Cultural Adaption

Ahmed gazed with astonishment at the children of the family next door playing in their front yard. He was aware the name of the game in English was basketball. Since his family had moved into the neighbourhood from the detention centre where refugees had been processed over countless months he’d lost track of time, and troubles in his homeland were beginning to fade from his … Continue reading Cultural Adaption

A Happy Reunion

Richard Cuthburtson put down his book and stared into the distance. The ship coming over the horizon first showing up as a dot had now morphed into a recognizable cruise ship. He’d been fascinated since arriving in this rental park with the frequency of shipping traversing the coastline. Most times they were trading vessels including container ships plying the waters from foreign ports to the … Continue reading A Happy Reunion

Stewart Grant

Gwendoline Coventry had been stewing over the report from her son David all night and hadn’t had much sleep. She’d snapped at the maid and shouted at the gardener this morning and they were tiptoeing around her cautiously as they did their work trying to stay out of her way. This was the day the women in this street customarily enjoyed a card afternoon at … Continue reading Stewart Grant

ABAEZE

Abaeze whispered to his friend Benjamin in the most spoken Nigerian Yoruba language apart from the national official spoken language English as the truck sped through the Chunnel on its way through to their destination in the UK. They had relatives there who’d assist them to melt into the underworld of illegal immigrants and find them work that would care for their survival needs bypassing … Continue reading ABAEZE

Sri Shaktiwalaji

Shaktiwala sat crossed legged on the wooden platform above the bags of grain on prominent display in his shop. He surveyed the village and constant movement of people of different classes in the caste system as they made their way around the village carefully avoiding contact with each other and keeping within permitted limits. He was lost in thought as he contemplated his situation. Everyone … Continue reading Sri Shaktiwalaji

Christopher’s New Year Present

Christopher Miles sat thoughtfully gazing out the window at the palatial grounds spread out before him. Not bad for a thirty-year-old guy he thought to himself but there was no pleasure in the thought of his prosperity at such an early age. The most treasured asset he valued had departed a month earlier taking his two children with her leaving him to celebrate Christmas alone. … Continue reading Christopher’s New Year Present

The Best Christmas Present

Chris had always been a great fan of presents from his earliest years. The excitement of wrapping and tying with a ribbon then taking a card and writing the name of the one intended to receive the present was a labour of love in his childhood. He liked receiving presents and he liked giving presents in equal measure. It was a ritual instilled in him … Continue reading The Best Christmas Present

Corporate Crime Chapter 3

Kidnapped At 5am Maria came to gently shake Marvin awake and led him to Patrick’s office where the three of them sat together while Marvin repeated the story. Patrick smiled. “Now isn’t this a coincidence. We have been working on criminal activities in connection with retirement homes along with other major crimes where huge amounts have been funnelled out of rich families through old residents … Continue reading Corporate Crime Chapter 3