Juggling Balls: Episode 14

Go to Episode 1 Chapter 11   The others were all standing around watching the TV as Martin entered the room. ‘What’s goi…?’ ‘Ssssh…. Sorry, ssssh sir!’ ‘Ssssh.’ ‘I was jus….’ ‘Ssssh!’ Sam turned up the volume on the TV. ‘…pictures live from the scene, our reporter Grant Penrose.’ ‘Thank… you…. Angela,’ the reporter saidContinue reading “Juggling Balls: Episode 14”

Juggling Balls: Episode 12

Go to Episode 1   Chapter 9   ‘Why now?’ Lisa said as she and Martin stood outside the supermarket doorway, watching Sam trying to wrestle a trolley free from the, seemingly welded-together, rest of the trolley herd. Martin held up the list so Lisa could re-read the message at the beginning of it.  Continue reading “Juggling Balls: Episode 12”

Juggling Balls: Episode 10

Go to Episode 1   Chapter 7 – Part 3   There was a tap at the door and Mandy came in carrying a mug of tea. ‘I’m ever so sorry about what happened. I can’t think how I managed to drop that other mug,’ she said. ‘I couldn’t find any clean mugs, so IContinue reading “Juggling Balls: Episode 10”

Juggling Balls: Episode 6

Go to Episode 1   Chapter 6 – Part 1   Martin and Sam sat side by side on Martin’s bed looking down at the boxes. ‘Well,’ Sam said. ‘Well.’ ‘I found this in the hall,’ Lisa said, coming into the room and giving Martin a small padded envelope. ‘It must’ve fallen off one ofContinue reading “Juggling Balls: Episode 6”

Not as We Know It

It was soft, gentle, almost like the echo of some fading half-forgotten dream left behind on the pillow of a warm summer morning. Berna felt it there, in her mind, waiting for her. It should have been comforting, a reassurance of something living, like a docile pet in the hands of a child. But…. SomethingContinue reading “Not as We Know It”

Coffee Time

My coffee had almost gone. I glanced up and out of the café window. The snow was still coming down. I’d have to go out there soon, into the snow, back to the office. I couldn’t be late again, not twice in one week. She dropped into the chair on the opposite side of myContinue reading “Coffee Time”

Space Junk

It was another one of those things. Drenk sighed. This would need more than a formal warning when she got there. This made seven she’d counted in this sector alone. Analysis had shown their trajectories all mapped back to the same originating planet. Drenk hoped a warning not to launch any more of their litterContinue reading “Space Junk”

Each Day was a Gift

Helda opened each day like a gift. I left the morning there for her outside her room before she awoke. It was there waiting for her when she opened her eyes. At first, she would stand there by her window watching the morning unfold in front of her as though it was some new wonderContinue reading “Each Day was a Gift”

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”

The City of Her Dreams

Kerena dreamt a river that bought the melting snow down from the mountains to the warmer flat plain, turning the bare world green along its edges. It was here that she dreamt a city for her people, her family, her tribe, her silo. She built them a strong city, rising tall by the riverside withContinue reading “The City of Her Dreams”

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