“Hmm, very interesting.” The man sitting across from me stroked his chin thoughtfully. I sat forward in my chair, hands clasped in my lap. His eyes continued to scan over my application. “You fancy yourself as a daredevil, eh?” he chuckled. “Not really.” I struggled to contain the nervousness in my voice. “But, erm, y’know […]

“Come on,” she said, frantically packing sand-strewn belongings into the bag. “The tide is coming in.” No,” I replied without emotion, staring at the white crests zigzagging delightfully across the ocean’s surface. “I fear that the land may, in fact, be sinking.” Written in response to a triple word prompt I saw on earlier today […]

Previously: Part 2 All chapters Part 3 The cold hit me the second I walked through the doorway. Outside, beneath the summer sun and dressed in the mandatory black attire of funerals, I had been sweltering. Inside, however, it felt like midwinter. I was taken aback as well by the silence. Every minute I had […]

Previously: Part 1 All chapters Part 2 And then silence. I stood before the church, for the first time in my life, without the whispered voices. And for the first time ever I missed them. I had so many questions now that I had finally been able to understand what they were saying. The storm […]

Part 1 I had never felt comfortable in a church. Even as a young child I dreaded Sunday mornings and the weekly mass. But as the youngest in an otherwise devout Christian family, not yet ready to be left alone at home for two hours, I had no say in the matter. And so I […]

“Do you ever wonder what’s up there?” she asked me, looking up at the sky. I glanced up briefly, using my hand to shield my eyes from the sun’s glare. I shrugged and shook my head. “No, not really.” Her arm around my waist tightened a little. “Do you ever wonder about much, Mark?” I […]

I haven’t slept in six months. Five months, three weeks and four days. Roughly. I can’t be exact on the hours and minutes. I’m wide awake though. For the first couple of nights it wasn’t too bad. I’d stay up playing video games and watching crap movies. But I soon grew bored. I started going […]