Rockets shriek overhead. The crimson explosions fight with squealing excitement from the barefoot kids lighting fuses. This celebration by the local people is my cover to cross time-zones, borders, and language barriers, all in sturdy boots. “An easy job, Liz,” Harvey had said, deep in his whiskey. “You’ll be over the border, missing client in … Continue reading Missing Persons Detective Agency
I opened the door to Number 7. Number 11 and 10 were late, as was standard for their models. Number 7 entered one after the other, smiling while frowning, and took their shoes off at the door. “Do you have inside slippers?” asked Mary. When she received a negative answer, Mary motioned to Simon to … Continue reading Re-coding
Read "Millennial Dilemma" here: Microfiction Monday This is a 100 word piece that tells the story of a cat and her person and their quest to buy a house.
Read "The Race" here: The Write-In 2020 UK-based National Flash Fiction Day ran a "write-in" on the 7th of June 2020. Over 24 hours, 24 different prompts were released, and writers encouraged to send in their 300 word piece. "The Race" was a response to Prompt 0: First Steps. Write a short flash in which … Continue reading The Race
Read "Old Friends sitting by the Fire" here: Micro Madness (scroll to June 3rd) Old Friends sitting by the Fire is a piece developed in writing class. It was originally over 600 words long. When it came time to create 100 word stories for Micro Madness, it seemed apparent that much of it was filler … Continue reading Old Friends sitting by the Fire
Read The Inish here: Flash Frontier - May 2020 edition.
We stole the cutting from Kensington Palace gardens. I kept watch. Alys knelt and cut the stem. Blind with excitement we left, our arms around each other, all evidence tucked under her Burberry coat. Over a year, we argued and reconciled until I ran for pastures green. Over a lifetime, Alys tended her garden and … Continue reading Love Blooms
Read How Long do you wait? here: fiftywordstories.com - 19th Feb 2020 Chosen as Story of the Week for the week Feb 23 2020. Called out as "excellent story" "easily capable of winning" among the finalists for Story of the Month: Feb 2020.
Early each morning Mary followed her sister Bridget to the river. Together they checked for ice. They were fire-haired waifs, with vowels that would never let them move far from the gutter. Always hungry, but they were alive. Their Ma wasn’t. That’s what Da would tell them anyways. Today, the ice had thickened and they … Continue reading The Thames Frost Fair
Their identical smiles beamed out of the photo. Abigail and Benjamin, at age three, had been blonde haired angels. The photo hadn’t shown Abi later pushing Ben in the pool - “to see if he floated”. Twenty seven years on, Ben was floating through his dialysis in a fog of despair. Abi was pushing million … Continue reading Who’s the Angel Now?