“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 […]

“No deal.” “What?” “I said no deal.” “You being serious right now?” “Yeah, this transaction is definitely weighted in your favour.” “What the-?” “It feels like I’m not really getting my money’s worth here.” “Dude, just give me your wallet or I’ll fucking shoot you.” “Alright, chuck in your shoes as well and you’ve got […]

I had dreamed of this moment for so long. The person I had spent most of my adult life fawning over, the most beautiful woman I had ever laid eyes on. She lay naked before me, real, in the flesh. No longer would I have to rely on my imagination, and those stolen glimpses through […]

“I bet you haven’t seen one of these before.” Vic blinked, a disinterested look on his face. “A gun? Yes, I’ve seen a gun.” “Well I bet you’ve never fired one,” the thug sneered. “Never needed to,” Vic replied flatly, giving his nose a scratch. He let out a yawn, clearly not at all bothered […]

Previously: Part 3 All chapters Part 4 My heart stopped. Or at the very least it skipped a beat. “You mean…” “They are real, Jack,” the father nodded. He placed what was probably supposed to be a comforting hand on my shoulder, but I couldn’t feel it. I had gone numb. “And I am sorry […]

“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 […]