Squirrels on the Common

I often sat on the common at night, alone with my thoughts. After a hectic day, it was a perfect way to comfort body, mind and soul. Today had been hectic, the computers had crashed just after lunch launching the entire office into chaos and panic. So here I was sat on the common just … Continue reading Squirrels on the Common

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The Café

We had been off the motorway just 15 minutes when it happened. For no reason whatsoever, the car just stopped. There was fuel in the tank, but nothing when Kel turned the ignition, not even a half-hearted whirr. Kel picked up her torch and popped the bonnet. ‘Turn the ignition for me, Jess’ I turned … Continue reading The Café

The Deterrent

Every day, twice a day, I would ride past the Nightstone Work Camp. Every day, twice a day, I would be haunted by the gaunt staring faces of young men and women, old age didn’t happen in the camps. Visceral faces desperately waiting to die. Survival was pointless they would never get out. This was … Continue reading The Deterrent

Gloria’s Gift

In the rambling and over-grown garden stood a summer house. Its windows had been boarded up for years, maybe decades. It had, like everything else in the garden been long abandoned. The big house at the end of the garden, well he still lived there. Professor Trebeck was an old man now, and even more … Continue reading Gloria’s Gift

Renaissance

Two decades had passed since a mother and father had comforted each other at the bedside of their son. Only a few days earlier everything had been so different as two parents delighted in the wonder in their child’s eyes as he celebrated his fifth birthday. The uncontainable excitement as they had boarded the Earthship … Continue reading Renaissance

Hope with Honours

At the Deynov Space Academy, parents of the graduating students were gathering to watch the honours ceremony. Among them, sat in the front row, were the parents of Tsori Robak. In a few short minutes, their daughter would take her place on the podium to receive her graduation documents. At just 19 Tsori would be … Continue reading Hope with Honours