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‘Tornado alert in Jones county. Be prepared!’
The Turners lived on a farm on the plains of Kansas., U.S.A. Tornadoes are common there, especially in June.
Ellen Turner turned off the radio and looked out of the window. Across the wide flat fields, all looked calm. But in the distance, clouds were…Continue
When I open my eyes it’s so dark that at first, for a while anyway, I think I’m still unconscious. I try lifting my head, try peering past the darkness, but something hard is directly above me, constricting any movement. Unnnnh, I lower my head again, it hurts to much to move.
What’s happened to me?
“Hello. My name’s Mike and I’m a brain-eating amoeba. Lovely to eat, I mean meet you. There’s no need to look so worried. We brain-eating amoebas get a bad press but we’re not so different from you humans. We love summertime! And swimming! And eating brains!
‘Mild and sweet with a creamy texture,…Continue
I thought for a moment. He was smelly, weird, and grimy; and carried a fake knife – not exactly BF material. But there was something about him too, something that intrigued me. I felt like Bella in Twilight, just not as crap or annoying. Besides, Markus wasn’t dead.
It was his fourteenth birthday. He was sitting on the jetty. He had cycled the seven miles home from school in a pretty strong wind that almost blew him into the side at times, and yet still the lake was as calm as calm can be, no ripples, just a perfect mirror now that it had settled again after he’d rowed across it.…Continue
The mist descended late one September evening. Few people gave it a moment's thought to begin with. It was just another autumn fog, maybe a little thicker than usual. Then there was that curious tingling sensation that spread across your skin like a nettle rash. Nobody worried to begin with. The rash caused itching and a little wheeziness, but it faded quickly enough. It was halfway through the second week since the coming of the mist that…Continue
Tony adjusted his mask and slipped backwards into the water. It seemed a long way down to the bottom. The water was clear enough to allow him to see well for a few metres but further than that everything looked blurry.
Which way should he go? Phil had said there would be markers but he couldn’t see any. Where was Phil anyway? He should be down by…Continue
Looking back, Gina came to understand that it wasn’t her fault. Well, not completely. She hadn’t originally wanted to take the dream pills - that had been Lucy’s idea.
There had been a brief discussion about whether they really should take them but it was so boring in Seazone that the two friends decided that anything to break the monotony of living in the city-under-the-sea was…Continue
‘You!’ I whispered.
‘Hello, old chap!’ said the newcomer.
‘But…but…’ I stammered, ‘How can it be…?’
‘Chin up!’ he replied cheerily. ‘Anyone would think you’d seen a ghost.’…Continue
Kris knew this day was going to be a weird one from the moment he could no longer see his own hands.
One minute they were there; the right one gripping a stubby pencil and defacing his maths exercise book; the left one rapping out a beat with its fingers to the song inside his head. The next minute he could not see them at all.…Continue
As Sam watched the sea level climb up the side of the artificial island, he felt his body tighten with excitement and an edge of fear. The sinking feeling as the enormous island-shaped vessel drove out to sea on its gigantic caterpillar tracks was unlike anything he had ever experienced before. The water foamed and gurgled in a frothing frenzy as it was shouldered aside by the cliffs of metal. Looking down, it seemed to Sam as if the…Continue
Through some thin boulder-crack the snowmelt runs
Leaping the cliff-face in a narrow fall,
Past rock and rock-plant then it picks a trail…Continue
The Shadow on the water
I lazed upon the sun-scorched beach, and
Watched my tiny, freckled, laughing daughter
Splashing in the waves that washed the sand
When, there! a shadow in the…Continue
I put my goldfish on the floor
He isn't very fit
He only did ten sit ups
Then lay still, that was it
I put my hamster in the wash…Continue
The Ballad of the Boat
She took her oars inside the boat,
And set sail from the shore.
She said goodbye to all she knew,
To what she’d see no more.…Continue
KIM AND TIM:
Running into the water
Said she ought to
Help her brother, Tim, learn to swim.
Winter. A surface
Of ice, dead flat and swirled with
Skated lines of dark.
Spring and a soft…Continue
To Bath or to Shower …?
I like it in the bath, you can relax
Pondering life and love and hope and hell;
But in a shower it’s mundane thoughts that tax-
Your mind beneath the soap and…Continue
“Give me a drink,” the little boy said to the waitress of his local coffee shop,
Passing, one sweltering summer’s day.
“Get lost, squirt” she snapped, nearly knocking off his baseball hat,…Continue
A wet day
In the High Street, shoppers glare at the sky,
And turn up their collars.
It’s just a shower.…Continue