Monthly Archives: October 2010

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School Report: A mystery

My best guess is that this was school building, judging by the evidence. Although the layout is unusual, churchlike in places with arching doorways and stained glass windows over the stair well. Upstairs was what I assume to have been the assembly hall, the largest

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Only The Guilt

The force of the explosion scraped paint from the doors and walls in neat cloud-like formations. Inside, twenty-three pairs of parents and children of varying ages fought and scratched and bit and kicked, their attacks raw. Sons and mothers, mothers and daughters, daughters and fathers,

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Empty Chairs

“I wonder if you know that I never understood, that although you said you’d go, until you did I never thought you would” Don McLean I pack some bread and cheese, enough for a few days, and exchange glances with my husband. It should get

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The Mistake

It was born, as so many tragedies are, from an act of compassion. You remember the headlines, of course, the news stories: the new mutation cropping up in so many in utero fetuses, the savagely compromised immune systems that resulted. They needed special care, those

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A New Term

The assembly hall is empty, school’s finished for the day, even the teachers have gone home. In the way of large buildings usually filled with people and noise, it’s creepy, the corridors echo, every shadow takes an uncanny form. I walk down the corridor towards

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Empty Rooms

“Sit down, Mr Grayson,” she said in a firm monotone. The scrape of the chair leg on the floor echoed as he took a seat in the mostly empty hall. He sat, uncomfortably, not taking off the rumbled, grey trench coat that clearly served him