If the public don't have the discipline to watch what they put into their mouths then the state is just going to have to do it for them...
"The lines are always long but no one ever complains about that. It’s to be expected. After all, this service is provided by the government. More than that, it’s for our own good.I shuffle along in the queue. The girl behind the plexi-glass window sees me out the corner of her eye and continues to monitor her customer’s products but I know she is thinking about me. The way she purses her lips gives away her disgust. The buzzer sounds and customer 4572 inserts his card into the payment slot. No unauthorised items. His units are deducted, his items are dispatched into suitable biodegradable packaging and off he goes. Relief obvious on his jowly face."
Ten stories rooted in the world of science fiction - What if Hitler had died of a childhood ailment? Can you really change your destiny? The horrors of more than half a century earlier revisited; childhood games across time and space; the girl who wasn't there; an affair that wasn't what it appeared to be; a cinema visit with a difference; strange beasts on an alien world; a cyclical life; the man in the moon bides his time.
If there is ever an anthology called, "Forgotten Animal Voices Through History" then this story will narrowly miss the cut.
Robert Burns gave an empathic, if presumptuous, perspective; time to hear from the mouse himself.
A man in a suit interrupted the programme.
‘What happened to Noel Edmunds?’ I said.
‘Shhh!’ said Lulu. ‘I want to listen!’
I wanted to know what the banker had said.
The man in the suit kept talking.
‘I swear they’re making it up,’ I said.
Lulu didn’t answer. She just stared into space.
‘I can’t believe I’ll never see my dad again,’ she said.
Not for the first time I feel guilty.
"Run. Hold on to Lizzie’s hand. Don’t Look Back. Look back and you’re dead."
Two sisters try to survive in a post apocalyptic world overrun by the terrifying Evacuators, but the resistance is after them...
Apparently, this story was going to be 'disqualified with merit' from an Earlyworks Press competition...but that was too ridiculous...so they gave it Second Prize! It's on of the stories in Talking To Owls (Pewter Rose Press) and you can hear it read on Vimeo.
Aliens on the Underground...
London Transport would like to apologise for the delay on the Central line this morning. This is due to the discovery of a nest of… um…
The message clicked uncertainly into hissing.
The listening intensity of the passengers increased as they waited, but the driver did not continue.
Ade closed his eyes, waiting for the inevitable explanation.
A couple of lanky adolescents in school blazers eyed each other and started giggling.
‘Nazis?’ said the redhead
‘Vipers?’ responded the blond, although they both knew what had been found.
The train idled a few more feet into the tunnel.
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