Hoist the Birthday Flag!

Glittering cracker jacks shock the sky. Red silk banners. Rippling in reply. Hands raised on deck. Cheering. Celebrating. Champagne corks burst. Froth and sparkle. Music booms. Dancers sway. Happy faces. The Indigo Spider sets sail. Ahoy! This short story was inspired by Indigo Spider’s Sunday Picture Press – a challenge to write between 50 and…

They Die At The End.

Yvonne waited for her opponent to make up his mind. She didn’t attempt to hide her subtle smile. He might mistake her amusement for a tell but she didn’t care. The guy was an idiot and deserved what he got. He was a shitty poker player, big balls, no brains. She knew all his tells…

Man On The Edge

Until that day Nathan Greenway never believed in second chances. “Life isn’t a rehearsal,” Nathan told his friends. He knew it was a cliché but he’d said it anyway. To his surprise his friends bought it and they set out into the wilderness. Seven days of hiking, swimming, camping and a stack of quality memories…

Unbreakable

George met Irene under a red sunset. It was love at first sight. Despite the slap he received for making a joke to his buddies about her sun burnt thighs looking redder than a baboon’s rear. Laguna Beach was a sun worshippers paradise and both young and old flocked to the white sands. Fresh out…

Honesty Box

“Lies are the devils way of tormenting the soul.” That’s what my Gram used to say. “You keep spinning that web of lies and sooner or later it’ll wrap itself around your spirit and bleed you raw until you cry from the pain.” When I was a lad I thought it was just an old…

That Day

“Are we safe here?” “No where’s safe these days.” “I don’t mean to question but–” “Then don’t.” “Sorry. Have you been here long?” “Weeks.” “I barely stay put more than a few days. They seem to know where you are after a while don’t they?” “Depends if you’re smart about it.” “I must be dumb…