In the flash / Stories

Tammy’s New Pet.

‘You going to get one, Charlie?’ said Tammy, and she dug out another ladleful of meat from the casserole dish. ‘Great stew, Viola. Thanks for putting on lunch.’ ‘I’m not sure,’ Charlie said. ‘Something about it doesn’t seem right, taking a wild thing and caging it up, away from its own kind.’ ‘Don’t go turning … Continue reading

In the flash / Stories

Cynthia, unlit.

Cynthia was four when her light went out. ‘Where has my light gone?’ she asked. ‘Lord knows,’ her mother said. ‘But it’s all right. You’ll get used to it. It happens with everyone.’ Looking around her she knew this to be true. She had never yet met an adult with a light in their eyes, … Continue reading

The Piano Shark Player.
In the flash / Stories

The Piano Shark Player.

At the end of the dinner party for musicians with obscure instruments, the guests took it in turns to wow their fellow eccentrics with presentations and demonstrations. ‘I have a zither!’ said one. ‘A loophonium!’ said another. ‘A boxstrop!’ ‘A theremin!’ ‘Ho-hum,’ said Montgomery Ficus, the most eccentric of the eccentrics, to each of these … Continue reading