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 [...]

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 [...]

Inside the Signal Box

“The most recent example of this has been, I'm sure we can all agree, the most exciting.” Liza watched her father from outside the conference room. There were echoes of his mannerisms and facial expressions in her, Judy noticed. She seemed to follow him around very subtly when she was observing him, and when her [...]