Dea Ignis – vss

England, circa. 1660 AD Hundreds gathered in the square, surrounding the pyre, cheering loudly. Two priests stood by the pile of wood, bibles in hands. A woman, young in years, was dragged roughly along the ground by half a dozen guards, towards the pyre. She was dressed in a white gown, though muddied and torn; [...]

Pest Control – vss

Warming my hands against the flames I watched the shapes begin to materialize out of the murk. It was always foggy by the river, day or night, and the warmth and light the fire provides never failed to draw them out. They would come in search of food; flesh and marrow, preferably human but they weren't [...]

Friend From Foe: pt.1

Nick Knight opened his eyes as his hand searched blindly for his ringing mobile phone. “Go away,” he groaned, tiredness and anger combined in his voice. Eventually locating it he picked it up carefully, being sure to avoid touching the screen and inadvertently answering the call. Squinting against the harsh white light in the otherwise [...]

Code Red

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 [...]

Hierarchy

"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 – short story

"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," [...]

Elephant in the room

"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

"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

State of Anarchy

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 [...]

untitled very short story (vss)

"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 [...]