In the Broken Rock

“Move them the other way!” Jackie cried out. “Not that way, they'll fall on top of you.” The rocks they had placed outside their grandfather's workshop, piled up in his shelves, they now were removing, though not all. The two children had petitioned Aunty Jackie to keep. as though tools, some rocks that pleased them [...]

Boy Singeing a Bat’s Wings

“Uncomfortable is where I want you to be, Malik.” His father's counsellor was now his own. He felt closer to his father in the presence of the man who knew his secrets than face to face with the actual man. “You needn't be afraid,” he said, “your heart will always keep beating.” Malik lowered his [...]

About Death

“Help me to love, Lord, others in my life, the people around me, to not take them for granted and to try harder to see past their foibles and the things that trouble us.” Daniel Martin didn't close his eyes; he always had them open during prayer, Linnie was observing. She tightened her pious clasp [...]

Cue for Strangeness

“Grandma!” Sylvia called. From upstairs had come a shrill scream, then a breaking of pottery. Sylvia had been asleep, but woke from a nightmare and had been meandering around the living-room in darkness, forgetting what it was she wanted and looking at the cuckoo clock, which was covered in dust, was loud and was detestable [...]

Lord of the Fishes

Norman turned to get his bearings, to look out at the hills he had passed and considered vaguely, not seriously, climbing. He wasn't sure what the paperwork would be like for something like that—just to get a view of the desert, the undistinguished, white horizon. He gazed listlessly down at the toxic grey soil. He [...]