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 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’

A Truck Dreams

Orange streaks across the sky. I’m falling and the dream I always have plays behind my mind. A world on fire. I fall and fall until I stop. The soil here is soft and I pass through it quickly, my impact blasting a crater a hundred metres outward. My systems are offline for approximately half… Continue reading A Truck Dreams

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Worth.

His phone was dead and the dirt and rubble didn’t allow sunlight to reach him. How long had he been down here? Something hard and cold was impaled through his side and it was difficult to breathe. The ground above and below had him pinned looking down so his face was in the dirt and… Continue reading Worth.

Leeches

“You know when you’ve got nothing and they take that too, what’s that called?” “You’re so boring.” “Fuck you.” “Whatever Nietzsche.” I punch him in the shoulder and he laughs so I punch him again. He ignores me and pushes between my knees, leaning his chest against mine. His weight presses me against the shower… Continue reading Leeches