The Butterfly and the Flame

“Father?” Aloise interrupted her father in the little shed. The skylight was covered over with the autumn leaves and twilight had almost passed. She entered carefully and lit a candle by the window then put it in its holder. Her father sat with his back facing her at his workbench. “What are you working on? [...]

Rock Dreams

Josie awoke, roused by the voice of her older sister Fiona who was taking care of her. Sweat clung to her everywhere. “Josie,” her sister said, “you were having a bad dream.” “I can’t see,” said Josie, “get me my glasses.” Fiona took her sister’s glasses and put them on tenderly, careful not to poke [...]

The Folds

From their seats the two girls stared back at Dennis in the way that the instructor would sometimes stare at the dummy grenades they used in training when he was a recruit—with a certain restrained expectation that they might explode. And indeed he was a grenade, though decommissioned now and filled, instead of adrenaline, with [...]

The Visit

“There he is,” the guard, Terrence, said, “that's your Daddy.” Terrence had known Mick for three years, and had seen great changes in him in that short time. Bev was coming around to him too, so much so that she had decided to bring Evelyn. The girl was bright, inquisitive, bold. Bev was a brash [...]

Ship Watching

Truman thought a spider was crawling on his fingers at that moment but when he peered down through the darkness there was nothing there. The brisk air from the ocean smelt of salt, was fresh and invigorating, though he was dead tired. From the lookout he had the town's best view of the port, and [...]

Peach Eating

“Just eat the sucker,” said Jordan. Wesley held his peach up to the light breaking through the trees, perhaps imitating some affect he had seen at the sweat lodge—one of those hippies he had met. The bird returned in a swoop, fluttered, pulled and twisted at the peach, taking with it a chunk of dripping [...]

The Apocalypse Program

“Gentlemen,” said Pearson. Dennison knew how much his old friend loved to greet them all with “gentlemen” when they came into his office but today was different. This was a discovery of monumental importance and it had exactly zero to do with Pearson, besides him being now the patent holder and largest stakeholder in the [...]