Night Terror – Chapter 1

Betrayed Luella sat in the darkness of her bedroom and tried to process her feelings. She couldn’t bear to have lights on as the big wedding picture of her and Wes was on the wall facing her. The picture bought back memories, none of them pleasant. Her face expressed no emotion but inside those emotions…

Katie’s Wedding – Chapter 3

Scene 3 – Friendship Renewed Stella and Calvin Campbell had been excited to reconnect with Naomi Renaldo and had invited Naomi and Kate for Thanksgiving celebration. With Thomas there and other close relatives on the Campbell side of the family that would fill their large home to the brim. In between Stella had made a…

Katie’s Wedding – Chapter 2

Scene 2 – Reconnection “Tommy? Tommy Campbell?” Thomas spun around in surprise. No one had called him Tommy since he was a kid and that seemed to be a long time ago. Tom mostly, or even Thomas when he was in trouble with his parents maybe, but even those lapses were long ago. He had…

Katie’s Wedding – Chapter 1

Scene 1 – Child Bride Katie looked up from the doll cradle at her friends who were sitting playing with furniture in the doll house. There was something missing in this scene. Every home should have a man and every girl with a baby should have a husband. She turned to her friend Betty. “Can…

Duane’s Folly – Chapter 2

Consequences Duane was swept downhill into the dam through to the concrete runoff and over the top into the raging stream below. The fence into neighbouring property had been destroyed by floating tree missiles and he swept through broken and lifeless. As neighbour Charles Matherson emerged later to begin an inspection of damage to his…

Duane’s Folly – Chapter 1

The Storm Duane looked through the window anxiously. Trees were still bending under force of cyclonic gusts while pieces of corrugated roofing were peeling off occasionally joining sundry other flying objects on their path of destruction. His eyes opened wide in surprise as they followed the direction of a crashing sound and he saw one…

दत्तु (Datu)

The Paan Wallah prepared betel leaf with areca nut as Datu waited patiently. He never tired of watching the process as the stall holder worked his trade. The Paan Wallah held out his hand before handing over the final product and gave his red stained teeth grin. Datu reached into his money pouch and produced…

Family Pets

“Daddy we want to have a little kitty to play with. Hulda next door has one and it’s so cute, when you put it on your lap it vibrates.” Father Jock looked over the top of his newspaper and glanced at his wife who, like any woman had her ears alert to sounds coming from…

Jun Jie – Chapter 3

Moving Up Jun Jie was at the office early on Monday morning and waited patiently for Zheng to arrive and open the agency office for the day. Zheng was uncertain how to deal with the situation and waited to see what eventuated when Mr Wu arrived. If Jun Jie was to be employed she hoped…

Jun Jie – Chapter 2

Career Change Zheng fumbled for her keys. It was her duty to open the Orchard Road office each morning. The big bosses were sometimes late having cared for important tour groups during regular late nights, and the remainder of their tour guides would already be at the various hotels facilitating the commencement of regular tourist…

Jun Jie – Chapter 1

Family in Transition Jun Jie stood at the entrance of their apartment and looked out from the balcony over the street below. She enjoyed their apartment where her mother Lanfen and younger brother Chi shared a three-bedroom unit. Raising her eyes, she could see high rises in both directions as she turned her head from…

Forced Migration

  Up through the scrub on a winding trail At the dawn of a sun kissed day I strained for the sight of the black snake tail Nearly walked on it yesterday.   For ‘twas there on the trail I’d recoiled in shock When the stick stood up in haste, To retreat with speed ‘neath…