Flash fiction: Last drinks in Dunedoo

While Mrs Crowther prattled on, Andra drained the last of her VB and tried to balance the glass on the balcony railing at the Dunedoo Pub. ‘Might take that from you Officer,’ said the waitress who popped up behind her. She smiled easily, as she danced between bar tables, balancing a tray of glasses at... Continue Reading →

Flash fiction: Splenda in Cuba

It was one of those imperfectly perfect evenings on the boulevard that separated crumbling Havana from the wild sea beyond. The sun was reluctantly shedding its heat, tempting locals to stroll outdoors. Boys in colourful Chevys called out to divas in stilettos. Smartly dressed families kept children moving with bribes of churros. Spicy aromas wafted... Continue Reading →

Flash fiction: Do Aliens Swing?

When it was first spotted, hurtling in from beyond Neptune, astronomers had mistaken the alien’s ship for a rogue comet — easily done. It was massive, rocky and appeared to be trailing a gassy ice plume. Then Prof Clarke, from Mount Stromlo Observatory, pointed out that it was coming in exceptionally fast for a comet... Continue Reading →

Flash fiction: Nymph

A fox killed the chicken yesterday. Probably for brunch. When I finally had a moment alone in the shower, after a harrowing morning of work emails, school lunches, negotiating a truce in the war between our dogs, and hanging washing out before the onset of rain, nature’s furry assassin crept into our garden. It tore... Continue Reading →

Micro fiction: Aloha

General Harper struggled to contain herself. Outside her tent everyone was in close proximity, listening for her next command, speculating on her meeting and hustling to prepare for tough times ahead. Inside, with him, all had to be quiet. No place for loud memories of their past. Strong actions that had kissed away some hurts... Continue Reading →

Micro fiction: Uninvited

The acolytes raced up the Keep's stairs, eager to celebrate their Queen's unexpected return. All duty forgotten. All posts abandoned. Lights carelessly extinguished. When the dark veil returned to the building, a solitary figure was able to creep in unobserved. Moving with unholy grace, leaving neither mark nor echo, the Keep's final visitor scaled the... Continue Reading →

Micro fiction: Loss

She closed the boys’ door behind her and collapsed back against its Old Earth oak panels. When she remembered his harsh accusations, her breath caught in her throat and tears threatened to overspill her lashes. She was on the verge of surrendering to her old grief. How little he knows about the truth of life,... Continue Reading →

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