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I thought it was a risk worth taking. I was late. I didn't want to get put in detention again. That was why I took the shortcut through the churchyard. That was why I was running and not taking any notice of what was happening around me. At first I thought the dark figure up ahead must be the vicar, angry that I was disturbing the peace of the sacred ground, but this was no holy man. It wasn't a man at all. It wasn't a woman either, nor any…Continue
If I told you, you would probably say it was a blessing. But you have no idea. It's a curse way beyond the meaning of the word.
People always think they want to know the future. They think life is brighter over the horizon.
But when I tell you what I've seen...when I tell you what tomorrow actually…Continue
NO TIME TO HANG
Mohinder had absolutely no problem with hanging upside down. It was something he enjoyed doing when he was younger. The blood rushing to his head would always make him dizzy and he would inevitably flip back to his feet, wobble, and fall down.
Except now he couldn’t because somebody had…Continue
The city sleeps tonight;
A great beast slumbers in its lair.
It sighs with the smoke of factories
Like breath on a Winter’s morning.
It snores with the rumble of trains and…Continue
The Barber of Seville Street
He wraps the cape around me
The opposite way to that of a superhero
Superman uses his to fly
Mine will just catch hair…Continue
The Child-Fairy Queen
Where are they going,
These Child-fairies tiptoeing under the stars?
Threading through pine trees.
“Tread in a line please.”…Continue
Step by Step
Michael marched another mile
Left, right, left, right
His boots were hurting all the while
Too tight, too tight…Continue
Somewhere distant, beyond the mountain peaks,
a far off shimmer, golden light sneaks.
It glitters, gleams, trembles grows,
A rosy glow creeps over soft, white snows."
It was a dark and stormy night
As oft in days of yore,
A night so black no eye could track
The print of werewolf’s paw;
The rain in waves washed o’er the graves…Continue
It was my worst nightmare. I was alone, in the dark, unsure where I was or how I’d ended up there.
It was hard to believe that only a few hours before I’d been lying on a beach in the hot sun with a large fruit punch cocktail in my hand, under a bright yellow umbrella, wearing my brand new orange polka dot bikini. I’d felt so pleased with…
It was Dad’s idea, of course. He’s into all that survival stuff. His idea of a family holiday is crossing the Sahara by camel. We had to drink our own pee. Last year it was Siberia. I lost three toes to frostbite. So when the auditions for a new TV show called Extreme Jungle Family Challenge came up he was first in line. The idea was simple; drop an “ordinary” family into the Amazon rainforest with a couple of video cameras and…Continue
Scratch. Scratch. The sound pulls me from sleep. I burrow under the blankets, try to ignore it. Scratch, scratch. But I can’t. I sigh, and stretch. I’ll have to get up and let the dog into my bedroom, won’t I? He's not allowed, but Mum and Dad are away tonight. No one will know. Scratch, scratch. I open my eyes, then they snap open wider. Next to me, on the bed? The dog. His eyes stare back at mine, and then at the door.…Continue
The house at the end of the street looked quite ordinary, at first glance. It had four windows, each wearing fussy net curtains, a sturdy blue front door and flower-filled hanging baskets on either side of the porch. The number thirteen glittered in the morning sunlight. If it hadn’t been for the two stone lions at the edge of the driveway, I might have continued on my way to school and never noticed anything unusual at…Continue
I have a photographic memory. I only have to see something once, and I never forget it.
It’s my party piece. It’s what I always do for school talent shows. I get people from the audience to call out names, dates, strings of numbers, bits of poetry. I write them all on the whiteboard, look at it once, then I get them blindfold me and recite them all back.…Continue
I found it in the shed at the bottom of the garden, in the dark, at the back. Hidden. Whoever put it there didn’t want it to be found. I would never have come across it if I hadn’t got locked in. While I waited for the others to find me I started foraging around to relieve the boredom. Luckily I had a torch and that’s how I saw it, sticking out from between the pages of an old telephone directory. I opened the book and for several minutes I…Continue
It snowed in the night. By the time I woke up, the snow was so deep that it came halfway up the windows, filling the house with a strange, eerie light. The fields around were white and smooth, all the way to the dark woods beyond, and the road was completely hidden. We were snowed in.
‘Fantastic!’ said my brother. ‘Let’s dig our way out and make an igloo!’…Continue
I remember that we were laughing. I know we weren't looking where we were going, but why should we have expected anything to go wrong? We took that shortcut every day. We always threw our school bags over the wall and then climbed over after them. I was already dropping down on the other side when I realised that I’d heard a splash. Where there used to be solid ground, there was water, and I couldn't stop myself falling in....
Dead things can sound alive when they choose to. Dead things can move around.
At first nothing woke fourteen-year-old Elliott. Tucked up warmly in bed, he failed to notice the mysterious sounds. He didn’t hear the eerie whispered rhymes. Or the sighs. Or the footsteps. Those footsteps came lightly and swiftly towards him – someone or something running incredibly fast up…Continue
One step. Just one step is all that it will take. As I stand upon the cliff edge, I wonder if I’m prepared for this. I’ve triple-checked everything. But there is still the chance that something will go terribly wrong. The countdown in my head has begun...3...2...1...
I don't even know why I said it. I didn't plan to... I was just so fed up of listening to Kelsey and Tasha and Jayde talking about their boyfriends, fed up of feeling left out.
'This must be so boring for you, Jo,' Tasha said, her blue eyes laughing. 'Listening to us going on about boys when you've never even had a date.'…Continue