Stop. Stop. Stop. Today I have an attraction to every red traffic light. Can you believe that? Alice is now late for school and I’m late for work. Bumper to bumper the cars wait for green. Go. Go. Go. When the light finally changes the cars in front don’t move. Horns sound off. Then one…

High on a hill lived Vrondil the shepherd and his sheepdog Vox. Vox was an ordinary sheepdog and Vrondil was an ordinary shepherd, except that he had no sheep. Vox secretly believed that Vrondil really ought to have some sheep, being a shepherd and all and this was what Vrondil thought too. Of course he’d…

Tara woke, her body heavy and floppy. Did she have to get up? Everyone else slept on. This wasn’t the long-waking, when the whole family would arise. Her stomach grumbled. She just needed a quick snack, then she could go back to sleep, too. She forced open one eyelid, rubbing away the grit. She stretched…

Karl Engels pulled his concrete-coloured 1998 Honda Civic into the parking lot of Information Technology Solutions. He parked three cars down from his boss’s Audi and sat still as he thought of the day ahead: organise health and safety training for new staff, go over the leave roster for the next six months. Admin was…

Sweat dripped from my brow as I gasped for the jungle air. “You’re strong. You’re so strong,” he said as we heaved ourselves over the mountain. We were meant to go around it, a twenty minute stroll, but a wrong turn led to an eight hour trek through cascades and mire. My soggy socks rubbed…

She keeps them hidden under the flowery paper lining her underwear drawer. Letters. Precious letters from long ago. It comforts her to know they are there, but looking at them hurts. And she doesn’t really need to. She knows the contents by heart. She had been so young. Barely out of school. Just starting teacher…

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