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 [...]

A Place Where Things Join, Fourteen

For several hours Marian meandered around town with the children. She went to the zoo, spending the money for Kelly's new boots on fairy floss, soda and rides on the choo-choo-train while she sat by, contemplating the surrealness of the situation and avoiding conversation. The topic was on many people's lips; she heard words like [...]

The Faces of Things, Two

“Daniel!” Wendy called. She came outside and stared up at the roof, expecting to see her son there, then cast her eyes around the paddock, disoriented. So many days had gone by with such little sleep, the hours were melding. She went back inside and checked the clock. “Relax, Wendy,” she reassured herself, heading back [...]

The Ashtarians, Two

“I recall discussing something along those lines recently with you, Clayton, I'm a little tired and old for that, I think.” Clayton hurried now to catch up with the old man. He stopped in front of him. “Miracles happen, Mr Matthews,” Clayton said, staring. “I can prove it. They're real, everything I've said about them [...]

The Ashtarians, One

There was one person left in the lecture hall, and though Dr Matthews struggled to see that far he knew who it was. He wasn't hovering around waiting to kiss his behind or get an extension on the essay, or help him with his bag and books to the next building. The boy sitting by [...]

A Place Where Things Join, Thirteen

At the payphone Marian called home several times but couldn't get through. She didn't want to go home. Partly she was terrified of telling Kel the news, and partly she believed it was some kind of misunderstanding, something she should keep quiet because of the knack the world has for sorting these kinds of things [...]