The Earthquake

Domingo returned five years after the earthquake. The diocese had been prepared to pay for his flight there but he had opted instead to drive. He remembered the roads, and tried to avoid air travel, not simply because of the attention he drew in his black cassock—the handshakes and genuflections and requests for blessings—there was [...]

The Confidence Artist

Cathy's party was going well. Her great-grandmother had been brought over to the holiday village where they were all staying, and gazed placidly at the fare and hazards around her. She didn't recoil at children's screams anymore. She had asked Cathy what she wanted to be when she grew up and Cathy had said she [...]

Vikhr

Miranda's grandfather thought the world of her. She had been the first person the hospital had called when he was admitted. It had been snowing, a constant wind wrapped around the city like a coil, changing things, energising things, sending normal people mad. Christmas felt unreal. Miranda had just left in a hurry to the [...]

Dalia and the Jellyfish

The tide washed between Dalia's thighs, receded, bubbled and fizzed as it was dragged back out to the blue ocean. From the deck her uncle watched—he was entertaining guests from work. On the soft grey shore clear blobs of jellyfish sat happy and inert. At first the children had been throwing them back into the [...]