The Piper 65 Passover

Laura and her son sat in the car still catching their breath. They had managed to put some distance between themselves and the schoolbefore it blew. The force of the explosion had taken them off their feet. “No injuries, Michael?” He looked at himself briefly and shook his head. “You?” “No, Michael, I’m fine. Where... Continue Reading →

The Piper 64

There was silence between them as they pulled on the cords. They were pulling their own weight and that was a task. They were working in darkness with a shaft of vague light indicating their destination. They toiled knowing that every moment counted. Muscles ached and burned until, at last, they reached the hatch. Michael... Continue Reading →

The Piper 63

There was nobody there to see them as they entered the school. Laura and Nick were aware of the gathering in the hall and chose to detour it. On the floor before them was a trail made by dozens of muddy feet. The trail led away from the assembly hall and towards a flight of... Continue Reading →

The Piper 62

They could hear the moaning as they reached the false door. Even from within the storeroom, the sound of fear and desperation filled the air. “Be as quiet as you can. We don’t want anyone to hear us.” Chris wanted to say, “Yes, Graham,” but didn’t. Suddenly all the mischief had gone out of him. Beyond... Continue Reading →

The Piper 61

Flowers’ plan appeared to be moving like clockwork. However, whilst the assembled school was being moved towards the basement, Chris, Michael and Mr Hunter were moving along the underground passages. Their intention was clear; they would somehow smuggle out the captives. The one part of the plan that did not bear up to scrutiny was... Continue Reading →

The Piper 60 (does it never end?)

The explosion confirmed their deepest fears. The boys had made it to the prearranged classroom just before the blast. Graham could see that a change had come upon both of the lads. Something had stolen the last ounce of their youthful optimism. It was the same something that was preying upon them all and, if... Continue Reading →

The Piper 59

It was a forced march to some secret place. “Oh, Mr Flowers is going to look forward to seeing you. It seems that you broke your promise to him and that can’t be good. I think, and this is just a conservative guess, that he will take a long time exacting his revenge. I think... Continue Reading →

The Piper 57

Somewhere else in that ominous corridor between dark and dawn, another car kicked into life. Joel Podrall had made it back to his home and had stolen the keys that belonged to his mother’s new boyfriend. They had been sleeping, probably drunk when he had entered and he smiled as he left. He knew what... Continue Reading →

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