Chapter 3.23 – The Rot

Warning: the final scene of this chapter, beginning when you see Faith, contains self-harm and negative thought processes that may be distressing or triggering. Skip this one if you feel these issues may affect you. Stay safe. https://www.mind.org.uk/ AJ was thoroughly pissed off. She had half a mind to head straight back home and spendContinue reading “Chapter 3.23 – The Rot”

Chapter 3.22 – Peachy Blob

“Good afternoon. It’s time for your hourly news round-up with me; Lorna Broad-Castor. Today’s headlines on Tuesday 16th May 2017 – yes, it’s still only halfway through May; I know this year is lasting forever. “There has been a minor breakthrough in the case of the missing daughter of the late, great Sandy Moss. AfterContinue reading “Chapter 3.22 – Peachy Blob”

Chapter 3.17 – Fires of Hell

How did this whole thing get worse each time? Wyatt had suffered this presentation multiple times over the years; every time his mum got a whiff of him having any interest in anyone or hearing through the grapevine that he’d got himself a new squeeze, out came The Chart. He could reel off, verbatim, everyContinue reading “Chapter 3.17 – Fires of Hell”

Chapter 3.14 – Useless?

Seth shifted and felt the too-tight fabric strain across his thighs as he moved. His folding pocket knife, the only one that he could fit in the dainty, largely decorative pockets of his jeans, had wedged itself under his hip bone and no amount of subtle repositioning would fix it. No, he wasn’t comfortable, butContinue reading “Chapter 3.14 – Useless?”

Chapter 3.12 – Distraction

Jessica took a deep, centring breath and approached the house. She took out the shiny business card Morag had given her. It had a picture of an alien on one side and simply the address on the back. Like it was some edgy, highly secretive society she was joining and not the local oddballs. SheContinue reading “Chapter 3.12 – Distraction”

Chapter 3.11 – Moral Hole

This penthouse was amazing. The jerk who’d previously owned it had evidently lived here alone, was clearly loaded and the best part, loved his games. There was everything from old-school arcade machines to motion gaming mats and VR headsets. Faith had tried to play those, but kept being asked for passwords she didn’t know. SheContinue reading “Chapter 3.11 – Moral Hole”

Chapter 3.10 – Hanky-Panky

On the bus ride home, Jessica had tried to think of a valid excuse for not honouring her invitation to the so-called GliTS HQ, aka, Pixie’s dad’s house. She understood, and was appreciative of, the offer of company and friendship – for someone so generally cheerful and chatty, Jessica couldn’t say that she had manyContinue reading “Chapter 3.10 – Hanky-Panky”

Chapter 3.06 – This Secret

Caleb had learned that searches were not limited. But that was all he’d learned. He rubbed his aching temples and closed his eyes, resting for a moment from the flickering images before him. How did humans look at these things all day? Frustration was starting to get the better of him. He had not beenContinue reading “Chapter 3.06 – This Secret”

Chapter 3.03 – Guillotine

Note: blood When it became apparent that April was as settled as she could be, Melinda sneaked out of Caleb’s bedroom and into the tiny bedroom next door. She dug through the craft basket, looking for the brightest yarn she could find and idly began to knit, to no pattern in particular. The monotonous actionContinue reading “Chapter 3.03 – Guillotine”

Chapter 3.02 – Peripheral Vision

Lilith wandered the sitting room gazing at the weathered photographs and sketches and thumbing through Sage’s collection of big band records until she heard the singing stop in the adjacent room and the water stop running. She listened to the pad of feet as they faded across the hallway. Then, Lilith waited a further tenContinue reading “Chapter 3.02 – Peripheral Vision”