Red

Dirt caked her soft dress. She’ll wash it later. For now, though self-assigned, she had to complete her mission before the sun set - she had to find it.Laughter reached her, drifting from the house at the bottom of the yard; soon it’d turn to cries.She had to hurry.She sped over the ground, eyes darting.At... Continue Reading →

Protector

A scream cut through her from across the meadow and she raged into action, dismissing her injury and climbing up the nearest lookout.Her arms trembled, not used to her own weight, but she needed to ensure her charge was okay.Her heart pounded at another squeal and she cursed her clumsiness; she would’ve been on top... Continue Reading →

Selfish Devotion

Fist clenched, Warrick scribbled signatures across paperwork. His wife, face pale, breathed hard on a hoverbed. She looked worse with each day.Labouring took a greater toll.She screamed before the relieved laughter and a nurse placed their child in her arms.Warrick relinquished the papers and nodded.The nurse reclaimed the newborn.His wife turned her head to him, eyes... Continue Reading →

New Life

She lay there cold, with legs exposed, as they spoke. Backs turned to her; she caught few words."A mess. . .”“No more feeling. . .”“Stiches."They looked over at her and she held their gaze, wanting answers. The doctor approached, mouth moving in silent speech as he searched for the right words. “Ma’am, there have been…some... Continue Reading →

Binding a World

Day by day, the population thinned. Babies weren't being conceived as often as they once had. The sun's radiation increased week by week. Cancer counts increased. Hospitals overflowed. Lives faded.Those with fair skin donned sunscreen every morning without fail, before continuing life. Most just stayed indoors.All were failing fertility tests. Years pass.A coloured President. Prime Minister. Council and Board members. School principals. Teachers.... Continue Reading →

Internal Monster

Her hands shook as new friends welcomed them inside. How would they take her? Life before her partner used to mean refusing these invites; too scared to take risks.They sat together. She stared at her dinner. Everyone laughed at his jokes as he kept her safe from attention, helped her relax.She started contributing, a word here, comment there."He always forgets things, he's male," she said smiling, glancing at him.The... Continue Reading →

Revival

She crashed through the underbrush, branches whipping bare skin. Lifeblood dripped from scratches, soaking the soil, eventually feeding those with which she shared her homes. Heart pounding, she pushed on.The creatures gained ground.She clambered out of the tree-line into deep, rushing water and waited... He conquered the treetops, branch by branch. The creatures would watch... 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 →

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