Simon took a deep breath. All the training to prepare him for this moment did nothing to relieve his anxiety. It was his first day working at St. Stephen’s Hospital, and though he knew he’d have to do this at some stage, he hadn’t expected it so soon. He wiped a drop of sweat from … Continue reading First Day on the Job
I stepped outside. I stepped into another world. My eyes flailed about, grasping for man-made familiarity, but there was not a wall or screen within their reach. Space stretched out in all directions, full of colour and sound. Silhouettes lining the horizon hooked my gaze: trees upon distant hills, standing as ancient monuments unaware of … Continue reading A Step Outside
Mr and Mrs Daley wanted a baby. Now, babies don’t just sprout from the ground like strawberries—that would be silly, and dirty, and the way babies are made is neither silly nor dirty. Well, actually, I suppose it is a bit silly. Mr Daley put on his best suit, and Mrs Daley wore her prettiest … Continue reading Where Do Babies Come From?
My first steps on the road to rock stardom.
In the narrow shade of a lone, long-dead tree, a hitchhiker sat on his oversized suitcase by the side of a country road. A truck approached and he stuck out his thumb, only to retract it moments later as the truck sped by. “What a way to spend your thirtieth birthday,” the hitchhiker grumbled to … Continue reading The Hitchhiker
The old man sat at the outdoor table in his garden. The table was small and round, with a glass top and white paint peeling off the elaborate steel frame. He remembered when they had bought it, how exquisite it was—at least it had seemed so to them on their shoestring budget. He shifted on … Continue reading The Old Widower
A bittersweet love story.