Chapter 2.50 – Grounds For Dismissal

Caleb very rarely slept, so waking up was an unusual activity in the first instance. When he did sleep, it was for short bursts, in a dark, almost empty room. Not this colourful crowded one, full of paintings, knickknacks and plants. His bedsheets were crisp and immaculate from years of serving only as mattress decoration,Continue reading “Chapter 2.50 – Grounds For Dismissal”

Chapter 2.47 – Least Rubbish Option

Beth had poured Ralf another glass of her gin and lemon concoction and handed it over. “I used to make these all the time in my former life of barmaid,” she laughed. “Not for the patrons; they only wanted beer. Cheers!” She tapped her glass against his and sat back in her chair, still talkingContinue reading “Chapter 2.47 – Least Rubbish Option”

Chapter 2.46 – Saccharine

“Do you still take your tea with fourteen spoons of sugar, Broof?” Sage sang towards him as the pot finished brewing with a precise ping! “No, I’m down to six now. Thank you,” Broof said, lifting the mug he was offered, before Sage could place it on the coaster-less countertop, and taking a small sip.Continue reading “Chapter 2.46 – Saccharine”

Chapter 2.45 – Neck Booze

There was no electricity in this house so once the battery died, it was over. Melinda had been calling Chuck from Lilith’s phone on and off for most of the night, redialling after every drop, hampered as she was by the poor signal. Lilith had busied herself, while she awaited Caleb’s return, by seeing toContinue reading “Chapter 2.45 – Neck Booze”

Chapter 2.44 – Run Wild

Disclaimer: Violence/bloodshed/gore, psychedelic crisis (a bad trip), Saith. Definitely dipping into the ‘horror’ element here, folks. He would never admit it, but the sheer effort of holding himself together after that final lie, followed by an attempt to mist both himself and Faith, had pushed Seth to the absolute limit of his power. He knewContinue reading “Chapter 2.44 – Run Wild”

Chapter 2.43 – And Blow

Note: drug use, description of medical procedures In his pink, plastic, shell-shaped seat at the gurgling bubble machine in the technicolour basement, Caleb awaited further instruction. Wyatt – who was starting to smell a little less offensive – had decided to join him and Roxie, but Caleb had no idea who the bearded man sittingContinue reading “Chapter 2.43 – And Blow”

Chapter 2.41 – Digging It

The loop of yarn slithered off between the tips of her two needles and disappeared into the weave. April stared in despair at the uneven, gappy strip of knitting that it had taken her four hours to make. Four hours and it still looked more like a baggy, uneven lace than a cohesive fabric. NoContinue reading “Chapter 2.41 – Digging It”

Chapter 2.40 – Rainbowland

Note: drug use/influence Still no word. Wyatt thought his mother would be back by now, but he was part-relieved that she wasn’t as he wasn’t exactly following the recipe she’d left for him. Nor the checklist. It had been a long time since Wyatt had had company, besides his mother, during his store shifts. TheContinue reading “Chapter 2.40 – Rainbowland”

Chapter 2.39 – Fair Game

Note: Very dark topics and very bright shirts “Right on time again; you’re certainly precise!” Sage enthused as she welcomed Caleb into the store. “You look just wonderful, Thor!” Caleb wasn’t so convinced. The shirt he was wearing was easily the brightest garment he’d ever worn in his existence. He had modelled it for AprilContinue reading “Chapter 2.39 – Fair Game”