By Amy Dollery THE priest shakes his head, before walking out of the room and closing the door on us. He does not look back. I turn to look at my sister and the shame of it all bites me again. She smiles up at me and holds out her hand. I find I can… Continue reading Arrival
By Laura Yates URSULA was usually prepared for any social situation. Yet when she arrived home and found the beast sitting gormlessly on the living room carpet, she didn’t quite know what to do. Eight hours later she was greatly rueing her decision to offer it a cup of tea; it had seemed the most… Continue reading Manners
By Alex Townley IT makes you blink at first, you can’t help it. This is the first unfiltered light we’ve been exposed to in our lives and we’re amongst the first anywhere to be exposed to this particular wavelength. I keep thinking about Americans. I might be American genetically speaking, I can’t remember, but partly… Continue reading Disembarking
By Dan Seavers IT all started when the tickets arrived. It had been my Gran’s 75th birthday, and she’d invited all the family around for the usual cake and celebrations. Everything ran just as normal, until we got onto the presents. She’d set them to one side, on the coffee table in the lounge, saving… Continue reading Just the ticket
By Nadia Kingsley IT looked ideal for me. I mean ever since Gordon passed over I’ve been planning to get out more, correction – get out full stop. It’s been hard, I’m the first to admit it. I miss nodding at the other shit-su owners in the park, exchanging a few words over the dog poop… Continue reading Why did it have to be me?
By Damien McKeating ON the first day he arrived they did not know what to do with him. But he made himself at home and they realised that nothing they did would ever be the same again. On the second day they still did not know what to do with him, but they tried their… Continue reading After the delivery
By William Gallagher THE snow changed abruptly. Now she’d stepped over this invisible line, Claire could see the difference. Behind her, smooth white snow carefully tended by the ski company and carelessly tramped down, packed tight, by skiers walking to the bar. Ahead of her, the same white but now deeper and, in her first step,… Continue reading Ice