Category Archives: Short Story

Mad with heat

The air crackles like an oven. Grass, dry as cinder, crawls with critters mad with heat. One spark is all it takes for houses to shoot up in flames, the hot breath of the wind fanning the fire in a … Continue reading

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Coffee chat

The noise and chatter draws you in as soon as you reach the glass doors. Step into the cafe and you are overflown by raucuous laughter, heated debates, shoulderslapping and shouts for “un vino mas”. It’s hard to reach the … Continue reading

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True stories from the Titanic

In the wee hours of April 14, 1912, in the icy blankness of the Atlantic, the cruise liner Titanic crashed into an iceberg. Its hull ripped apart, its engines flooded with water, the vessel foundered near the shores of Nova … Continue reading

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Lunar festival highlights

The red dragon is rearing its head, drums pounding to its mute roar. Golden tassles jingle along the fabric of its rump as the procession slithers and thumps along the waterfront. Chen is the only stray onlooker not joining in … Continue reading

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In Auld Lang Syne

Vic is shivering in the damp, grey sand. His head is pounding from last night’s New Year’s Eve party, his tongue so swollen and his throat so parched he can barely swallow. The smell of Melanie’s coconut sunscreen still lingers … Continue reading

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Venetian decadence

Gustav von Aschenbach sinks into the soft cushions of the gondola. The gentle rocking of the boat, the delicate splash of the waves against the lacquered hull lulls him into sleep. He savours the last mouthfuls of sweet cuttlefish, dissolving … Continue reading

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The contemplative dad

, rea The Father and His Two Daughters¬†(fable by Aesop) A man had two daughters, the one married to a gardener, and the other to a tile-maker.¬† After a time he went to the daughter who had married the gardener, … Continue reading

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