These Uncertain Times: Part 6 of 6

Waves crashed against sand, collapsing into white foam before retreating back into the ocean. Cara squinted at the sun, high in the sky, until Oscar’s shadow leaned across her. “You’ll go blind.” “Good.” Cara reached up and pushed against Oscar’s forehead. Oscar kept a straight face as she gripped each of his cheeks in her… Continue reading These Uncertain Times: Part 6 of 6

These Uncertain Times: Part 5 of 6

Laying on his side Oscar watched the sunlight peek weakly through the slats of the venetian blinds. Beside him, facing the wall, Cara watched the waving lines of light from the same window wriggle against the bedroom cupboards. They both thought that the other one was asleep and both tried to stay quiet to keep… Continue reading These Uncertain Times: Part 5 of 6

These Uncertain Times: Part 4 of 6

Crack. A twist of sinew. I can feel. Down. My whole. Arm. My shoulder bends and slides backwards behind me. My fingers twitch but I can’t see them. I only know this because I can see them. My neck bends and slides backwards behind me. Someone is crying and I can’t see them. Someone is… Continue reading These Uncertain Times: Part 4 of 6

These Uncertain Times: Part 3 of 6

The sun’s heat warmed Cara’s cheeks, diluted but still strong as it peeked through thick clouds. With one arm leaning against the brick wall next to the driveway, Cara pulled her ankle back behind her body, muscles stretching through her thigh. She silently counted down in her head and peered directly up at the sun,… Continue reading These Uncertain Times: Part 3 of 6

These Uncertain Times: Part 2 of 6

Lines of fluorescents stretched from one side of the long empty ceiling to the other, weaving between crawling metal piping. On the ground marked in tape were bright red Xs, telling the crowds where to stand as they waited at the foot of a shopping aisle. Three back from the front of the queue, Oscar… Continue reading These Uncertain Times: Part 2 of 6

These Uncertain Times: Part 1 of 6

It was as if the suburb in which they lived had a special forcefield around it, a bubble of energy that emanated from a central point. Layers of invisible barriers grew outward from the centre, gradually growing weaker as they drifted further away from the source. Cara drove inward, body exhausted by work. Tiredness rolled… Continue reading These Uncertain Times: Part 1 of 6

Introduction to: ‘These Uncertain Times’

This is bigger than you and me. That doesn't mean we stop being us. A global emergency in our own backyard. When a super-fungus takes over the world, Cara and Oscar, and the entire country’s population, hide away in isolation. Widespread fear fuels a dystopian lifestyle almost overnight. Cara, who thrives on human connection, feels… Continue reading Introduction to: ‘These Uncertain Times’

Mint Cornetto

Music plays out of the car speakers, crackly and sweet. I like this song. Dad ripped this to a CD for me when I asked him to. Mum opens the driver’s door and sits back down in the car, switching off the radio. She hands me a Cornetto and I curl my lip. “This is… Continue reading Mint Cornetto

Goodbyes Are Hard

It was time. Finally. Shaking hands grip my bicep and without looking up from my phone I pull my arm away. My gum has lost its flavour which sucks. “This sucks.” I say. His hands move from my arm to my waist, pulling tight. The feather tucked in his hair tickles my nose and I… Continue reading Goodbyes Are Hard

over and over and

this place is not mine this place where my mind is kept it pushes me through the walls and windows of other places where minds are kept over and over I do the same thing again over and over I do the same thing again I open doors and run inside houses that aren’t mine I… Continue reading over and over and