Chester Tan: The Untold Story of the Sergeant Major!

Seemingly, I was levitating. My feet lifted off the ground as my partially debilitated physique pursued a quasi-tranquilised floating manoeuvre forwards, into what everyone would cautiously but not surely call a void, as if the world had heated up so much that it evaporated in the time it had taken me to lose some of

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Sian Evans: All Aboard!

“Get out of the way. Move it.  Doctor!  I need a doctor.  Over here, quickly!” The burly sergeant carried the prone body over his shoulder as he raced down the white tiled corridor.  The slap slap of his army-issue boots on the parquet floor parroting deadmancomingdeadmancomingdeadmancoming echoing and fading.  Echo and fade, echo and fade,

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Sally-Anne Wilkinson: Flying!

Eva side-stepped the cowpat on the muddy path, feeling the warmth of the sun as it penetrated through the cold of the morning.  In the distance blackbirds trilled, but instead of watching them sweep by as she usually would, she kept her eyes firmly on the path in front of her.  She didn’t have long

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Darren Lee: Barbecue at Evil Mountain!

It was only the third annual company barbecue, but already it had become a high point in the social calendar for the employees of Evil Mountain. The preparations began months in advance, ensuring that a vibrant buzz of anticipation echoed through the miles of subterranean corridors hollowed out from the rock; the research labs had

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Amber Hart: {Our Recovery}

Trey and I were in a family therapy session at Recovery Village. Somewhere along the way I had turned it into a Marcus Meltdown. I hadn’t intended to hijack my brother’s session. I’d even apologized to the therapist for blubbering on. Of course, being the trained professional that Greg was, he raised his eyebrows into

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Peter Hurtgen: Incident at the Bottom of a Mine

After what seems like an eternity trapped at the bottom of a mine, 300 feet below the surface, your leg crushed under a rock, without water, without light, without any sense of time, without companionship, without hope—soot clayed in your mouth, blood clotted in your ears, tears streaked down your blackened face—an otherworldly calm comes

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Jessica Gregory: “A Quiet One”

Scuffing soles on the damp tarmac and how it glistens in the orange street light; mists of expelled breath in the crisp, cold air; the screams of foxes; an uneasy footing; a stumble that lasts forever till it’s all knees, and grazed hands, and a snigger of acceptance. Little hands tapping his back; gasping, relentless

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Steve Ward: The Stain

There is a coffee stain on the counter top. It pleads for the over weight and probably under sexed waitress to bring her sorry little rag and scrub at it vigorously. Of course, if she did I would have nothing. There would be nothing to focus on and I would be alone in the outer

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Rowena Macdonald: Live Meat and Freedom

The idea came to her when she was in the water: she could just carry on swimming. It was only a mile to the mainland. Once there she could nick some clothes from a washing line and hitch all the way to Dad’s cottage and that’d be it: she’d have escaped. There were various problems:

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Juliet Hill: Property is Theft

It was the quietest night so far. Kate had first noticed the growing silence a few months earlier when the majority had already gone. Of course she could still hear the noise of the city, she was in the middle of London after all, but it seemed more remote somehow, as if she was hearing

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