The Danger of Stories

This is what comes from telling stories all my life. I can no longer remember what was true and what I made up. I would tell stories in each village I passed through, for food, ale and somewhere to sleep. Then then the women came to me in the night, looking for a further tasteContinue reading “The Danger of Stories”

The Emperor’s Favourite

She had a name. It was not the name given by her father at her birth as tradition demanded. Sometimes it felt as though that first name and the life it lived belonged to someone else. Moonmist. That girl stopped existing a long time ago. There had been other names since. Sometimes Shala had troubleContinue reading “The Emperor’s Favourite”

Never the Same

From those days on, it was never the same. How could it be? Grenil had lost everything she had ever known and so the world, and her life in it, could never be the same. At least she’d avoided the fate of the other girls and young women of her village. She’d watched from theContinue reading “Never the Same”

Juggling Balls: Episode 20

Go to Episode 1   Chapter 17   ‘Good, you’re back. Did he explain it all to you?’ ‘No… he…. He couldn’t. The police were there and… well… you see…. There had been some kind of explosion… apparently.’ ‘I see…. I see.’ Lisa glanced up at Martin. ‘You are lucky, in a way, not knowingContinue reading “Juggling Balls: Episode 20”

Juggling Balls: Episode 17

Go to Episode 1   Chapter 14   ‘Professor Stewart?’ ‘No.’ ‘Well, who…?’ ‘Chief Inspector Lever. And you are?’ ‘Bloody confused.’ ‘I beg your pardon?’ ‘I’m confused.’ Martin glanced around the room. It looked like a typical academic office, or – rather – what he would expect a typical academic office to look like: namelyContinue reading “Juggling Balls: Episode 17”

The Prisoner

It was only another day. There was nothing special about it. Mornings happened to Carla, often by surprise. She lay her head down on the pillow at night. Then without any warning, it was morning again. She had dreams, of course. Deep involved dreams that took her to lands and places she had never knownContinue reading “The Prisoner”

Juggling Balls: Episode 16

Go to Episode 1   Chapter 13   He stepped onto the grass and looked around. The buildings stood square and silent around the small rectangle of grass. He noticed some steps leading down to, what he presumed, could be a boiler room. There was another hand-written sign on the door at the bottom ofContinue reading “Juggling Balls: Episode 16”

Not Unusual in Itself

Ryan didn’t believe it. That was not unusual in itself. There were a good many things Ryan didn’t believe in, such as astrology, healing crystals, ideologies, Gaia, religions, politics, ghosts, reality television, fate, and several other things he was too busy not to believe in at the moment. However, he did believe in an externalContinue reading “Not Unusual in Itself”

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 8

Go to Episode 1   Chapter 7 – Part 1   ‘What? What do you mean: It was me who made you like this?’ Martin tried to calm the feeling of panic threatening to overwhelm him. He picked up the remnants of the juggling balls, passing them from hand to hand, as he stared atContinue reading “Juggling Balls: Episode 8”

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