Category: Issue 09

Why Won’t God Let Me Fly?

– Jane Seaford Outside looked wobbly. Grace closed her eyes hoping that when she opened them the world would have settled back into place. It hadn’t. She made a mug of tea, spilling hot water as she did so. She sat and stared at it and couldn’t remember why it was there or what she should…
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The Shared Bedroom

– Gerard McKeown In the new house I was to have my own room. My mum bought a bunk bed she could ill afford from a fancy furniture shop on Mill Street, but she wanted it in case my brother chose to visit. I slept on the top bunk, though it was smaller. The bottom bunk…
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The Rocking Chair

– Carol McGill The hiss of the kettle brought Maeve out of her reverie. Steam clouded the window as she made her cup of tea. Picking up the plain blue mug that was her favourite, she moved back over to the rocking chair. This was her evening ritual. The chair was varnished to a smooth…
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The Infant Crib Envisaged as a Force for Constraint

– Reggie Mills Today for my birthday my pal Dougy took me out to dinner. Dougy called me this morning and he said Happy birthday. He asked me why I hadn’t gone away for the holidays like practically everyone else of our friends. I said that I wasn’t sure. He said that he wanted to celebrate…
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She Loved Lavender

– Daniel Soule He was at the end of the path at the little green iron gate he painted every three years, but why he was there now escaped him. His hand lay tentatively on the metal. In front of him, the world ambled by as it always did, but behind him, up the short…
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Mrs Flood

– Eoin Devereux When she started to forget, Mrs Flood took to cycling.   At first, she didn’t worry when she couldn’t remember people’s names, her nieces’ birthdays or what day of the week it was.  “That’s just old age” she’d murmur to herself.  But after a while her confusion cascaded and it frightened her. On…
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Kindling

– Ruth Bennett After much deliberation, she’d settled on her favourite dress. The colours weren’t as vibrant as they used to be, but she knew it was flattering. She extricated a bracelet from the tangle of jewellery that was usually left untouched and spent at least a minute searching for a matching pair of earrings….
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Francesco

– Stephen McGurk “Si! Si! Tomorrow the catch comes!” Francesco shouted to the dock. “Si! Si! “Tomorrow” always “Tomorrow” you say.  Today is already tomorrow.  Then you bring me what you owe.  You understand?” Everyone knew Francesco had the cheapest berth in the harbour.  And that he’d had it for years.  Signori had squeezed him…
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Bright, Shiny Things

– Carolyn Batcheler March 15 Amelia always took the same route to work, she called in at Nero for her coffee to keep her awake and the slightly longer walk counted towards her 10,000 steps a day. She passed all the usual shops but there was one that always caught her eye. It had a bay…
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@2016Evie

– Lane Ashfeldt   WHEN SHE GETS OFF THE 16 BUS, there’s not much time before her flight’s due. Which is kind of good — no chance to fuss or get nervous. She has to keep moving: do security, a quick stop at the screens for her gate number, then race down the walkway to boarding…
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