My Home is the Ocean

I stepped outside and sat on the sea-worn wooden rocker, nursing a mug of tea, taking gingerly sips. The morning was crisp, the smell of salt hung heavy in the air. The sun was hidden behind a veil of mist; everything was shrouded in pale smoke. It was mostly silent, tranquil, apart from the crash…

A Lesson in Vigilance

Jessamine’s steps were steady and measured, her posture poised yet it gave off a sense of assertiveness—shoulders back and head held high with a surefire gaze, just as her father had taught her. She had to keep reminding herself to remain this way all throughout the day. Her hands, wrapped in bandage fingerless gloves, were…

The Funeral

Mae didn’t know how she was going to survive the funeral. Not that she could remember much of it so far. She wasn’t even sure if she wanted to remember it, or why it ever happened at all. But the more she let that thought pass through her mind, the more guilt built up inside…

Riley

I stirred. Groggy and disoriented as I was, I was aware of my own blinking, but all I saw was darkness. In my panic, it took me a moment to realise that was in a pitch black room—a cell? Basement? It was freezing cold, my teeth chattered so hard my jaw had begun to hurt….

Unveiled

Heather—or Detective Bertrand as she was always addressed around here—stared at the dead body rigged on of the fire escape. Her eyes narrowed; she felt morbidly curious and sickened all at the same time. She had seen many a grisly murder pockmarking the alleyways of New York during the course of her job, but never…