A Dream So Real

Author’s Note: I’ve just spent five hours editing. It may have affected me.  I floated in amniotic fluids, life bursting all around. Creatures of all kinds and all descriptions, some of which beggared belief, swam and dipped before me. Above, a sun ten times that of which I knew blazed down as I fought to stay afloat. Tropical, one might have said, Caribbean, at least, I batted at beasts no larger than my fist hoping to stave off this madness. I would’ve called them fish, but fish, they were not. I spluttered as the sweet liquid entered my mouth … Continue reading A Dream So Real

The Superhero Dilemma

“She says she’s Poison Ivy like the comic character. She’s got the green tights and everything.” “A costume does not make someone a super villain.” I thought that a very grown up response for a twelve-year-old. “She’s poisoned me, too.” “What with?” “Liquorice. You know I’m allergic.” “Ah, but did she? She might’ve just got lucky.” I was on a roll. My brother pulled a face like a wet dog and scratched his matted hair. “No, you’re right,” he said after some thought.” “What do you want to do about it?” “The usual.” “I’m Batman,” I said quick as a … Continue reading The Superhero Dilemma

The Small One

 A small cough revealed her hiding behind a chair. I pretended not to see her, even looked away, but the flash of her eyes pierced the room’s midnight. Why she was here, who knew, perhaps fate or fragility? But when I opened the window that a stiff breeze had slammed closed behind her, she simply flew away. I have never told this tale to anyone, not family, friend or foe. People would’ve thought me mad to speak of the little people, those we call faerie. Reputations are tarnished by such things and I was never a brave man. So … Continue reading The Small One