The Gift

Hiding beneath the roots of a grand gum, she heard the tiny sobs.Her charge had been playing outdoors again. Did she hurt herself?The fairy, wings tucked away, peered through grass above. She could see the side of the little girl, hands cupped, tears dripping onto dusty clothes.Something hung out of her fingers.Should she let her... 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 →

Porcelain

Waves hushed sounds of traffic far behind. Tiny fingers grasped mine, pulling past flowers and trees, little feet skipping over loose stones.I took one step for her four.She hadn’t told me our destination; “it’s a surprise Mummy.”She glanced back, round eyes gleaming and all smiles, “we’re close!”I couldn’t help but smile with her, adoration running deep.Her... Continue Reading →

Old Mystery

The door creaked open. Cool air drifted out from darkness beyond.She took a step, and another, hand guiding along soft, dusty walls. Her other hand searched above.Click.A dim globe created great shadows behind piles of books, old chests and dusty boxes. She knelt beside a lone one, a lump forming in her throat, hand hovering... 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 →

Spring Howls

Colours bombarded his senses. Everywhere the spring sun reached, blooms thrived.Th-thump, th-thump.He caught yelps and a myriad of birdsong drifting on the crisp winds as he ran.Th-thump, th-thump.Green shoots pushed through snow still clinging to the base of trees; branches hanging as shields against the warm sun.Th-thump.Ducking his head as he wove through the forest,... Continue Reading →

Unproductive Progression

The future had come. Endless chambers of cold lights and pre-fabricated possessions created a norm no one felt part of.One small council of a great metallic city met.“Daily accidents again,” reported a hard eyed man, “sicknesses, absences.”“Lines can’t continue this way,” said a stiff lady, “we’ll hear from higher up soon.”“No one’ll be excepted,” said... 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 →

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