She was tall for her height and moved with all the grace of an animal known for graceful movement. She crept to the corner of the building and flattened her back against the reassuring solidity of the wall behind her. She took a breath and peered around the corner. Armed guards, but only six ofContinue reading “Infiltration”

A Homeland and Other Such Lies

Often the wind would blow from the east, bringing a taste of the far lands on its breath. When she could, Shalia then stood up on her lonely hill and turned towards the wind, letting it blow into her face bringing, she believed, the scents of her homeland back to her. Not that she rememberedContinue reading “A Homeland and Other Such Lies”

Equal Rights for All

This time it was different. ‘Hang on.’ What? ‘How different?’ Just different, that’s all. ‘I’m not sure about this.’ Why not? You are the protagonist in this story, what could happen to you? ‘That’s just it.’ What do you mean? ‘This could be one of those stories where the protagonist doesn’t make it out alive.Continue reading “Equal Rights for All”

Lost in the Woods

For a long time, all Seka had known was dark, loneliness and fear. Now they were taking her to the stake in the village centre. ‘I’m going to fall, stumble on this uneven ground, soon,’ Glom, one of her guards, and an old friend of her father, whispered in her ear as he helped dragContinue reading “Lost in the Woods”

Building the Wall

‘You’re an engineer,’ he said. ‘How hard can it be? You just put the bricks one on top of another until there is a wall.’ His juniors laughed, some dutifully, some who – like him – thought it was actually funny. Often, it is that simple though, you put one brick on top of another,Continue reading “Building the Wall”

All the Reasons

Reasons. There were always reasons. Halput was sick of reasons. When it was dangerous, deadly or – often – stupid, there were reasons why it had to be done. When it looked like it was something that would help, save lives or – even – shorten the war, there were reasons why it could notContinue reading “All the Reasons”

You Cannot Have a War Without Mud

The shadows creep across the end of the day like wounded crawling from the battlefield, knowing the dark night is catching them up. Once the darkness takes them, they know they will never see the light again. Sometimes, though, especially in the cold grey mists of morning, it does feel like we have lived tooContinue reading “You Cannot Have a War Without Mud”

The Door into the Stories

I was frightened. We all were. They say the waiting is the hardest part, and that is true. We all were too scared to think, to hope to dream, to fear. You hear rumours, of course. But back in the Learning, they told us it did not matter what we felt, whether we hoped, dreamedContinue reading “The Door into the Stories”

When the Snow Wipes the World Clean Again

It makes you wonder, Marie thought. Sometimes the world out there is stranger than it ought to be. Sometimes, it seems as though this is not the same world you remember. Sometimes it feels as though overnight everything you thought you knew and understood about this world has been taken away and replaced with somethingContinue reading “When the Snow Wipes the World Clean Again”

Crop Circles

‘Sshh, they’ll hear,’ Shala hissed. ‘Sorry.’ It had seemed like a good idea back in the Inn, as do many such ideas. But the ropes and the planks were awkward to carry. ‘Are you sure this is wise?’ Shala looked worried now. I could see the doubt in her eyes in the moonlight. The moonlightContinue reading “Crop Circles”

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