Debt to be Paid

Radiation reached his skin through UV-resistant clothes. "Four-hundred-thirteen billion credits for today's contestant! If he survives..." A hidden crowd cheered. He retrieved his only permitted secret ingredient with a blistered hand. "What's today's contestant chosen for us?" Blinding light. The crowd gasped. The glare receded and he staggered forward, balancing a platter, alien delicacies piled... Continue Reading →

Deep Wishes

I feel invisible blows as fear and pain chemicals flood my place within my host's brain. Her carer is destroying her, setting fire to her mind with every heartache, every forgotten promise, every silence, every lie. I wish to protect her, to save her. To survive. Her carer's mind was lost in the depths of... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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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