A Cold Embrace

Baptism The car was wedged between the banks with the stream reaching the door sills. When they came to a final rest, they were facing back up the slope down which they had unintentionally travelled. Ian was slumped over the wheel, a deep cut to his temple letting blood at an unhealthy rate. Sue and... Continue Reading →

Into The Arms Of Death

An embrace to remember. Thye had made a break for it and stole the keys to a vehicle. Now they were out on the open road travelling at a steady speed. Louise sat in the front, holding Sam the toddler she claimed as her own and Ian drove. Ian never mentioned the past, he just... Continue Reading →

Bad Man Cometh

For Christmas. ‘The mother’ shifted uncomfortably and a low moan escaped her. “Yes, that’s what your dad became. He wasn’t always like that.” The conduit had opened and the boy was released from his silence. “Was it the bad man who did this? Was it he one with the sweet songs?” A little perturbed, Michael... Continue Reading →

The Dead Of Winter

The one truly overlooked benefit of buying a Volvo was that, as a free introductory gift for a limited period only, every new Volvo estate was sold with a free set of snow chains! Laura had often wondered what the chains were meant to be used for and had resigned herself to never knowing. Michael,... Continue Reading →

Big Footed Naked Guy With Bells

No goodwill to all men. Chris could not wait. As soon as the sky began to lighten, he rushed towards the bedroom into which Graham and Judith had returned. His knocking, so insistent, awoke more than those he had intended to awake. A very tired looking Judith peaked through the gap between door and frame.... Continue Reading →

Lovely Weather For A Sleigh Ride

Together, at last... The Daimler had been a great idea, its drive was as sure as its ultimate destination. Liam had taken it in a moment of outrageous inspiration. A hearse to cart away his dead self. After the attempted assassination, with the thrill of the fight still surging through his veins, Liam had an... Continue Reading →

Ingredients for Rabble-Rousing

Arguing The Indefensible Washington (CNN) "After puzzling comments about 19th Century abolitionist Frederick Douglass and marveling that no one knew Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, President Donald Trump has just unloaded another historical non sequitur. In the latest strange aside, Trump said that Andrew Jackson, the populist rabble-rousing President with whom he has begun to... Continue Reading →

Oh come all ye…

Come let us rejoice... When Laura woke, she was aware that it had not been a natural break in her sleep, but that something had disturbed her. She listened for clues. They had finally stopped for the night, their ever expanding troop squashed into a tiny cottage which would have been, she was sure of... Continue Reading →

Deck The Trees…

In The Dark Mid-Winter Meanwhile, Graham had limited himself to just a few glasses of the highland nectar. The effect upon him was quite profound after weeks of abstinence and he found the situation most agreeable. What could be better than a winter break, in a beautiful castle with friends? Planning to sight see all... Continue Reading →

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