Daylight – by Alex Smith

The woman was awakened by the sliver of light that peeked through the crack of the window, where the tattered sheet was unable to cover. Drawing her knees closer to her chest, she shivered in the morning chill. She turned over to her side to see if the child was still sleeping. Its eyes were…

He’d Expected to See Some Blood – by Steve Campbell

He pries out one of her eyeballs with the tip of a screwdriver and rolls it between his fingers while her good eye stares out at him. He’d expected to see some blood. Maybe if he pushes the screwdriver through it? He considers it for a second before dropping the orb into his pocket to…

American as Muck and Apple Pie – by Will Gilmer

Summer was the worst for wearing galoshes. Sweat pooled in the bottoms making every step feel like Gonzo was sloshing through a swamp. They had become an unfortunate necessity with the muck on the rise. Gonzo’s sneaker collection had lost its place in the world. The muck was hard to notice at first, but everyone…

Something About Her – by J L Higgs

Paul was running.  His goal within reach, he picked up his pace, as usual, dodging any obstacles in his path.  Nothing could prevent him from getting there and seeing his shadow racing alongside him, he put on a burst of speed as if determined to even outrun it. Before going to bed the prior night,…

Rinse and Repeat – by Amanda McLeod

Stella finds herself standing in an unlit laneway. The entertainment strip, in all its tacky glory, glitters in the night a block closer to the river from where she is. It’s full to the brim with people, a seething, oozing mass of bodies heaving from bar to pub to club. Pretty young things, loud and…

Mailbox – by Scott Archer Jones

At six a.m. he strode back and forth in the road. Across the ditch and the big front yard, he could see the lights in the kitchen. He sidled over to the next window. The candle burned on the dining room table. That’s when he knew. She always lit the candle when sentiment swept over…

My Sister, and Other Life Forms – by Jamie Thunder

I see my sister’s face everywhere. It’s on magazine covers, collectors’ edition stamps, and giant billboards at the side of the motorway advertising furniture deals that are out of this world. Even twenty years on she’s a draw, at least if you’re after a sofa. I don’t mean to sound rude, but if she’s going…

Fish – by Eva Ferry

I know a man who has had a goldfish for seven years. In captivity, I understand, a goldfish’s life rarely stretches beyond three. So, upon learning at a dinner party the other day about this wonder of piscatory longevity, I was instantly interested. “What’s your secret?” I asked. He didn’t answer immediately. He looked perplexed,…

Seven Hills – by Kate Jones

I’m assaulted by the afternoon sun as I step out of the airport and wait for a taxi. I’d forgotten how hot the European sun is at midday; can practically feel the freckles bursting across my nose. A taxi pulls up and the driver leans out of the window, stereotypically Italian, black slick-backed hair and…

Payback – by Sue Ann Culp

My hands shook so badly I could barely grip the controls of my wheelchair.  I had been in the lavatory trying to clean spaghetti off the front of my shirt when I heard something like firecrackers coming from the hallway, followed immediately by screaming and running. The corridor was deserted now except for the figure…

Roses – by Tracey Stewart

Wincing as she burnt her tongue on her coffee Charlotte set the mug down on the table and turned the page of the photo album. A bride and groom filled the pages, their smiles leaping out from their perfect day, blue sky surrounding them, the bare branches of the trees home to streams of coloured…