Fool’s Errand

***SHORT STORY*** *** There wasn’t anything to see. Not even a crack of light and it was cruelly hot. The smell of decay was sickening the back of her throat. Heavy and cloying in its dense sweetness. She felt like a nesting bird, sweltering on the matted filth. But she had no choice and it … More Fool’s Errand

Planting Oakes

***SHORT STORY*** *** “I’ve decided to plant Oakes.” “What?” I peel my face off the section of the Sunday papers I’ve fallen asleep on. Bill, down the phone, tugging at my apron strings. “Did you get my message?” “No. I was just drifting off.” “Oh sorry. Didn’t mean to wake you.” The politeness that always … More Planting Oakes

Save it for later

***SHORT STORY*** *** He summons me again. I drop everything. It’s six months since I’ve seen him. Nothing is consistent or to be relied upon. I think we will never get bored of one another (and anyway he’ll die young, with his habits). So I always feel like we’re living on borrowed time. And the … More Save it for later


*** SCENE SETTING EXERCISE*** ***   By morning, the snow had banked up against the windows casting the living quarters in gloom. The small glass pane in the front door, which had been periodically scraped, was now the only hint at the world beyond. Even the storage shed, a few metres outside, couldn’t be discerned … More Outpost


***SCENE SETTING EXERCISE*** *** The door swung shut behind me swapping the cold air and traffic sounds from the street for All Bar One’s heat and shiny merriment. Thursday night is apparently the new Friday night and society accepts that it’s totally fine to get hammered on a school night. Many of the drinkers were … More Thursday