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 […]

Walking Home

I’m sick today. Not life-threateningly sick, just bad enough that I didn’t even want to get out of bed. So here is the story I wrote for the Story Guide podcast. If you want the “behind the scenes” on this one, you’ll just have to listen to the original episode, I’m afraid… It’s a hot […]

Chum

“What are these big fishes daddy?” The man followed the girl’s finger and looked at the board next to the tank. “They’re a kind of shark, darling, I think.” “What kind of shark?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “This one only tells us about rays – those big fishes that look like kites.” “Oh,” the […]

Disappeared

The screen door opened before the sheriff’s foot even hit the floor. Somewhere in the house, a dog barked. “Sheriff Nicholls,” Mrs Trotter nodded. She was thin, sunburned lines etched into her face. “Good afternoon Mrs Trotter.” He made a small wave with one hand and got out of the car. “What can I do […]

Our World

The nurse at the emergency room reception heard a woman grunt at her and looked up from the keyboard. “Can I help you?” she asked. “Helen Styles,” the woman said. “I believe you brought in my husband, Tom Styles?” “Let me look,” the nurse replied, and searched on the computer. Helen tutted, shifting her bag […]

Ginger

You know how you’re walking down the street one day, and you spot something. Not something big, like a road accident, or a bank robbery, but just something small. Just one of those niggles that, while it doesn’t make things better, it doesn’t really make things that much worse. A broken piece of pavement you […]

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 […]

Nicola’s Neighbour

Ben parked the van outside the apartment block and looked at his watch. “Two hours and a half,” he said. “Not too bad for packing your entire life into a van.” Nicola adjusted her woolly hat and shook her head. “Can’t believe I’ve left that old place though.” “Well, at least you own this one.” […]

Last Drawer On The Right

I sat down on the old cracked leather sofa, thinking. This house is mine, now. After all this time. I came here as a kid, played here, spent my first Christmas gurgling and laughing on the very floor I’m staring at. When I was eight I ate too many Easter eggs and had to spend […]

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 […]