Returning

She and her brothers spent many summers out by the rusted cattle shed, before the sunburns became too much. They thought it was haunted. "Pantry and freezer are stocked, should do you all till we get back," their parents would say. Then they wouldn't hear from them for weeks. At first it was exciting, then... Continue Reading →

Lost

The man took his eyes off his son for a moment, vision filled with the semi-transparent, augmented display of his son's latest medical assessment. They still didn't know what was in his son's head. What had changed him. Then his son was taken. The man looked away for only one, single moment. Years passed. Labelled... Continue Reading →

Invincible

Mind cycling through the daily routine, I slowly slide off the bed. I waddle around with my swollen belly, pain erupting from inconveniently placed baby kicks.I feed the animals, step back inside, breathe. Head spins from standing too long washing dishes. Turn on washing machine, more pain; crouch down, turn, bend, breathe.I waddle up the stairs.... Continue Reading →

Nutty Aunt

"Why are you so stupid?" He roared at her."Don't touch me!" She screamed back.The yelling grew louder and echoed up the stairwell. I cuddled one of my younger sisters.We tip-toed downstairs, tear streaked faces glancing down the hall. My hands shook.Reaching the front door, we ducked outside.Fresh air.We raced, hearts pounding, to our neighbour's, knowing she had heard... Continue Reading →

Learning

I'm holding tight, too tight, relax the hands, relax the back, breathe. It’s okay.Lights flash past. Eyes dart up, down, left, right, checking. They settle straight ahead for a moment, only to dart around again and again, keeping tabs on all surrounds.Hands are gripping tighter again. Relax. Breathe.So many things to focus on—perhaps too many... Continue Reading →

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