Solace

“And that’s the name we’re going with?” Awkward glances were shared around the boardroom. “This suggestion actually came from the Directors,” Todoroki explained quietly. Of course, Maeve thought. This had the Company written all over it. Names were everything to the directors of Cruemann Haines, and this one, she realised, would be more important than…

Harrow’s End

“Told you to bring a map.” “We don’t need a map.” “We’re lost.” “We are not lost! Just pull it up on Google.” “Are we nearly there yet?” “Google? We’re in the middle of nowhere! What Wi-Fi am I supposed to use?” “Use your gees.” “What?” “You know, three gees.” “3G, is that what you…

Dead World

The ship’s computer chirped helpfully, rousing the man. Jarvis gave himself a shake and then pulled out of the seat. After giving his suit another quick glance, he took a tired step towards the airlock. “One Moment, Please,” the computer declared. Jarvis heaved a sigh and licked his lips anxiously. He shifted his weight from…

Tenants From Hell

Mrs Bigsby was, in technical terms, a mad, old cat-lady. Nine of the creatures ambled imperiously around the flat, whilst countless photos of tabbies, sphynxes and cheshires stared down from the walls. Every conceivable surface was dusted with a thin layer of cat hair, and the musty smell dominating the cramped flat could only be…

Final Report

This is the final entry of Maryanne Kerne, captain of The Providence. I had hoped to make this entry back on board, but given what we’re about to do, and likelihood of our success, I thought it prudent to write it here and now. At least that way, if anyone should be unfortunate enough to…

Dosage

Alice snapped the medical bag shut and turned her calming smile back onto the girl. Her once flushed face was already returning to its usual complexion. "There," Alice murmured, stroking the girl's shoulder, "that wasn't too bad, was it?" The child shook her head, nervously plucking at the fresh Patch on her mottled arm. "Ah,…

The Poison Leaf

Penny found the bookshop wedged between a bank and a Tesco Metro. It was shoved in so tight between the two,  it looked as if the architects of the neighbouring buildings hadn’t even noticed it during construction. The entrance to the shop was set down a narrow alleyway, so tight in fact that Penny, a…