Lit Up

She sat down slowly on the steps. They were cold and wet, but she didn’t care. The silence around her felt strange. The city should have been buzzing with life this shortly before Christmas. Though the sky was already pitch black, it was only late afternoon. She shook the thoughts away. She knew life wasContinue reading “Lit Up”

Grain of Salt

She took a gulp of coffee, when her phone beeped. Her mum had hung up on her again. She couldn’t believe it. Her finger tapped the call button again. The sudden jingle made her jump. Hot coffee burned her hand as it spilled out of her mug. “Mum?” she asked, her eyes jumping back andContinue reading “Grain of Salt”

The Visitor

The jingle of the door made her look up, but there was no one. She shrugged and reached for her book again. Perhaps it was just the wind.  She pulled her legs up on the chair into a fetal position.  Late nights were the worst, yet she needed the money. There was another jingle. AgainContinue reading “The Visitor”

Anniversary

A smile tugged at her lips as she took a step closer. “This is adorable,” she said, her voice hushed.  It was their one-year anniversary. She hadn’t thought he’d even remember.  She took another step closer, the field of flowers spreading out in front of her.  It was one of a kind. “Just for you,”Continue reading “Anniversary”

Playing With Fire

“I can’t believe we’re finally twenty-one,” she said softly.  I shook my head mutely. It had been a long wait. I looked over at her, about to smile at her, but something caught my eye. Her face was caught in the flame of her sparkler. She looked mesmerized. “Mia?” She stared at the flame forContinue reading “Playing With Fire”

Gone

He bent down on the wooden planks, his old bones creaking as he leaned towards the shoes. The material was a faded grey, washed far too many times. He remembered wanting to throw them out. He almost had, he remembered smiling. But then she’d begged him. Pleaded with her wide emerald green eyes that heContinue reading “Gone”

Darkness

She could only see the soft glow of the lantern ahead of her. It was disquieting. She’d always loved the darkness, but tonight it felt unsettling. Fear of the dark was one of the most widespread fears, she remembered reading once. As she hurriedly moved along the street, her hoodie pulled tightly around her body,Continue reading “Darkness”

Through the Puddle

The bench he decided to sit on was wet with rain, but he didn’t really care. It had stopped raining an hour ago, but even that didn’t really register with him. He felt totally isolated, as though cut off from the world. Staring at the puddles on the ground, he felt the world keep spinningContinue reading “Through the Puddle”

Forgiveness

I watched the hand curl around the door, the long fingernails digging into the wood. In the shadowy moonlight, I could see the knuckles turning white. The door creaked. It was standing half ajar, but I was sitting in the dark, hidden away from the outside. All I could see was the door. The doorContinue reading “Forgiveness”

Appreciating the Wine

She looked down at the food and wine, and suddenly felt sick. He had wanted to talk to her, that’s all he had said. Excited, she had gone grocery shopping, twirling through the room as though she was getting married. Well, that’s exactly what she was hoping was going to happen. She thought he wantedContinue reading “Appreciating the Wine”