don’t really know how this should work. After all, I only worked in the copy department. Graham started as the music critic some ten years ago, when I was working there in the IT […]