Fiction

Escape to her

By Teneille Pedrina “I’m pregnant,” she said. Gabriel stood frozen. “Isn’t that wonderful news babe? I mean, of course, it’s a...

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Me Big Day

By Alison Knight They’ll be coming to fetch me soon. It’s me big day! Lots of people out there. I can hear them through me window....

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The Woman in the Pink Hat

By Jane Downing Rita put her lesson plan to one side in frustration. Her cup of tea was cold. In one way there was too much material on the...

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Violet Town

By Juliett Salom They say he was here. A horse under his legs and the world strapped on his shoulders, they say he came to rob and steal...

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The Poet

By Peter Loveday We climb up into the branches of the old tree, twist off the mandarins and launch them high into the air where they grow...

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Varnana

by Lilanka Botejue “I am not in my right senses. Those eyes, those lips and those beautifully wide hips have long been my lure and my...

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They Hunt Us Now

By Sarah Ebner Bowes We sat, huddled together, in the corner. The sound of bodies hurling themselves at the walls and trees that surrounded...

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Promises by Ian Reid

Ian Reid   PROMISES   He was no longer sure of his whereabouts. He felt not only out of place, but also dislodged from the...

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Dancing with Arthur

by Vashti Farrer   They had swept Mother under their sideboard minds. Like dust. ‘She seemed quite happy when we left her and the...

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My Old Man

by Jack Hutchinson   From time to time I miss my old man. But missing is just memory and memories are a funny thing. I mean, they’re...

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Nom de Guerre

by Shannon Blake   It was too late to stow the typewriter and the photographs away. I could hear Keith stomping on the veranda,...

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Down the Rocky Road

by Malina Douglas   Cara felt tense. She had never done this, yet a need she could not completely explain had driven her to it. The...

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Augustine Manor

by Daniela Abriola   Betty Mullan­—Monday, June 28th 2021 I hadn’t known my Great Uncle Douglas, but apparently, he thought I was...

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Reflections from the Upper Window By Radhiya Fanham

by Radhiya Fanham   ‘Do not mention it, my dear Eliza. it would give me immense satisfaction if I could make myself of use to...

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Absence by Jahin Tanvir

Jahin Tanvir Absence Sergei sat upon the cool patch of grass, his torn trousers up the damp morning dew as he overlooked the sunset. The...

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Take Me Home

by Lyssa Stevens    The gun shots are relentless. Men cry in pain as blood oozes from their wounds, dripping down the walls of the...

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Anna By Lamplight

by Alison Knight   The streetlamp is a thing of beauty. Tall and slender, its neck bows over the footpath in an elegant curlicue....

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When the History of the Future Burned

by Amy Bertacco   A building is only a building until it means something to someone. I was nothing until the people of Alexandria,...

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Stray Dog

by Miles Boyle-Bryant   ‘A fucking woman? I ask for help, and they send a fucking woman?’ ‘Mr. Watkins, I promise you I-’ ‘I...

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Lost and Found

by Sam Johnston   My hands descend into the abyss of shredded bags and rotting food, digging around for the toy. I haven’t even...

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Course of Time

by Peter Loveday   In the afternoon we go down to the vegetable patch to dig up the cat we buried there. No matter how far down we...

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Homeland

by Joshua Kepreotis I knew we had docked in Melbourne because the people around me rushed to the windows of the ship to look at our new...

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Bush Fairies

by Michelle Freckleton Inspired by ‘The Babies in the Bush’ by Henry Lawson   ‘Please, Mumma, please. I’ll hold onto...

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Gumball

by Kristy Cornell For my Grandad, Geoff   ‘You know,’ Ernie said to no one in particular, ‘this war is a load of bollocks.’...

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In Ashes

by Sam Johnston The beat of the mallet echoed between the cracked lime trees. The sign still crooked, the edges chipped away, but the...

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Up Cannibal Mountain

by Reece Pye He keeps his eyes on it even though he is driving, that smooth grey crest protruding from the earth like an ancient monolith....

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Isolation

by Patrick Petraitis Stopping for a moment, Samuel lay his trunk down on the only flat piece of earth he could find and sat upon it. He...

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Lady Alexandra

by Carly Waller Cecelia Green sat before the crackling fire, alone in the library and reading her favourite novel. There was a ball that...

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Nowhere to Go

by Lyssa Stevens Sienna woke to loud bangs and sirens blaring. Confused, she sat up and peeked outside the window. The town was ablaze,...

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Empty Beds

By Janeen O’Connell Mary Allan Monegeetta (Victoria) 9 April 1873 – Good Friday I know he isn’t there, but I reach across to...

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