Category: Fiction

E.E. Cummings by Rick White

The tension really began to peak around Strensham Services, just off the M5. Daniel had been getting increasingly anxious about visiting his father for weeks, but up to this point he’d had the good grace to bear it in silence. Daniel didn’t like to make a fuss (or so he vehemently protested) so whenever something

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Conkers by Laurence Edmondson

It was the autumn of 1996. The rust-crowned sycamores and horse chestnuts of Thornton-in-Craven were bathed in a thick morning mist. A light frost kissed the windowpanes of the old houses and bungalows, and the sheep of the surrounding farmland shuffled invisibly about the damp, sloping fields. Behind the woods to the north of the

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Bakersfield by Vanessa Bernice De La Cruz

The sunflowers were blooming somewhere far away and Belen sat in Tacos Mexico fantasizing about quitting her job. Again. Angel was in the bathroom. They were waiting for their food. Outside it sprinkled and someone was talking about dust storms. They were far from LA. Ok. Not too far. Maybe two hours. But the mountains

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I Came To Disappear by Barry Marshall

In the darkness, your hands outstretched before you, you are falling through eternity. Focus. Deep breath and hold. Release. Focus. You are perfectly alone and alone is perfect. The comforting veil of darkness becomes scratched with pinpricks of light. Soon the images will come. Focus. A shrill cry of surprise. He drowsily unfurled his hands

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Encouragement by Harrison Kim

Jackson flows around the streets in a long black cloak that edges right down to his feet. His halo of black and grey hair holds up a dark cowl. At every corner he crawls on his knees and sweeps up the dirt and litter with his bare hands and drops it in a bag he

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Artist Folly by Tammy Breitweiser

The latest fight started over bananas. I like to keep brown bananas in the freezer for the banana bread I never get around to baking. Who knew the yellow fruit would be controversial? In the beginning of romance nuances are regarded as “no big deal” when you are enamoured with his perfection. This is the

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Julian’s Wings by John Simes

Julian was waiting. He liked to be early. He worried about being late. Then he would be worried because he was early and nobody else had come yet. Then he would think he had got the date wrong. Then he would hunt about for his ticket. This was because he had forgotten that I had

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Scent By Sophie Renouf

Kate says they need to get out of London. Judy is told to pack a sensible bag and be ready to go in the morning. She knows it’s something to do with Dad. With getting away from Dad. She packs two pairs of trousers, two pairs of socks, two t-shirts, one jumper. She packs deodorant

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The Reflection Room By Angela Wipperman

Welcome to the reflection room. You should know, firstly, that you are dead. This may come as a shock or as no surprise at all, but either way it is how things are. There is no going back. People often start to worry at this point, but there is no need: there is no God,

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When We Are Both Rocks By M. Ocampo McIvor

Hey. You nodded and smiled as you walked past me. I smiled back, barely, and resumed ignoring you. We weren’t friends. Not yet. My friends and I were rowdy, boy-crazy college girls, bored and looking for trouble. I had a boyfriend that summer. We’d hang out in the parking lot of my apartment and make

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