Margaret was bursting to amaze her aunt and elder cousins with what she'd learned at school; she was practically exploding.  Facts about the universe orbited and collided in the pit of her stomach. "Guess what?!" She yelped up the path as she skipped, frantically.  "You can see Venus from Earth tonight." Margaret pointed. "Look! You... Continue Reading →


  A white cloth of lace forms as the gentle flakes fall Protecting what lies beneath, Safety found under the soft embrace of the snow.   For now, it is a fun aunt or mischievous uncle waiting to tip you upside down or a parent with time to spare and a hand to help you... Continue Reading →

A Void

The path to her weekend was finally in front of her.  Just a few more careful steps, avoiding the cracks where the soil and weeds were surfacing and the broken slabs jutted out and she would be able to put it all behind her. Momentarily, at least. But something stopped her dead in her tracks as she reached the... Continue Reading →

Daily Prompt: Conjure

via Daily Prompt: Conjure She spread the red velvet across her lips, looking into her own heavily made-up eyes, black and mysterious.   Smoke and mirrors.   She didn't recognise herself but she didn't have to - it was the others she had to deceive and they all participated in this ritual so she just had to... Continue Reading →

Cut to pieces

    The news of your death prompted our road trip - a chorus of excitement filled the car, our children unacquainted with the idea of death. We found it standing empty, as if the house was holding on for our last visit. I'd wanted to show them the tree my father planted when I was... Continue Reading →

The Middle Child

It took pride of place above my fireplace.  Sobbing incessantly, my elder sister had wanted to cling onto every last thing of mothers, to knit each memory together to bring her back from the dead.  Bemused, she'd agreed to part with this one. My trophy. To the outside world, my younger brother waved excitedly at... Continue Reading →


Electric pulses zapped between them, his eyes undressing her where she waited.  Eyes widening, she lured him into her snare with her rouged lips, the silk ropes of her wrap-dress, a noose. "Can I buy you a drink?" He said, transfixed on the black abyss that held his gaze. She lowered her eyes to the... Continue Reading →

A Promise

"Any change." The voice, monotone, lacking the intonation to suggest that this was a question.  She already knew the answer. "No." The voice spluttered. The darkness had been upon them now for what seemed an eternity and the silence with it.  The trees nearby toyed with them,  as if life was still blossoming and the... Continue Reading →

Winsome – Daily Prompt

via Daily Prompt: Winsome   She stood at the bar, curling her hair round her fingers, toying with it until her fingers hurt. She carried on, rubbing the tendrils harder and more frantically, yet retaining her sweet smile. A guy had once told her she was pretty.  Another, that she was cute.  She could effortlessly... Continue Reading →

Trick or treat!

<a href="">Treat</a>   She emptied the last of it into the huge bowl in the hallway and dusted her hands together, smiling.  She had slaved away for days, making all kinds of toffees, chocolate treats and candies and baking was not her thing. She'd enjoyed it, though - maybe it could be the start of... Continue Reading →

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