Be Happy

"Okay," Gina said, "let's get this straight right from the get-go. I am not your love, do you understand, Euan?" Gina fixed an icy stare onto the awkward young man."I'm just saying ... " Euan shuffled his feet and sank his hands deep into his pockets. "Look, why don't we pop into the museum, grab… Continue reading Be Happy


Unexpectedly rising out of the castle top, the giant rose, furrowing his brow and rubbing his nose, just like he might be about to sneeze. Initially, startled by his appearance, beachcombers on the sand below, felt doubly concerned, with rapid assessment given to the potential outcome. “Great giant, God-like seeming in so many ways, disturbed… Continue reading Giant

Like Someone Coming Out of a Trance

Like someone coming out of a trance. Tie-dye pattern, white, blue and lime green hat. How I reached this seismic fashion statement, Known only to Gods and Prophets. Revelations they're not revealing. Noticed on the street. Pedestrians make way, doors held open, traffic stops. Café coffee refills, merely for a presence. 'Live' advertising, Eye-candy snagging… Continue reading Like Someone Coming Out of a Trance

Elena’s Gifts

Outside Pulkovo airport on a fresh, springlike, early summer morning, Alexander wrapped his arms around Elena and positioned an affectionate, slightly moist kiss upon her temple."Missed you." He whispered into her left ear."What?""I said I missed you.""Really? You sounded and looked fine, during our video-chats." Alexander gave Elena a squeeze, pulling her in, ever more… Continue reading Elena’s Gifts


Scientist:"Listen Doctor Wong,You've got it all wrong.No benefits are gained from 'Chinese medicine' concoctions." Doctor:"Blue-eyes, I object.Counter in effect.Our recipes are handed down through generations." Scientist:"Maybe as you say,But Mao Zedong had his way,in 1950 driving forward their popularisation." Doctor:"Young scientist, think you're hip?Well, just you regain your grip!To suggest political necessity and conniving motivation!"… Continue reading Suddenly

A Stroll Along the Quay

"Mike!" Alona shouted, her voice cutting through the mewing seagulls overhead. "You've got to pull yourself together. Come on, let's take a stroll, I need fresh air." Separated by an intentional gap, they headed across the car park towards the quayside. There, under watchful eyes of mothers, a huddle of children leant over the edge… Continue reading A Stroll Along the Quay

Later That Day …

The door to the café crashed open, violently rattling the glass inside its frame, as in stormed a middle-aged gentleman dressed in tweed. "I came as soon as I could." Rebecca heard Dr Brennan say. She watched, as he placed a brown leather briefcase upon the table before her. "You realise that as of yesterday,… Continue reading Later That Day …

Justice at Space Museum

Looking back, it had all seemed so very simple: I understood my orders, I knew my target, his current appearance and exact whereabouts. Although decades had passed, it had been decided. Under no circumstances, I'd been informed, will a secret service operative turned double agent, slip away into a newly invented life and escape final… Continue reading Justice at Space Museum

Will He Ask Again?

Stationary on the driveway, Hattie killed the gentle purr of the electric motor housed under the bonnet of the newly converted and refurbished red Pontiac, 1969 GTO. Seconds before, she'd seen Wyatt watering the flower borders of the front yard outside his house. Despite attempts to avoid eye contact, it had happened. She watched as… Continue reading Will He Ask Again?

A Brief But Furious Struggle

"My name's Samdrew Wilmot-Dickson and today," the camera scoots back from a facial close-up revealing an interior of palatial grandeur, "I am here, to view the centre-piece display, broadcasting live from this year's annual, academy summer show." The presenter walks out of shot revealing two elderly cellists, who commence with playing an Offenbach composition to… Continue reading A Brief But Furious Struggle