He Wasn’t Happy

He wasn’t happy.   He’d had enough of being teased by the others; always the butt of their jokes, always mocked and teased.   He got it wrong. What an idiot. What a moron. What a dummy.   They’d lived together amicably for a long time now. When they all first met they thought they’d Read More

Hypnopompia

Another 500-word submission for our creative writing group. This time, it’s a scary story theme, in honour of Halloween next week! FYI: The hypnopompic state is the part of the sleep/wake cycle when you begin to wake from your dream.

 

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September 30th

The final breath of a much appreciated rest at the mountain’s peak. A break in the clouds in the last afternoon of the working week. The dial tone after that long-delayed call to a distant friend. The visible bottom of the jar, signalling the peanut butter’s end. A single strip of green remaining for the Read More

Framing

From the top? Okay, officers.   I weren’t even anywhere near the bank at the time. Which bank? And when was this again? This morning? No, certainly not this morning. Why would I need to go to the bank so early? Nobody goes to the bank that early, especially not me. Besides, I don’t even Read More

Crossing

I have seen people crossing the river; some have reached the far bank, some began to cross a while after I started, but everyone crosses the river. For many people the river is wide, and their journey across is a long one. A few people cross where the river is narrow, and reach the other Read More

Another Life (Home is Elsewhere)

‘Hero, you are our last hope against the evils of tyranny.’ Next. ‘The forces of Dark Sorcerer Xashar have descended on our peaceful realm, murdering our village folk and sapping this land of its natural resources.’ Next. ‘Will you lend us your strength and help vanquish this villain that holds dominion over us?’ Accept. ‘Thank Read More

Two People

You’re an okay, let’s go. You’re an I’ve got to know. You’re an I want to wisen. You’re a chase that horizon. I’m a let’s take it slow. I’m a maybe and no. I’m a steadily planned it. I’m a can’t understand it. You’re a clubs and two bars. You’re a dancing on stars. You’re Read More

Imperfections

There were imperfections.

 

The eyelashes were too uniform, and a heavier grade than the hair. It shouldn’t have bothered him, but he spent so much of his time seeing them up close. The eyes, however, were perfect. Expensive. Worth every cent. The fabricated recreation was, to him, breathtaking. Breath.

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The dream of us on the hill

You’ll never know the ‘me’ I came to be – my mind, minutiae and filigree – we’ll never share a witty repartee or get to stand in solidarity.   Your being there was not a guarantee, such is the way of our reality; dependency, and then an absentee, but here we are inside my memory. Read More

Prime Numbers

Happy    living    in    ignorance.    A    strange    material    has    enveloped    the world,    cradling    and    blinding    humanity.    What    I    sadly    am    referring to    is    a    remarkable    dependence    on    technology    and    material    possessions. Girl    ignores    teacher.    Driver    ignores    pedestrian.    Baby    ignored    by    parent. We    supposedly    are    at    the    zenith,    living    with    the    assistance of    objects,    in    gratitude    and Read More

It is Dark

I thought I would have a go at a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure gimmick, using the infinitely enjoyable Microsoft PowerPoint. I stuck to the most traditional tropes of the genre; dark cave fantasy, brimming with consequence and peril. There is a way out, and the path to failure is littered with clues and advice for an eventual success (and escape!)

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Charlie’s Magical Reading Time

The prompt was “Insect, Dinosaur, Bird”. We all laughed as the random words were pulled out of the hat, and seemingly willed us to write Jurassic Park fanfiction. Having the names of three creatures put me in mind of those fun picturebooks that some children have, where you can mix-and-match the body parts of existing creatures to make myriad new freakish things. Oh, what fun could be had…

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