Posts tagged “flash fiction

Lost and Found

Posted on February 3, 2012

I kept staring at the date on the calendar. One year since she vanished. One whole year since my world stood still. I tried to replay those last moments but my mind refused to let them in, shutting them out and protecting me from the horror of it all. Occasionally her face would flicker into view, laughing and smiling then it would be gone in an instant and I would be left with nothing. Just an emptiness that overwhelmed me. I got up and walked to the window. Our window, where we had hugged and dreamt of our future together. Now there was only blackness. I stared out, hoping to see her but all I saw was my own reflection; a gaunt, hunched and…

The Heron

Posted on February 2, 2012

My wife told me that she had bought a heron the other day. She said that it would stop the seagulls eating the goldfish in the pond. I tried to understand why she had done such a thing but decided not to question her decision. You see she had not been herself for some time and this was just another instance of her increasing eccentricity. It had come on quite suddenly when she had turned fifty and there had been a marked change in her personality. I put it down to the menopause at first but then her mood swings became more extreme. One minute she would be smiling and laughing, the next she would burst into tears and say that she did not…

Pick Up

Posted on February 2, 2012

He knew she was the one the minute he saw her. He had driven past on the opposite side of the road and spotted her standing by the bus stop in the pouring rain. He drove past again, gave her a cursory glance then, turning at the next island, approached her. He stopped alongside, wound down the window and spoke. “Sorry to bother you but I’m a little lost. Do you know the way to the M3?” She hesitated then stepped forward. He could see that she was about 18, frail but pretty all the same. “If you carry on down this road to the next island and then turn left, it’s about 4 miles that way. You can’t miss it. You’ll see the…