The Rustling

The Rustling They attacked with banging guns and booming rockets, an unnecessary commotion, striking as though we were leaves on an autumn tree awaiting winter winds. Perhaps we were in our russet way? Fall, some called it, the time when one generation made room for the next. Whether or not the giant oak wished it, […]

The Jumper (Drabble)

Author's Note: A Drabble is a story of exactly 100 words.  "I'm a kangaroo," he said. I looked at him strange and replied, "No, sir, you're a man. A troubled man, but a man nonetheless." He didn't like that. Reaching into his frontpack, he hauled out a young baby dressed all in brown, passed […]

Imperfect Dreams

Imperfect Dreams Imperfect Dreams I’d dreamt of gold and glass and colour and light and beauty and women with smiles on their faces and love in their hearts. The city I stood in was none of those things. Was a lie a lie to everyone or just the person who’d envisioned it? Was it wrong […]

The Held Breath

Golden light filtered through the aquamarine water casting opaque, rippling shadows across the seabed like clouds in a clear blue sky. The sun’s rays were never the same, always beautiful, a living, moving tapestry that rolled across the coral and kelp in endless cycles of underwater perfection. Turtles dove for it, sharks hunted for it, […]

Dandelion Ghosts

Dandelion Ghosts I waited with trepidation for the dandelion seeds to take flight, I always had. There was something about them, something intangible almost like ghosts holding parasols with a license to roam both day and night. Ethereal in their opalescent beauty, the seeds appeared from mass, golden deaths to haunt the fields, roadsides and […]

Lady Death – My Lover

I feel Her. Lady Death stands at my shoulder sheltering this shivering form with a swept up cape. Cosseted by Her darkness, cold but comfortable, I wait to the ticking of my pocket watch. I hear Her. Her breath grazes my neck like that first Autumn frost. Beautiful in its own way. She moves closer, […]

This Heat (Drabble)

This bar by the beach doesn’t lessen the heat, it amplifies it. I no longer drip with perspiration, but something else, something feral. There’s a cool breeze blowing off the ocean, a beer in my hand, condensation taking a slow tour of the glass, but every second I’m sitting here, I’m getting hotter. Why? This […]