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 […]

Behind The Scenes: Marooned

This is the “Behind The Scenes” post for the story “Marooned“. Please feel free to read that first, if you want to avoid spoilers… This is the first story of the second half, and I wanted to open with something a bit different. I’d had the idea for this story in my head for a […]

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?”

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 […]

Behind The Scenes: Xenon

This is the “Behind The Scenes” post for the short story “Xenon”. To avoid spoilers, please read the original story first. Of course the name came first. I’ve been doing them in alphabetical order all year, so naturally the name came first. Instead of the idea coming to me through inspiration, it came to me […]

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 […]

Behind The Scenes: The Woman In The Water

This is the “Behind The Scenes” post for “The Woman In The Water“. Please read the original story first to avoid spoilers. This story was the first idea that I had and tried to write for this year of short stories. For some reason, it wouldn’t come then, and it wouldn’t come a few weeks […]

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, […]