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Continuity of power

As the Prime Minister left the chamber, he smiled. His final appearance at the dispatch box had gone precisely as he’d hoped it would, neither a complete triumph nor a total disaster. He knew what the members of his Cabinet would say to each other

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Pointed conversation

Long after the last visitors had left for the day, in those hours after dusk fell but before night commenced, they summoned him. He entered the big room, wiping the sweat from his forehead and cursing. They ignored the former, and didn’t care about the

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Dinner For Two

This year, the restaurant was in London. Had you asked passers by how long it had been there, of the many answers you would have received, none would have been remotely accurate, whether weeks or years. But, as the door opened and the demon stepped

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Permament Marker

The restraints were the first thing he noticed when consciousness returned; thick leather pressed into his forehead and he wondered whether it would leave a mark. The thought seemed puzzlingly amusing, but his body was lethargic and he couldn’t have laughed even had he wanted

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Death Across The Decades

Death had started from this place decades ago. The short slim man wearing the thin brown leather jacket knew that but he continued to climb the structure. Three decades ago, this assembly of machinery and scaffolding and metal had known the sharp crack of a

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The Last

To my certain knowledge, I am the last intelligent being left on the planet. And I will be gone, soon, maybe. Once, long ago, when the skies were blue, and the oceans still poison free, there had been billions of humans, trillions of animals, but