We approach the checkpoint. The rain hasn’t let up all day and the road is more akin to a river. Muddy brown water flows over the tops of our shoes as it gurgles down hill. We’re trying hard to hold our hoods in place, but the icy wind snaps at our fingers, freezing them down […]

“There’s a hierarchy, kid,” I remember my dad telling me as he cleaned the blood from my face. “You’re the new blood.” I didn’t understand what he meant. “What’s one of them?” “Hierarchy?” he asked. I nodded. “It’s the position each person holds; who’s in charge and who keeps their head down.” “Sounds stupid, dad.” […]

“Dreamwalker, this note is your next bit of data. Please contact the agency at your convenience. No further information until next transmission. This is broadcast #8277. Do not delete.” I read it again. And again. And again, just to make sure. Who the hell is Dreamwalker? “Well, at least it’s not the fisting one again,” […]

“Thank you all for attending this meeting today on the plague of trophy hunting. And yes, before we begin I think it is only right for us to address the elephant in the room. This is Kevin, and his mother was killed by poachers and her tusks removed. Everyone, please say hello to Kevin.” Response […]

“Cause of death, Doctor?” “I am 98% certain it he was killed with Kindness, Detective.” “Kindness? I thought that was eradicated in 2016.” “Not quite; though it is in rapid decline.” “Well thank you, Doctor. You’ve been very helpful.” “You bastard.” Response to the Word of the Day Challenge prompt: kindness

It’s three years since the Uprising; a global revolution that triggered the total collapse of governments and monarchies worldwide, plunging the world into an anarchistic darkness. Very few serving leaders survived. The rich were dragged from their homes and stripped of all they owned, including the clothes on their back. Armies defied their leaders, refusing […]

“Does everybody understand their roles?” All heads nodded in unison. All except one. “Queenie, why am I not surprised… what’s the problem?” “Sorry boss,” Queenie replied timidly. “I just can’t see it in my head.” The boss let out a laboured sigh. “Do you want me to draw you a picture?” “C-could you?” “Queenie, we’re […]

The room was white. Not just the walls and floor and ceiling, but everything. The bed along the one side, the chair in the corner, the dresser, the sink and the toilet. Even the door. And the light. I could hear it; a constant hum in my head. I stood next to the bed, facing […]

“You don’t have to do this.” “I do.” “There must be another way.” “Like what?” “I… I don’t know.” “There we go then.” “So you’re really willing to risk it all?” “I am.” “You’d sacrifice everything?” “I would.” “Including us?” “Yes.” “But you told me you-” “I said I’d never give you up to save […]