Witches End

The fishnet lead of the old attic window ensnared the scrub and pines of the forest beyond the front garden, lumpen with snow. But winter’s twilit chill didn’t reach Sam. In fact, winter never reached beyond the bushes, it seemed.  The gardenias were in bloom. Ten bushes that should be dead in this climate, glowed […]

A Love Letter 2217 AD

My particulate scrubbers have filtered lethal impurities for centuries amongst a flickering neon skyline, ever-evolving like a graphic equaliser. As you’ve grown, so have I. So, as you decommission me, treat me with the care I have treated you – I am you in a sense – and know that in three years when I’m […]

Northbound/Southbound

7.56 AM, Ted shouldn’t be going back to work so soon after Adele’s death. A cyclopean headlight swung round the bend.  No one on the platform looked up. ‘There’s only ever one person on it,’ she’d said, pointing at the red tube. Inside sat a distressed man. ‘7.56, every morning…Never stops.’ That was yesterday.  Grief […]

A Horseless Carriage

Harriet rolled her eyes at her brother’s petulant bleating. She supposed this was about her beating him at real tennis after church. A man of nineteen years should know better! ‘Saints preserve us, Freddie!’ Mother called from the kitchen as she prepared water crust pastry. ‘Whatever this “flying cigar” was, I’m sure there’s an explantation…Did […]

Zeus Paces

Who is Prometheus? A fire stealer, a crafty Titan, an all-creature creator. Nevertheless, in the end, he is just someone tied to the clift of Tartarus, with no chance of escape, enduring the pain not even an immortal would be able to handle.  In the end, this man is just like any other creature he […]

Bleeding Trees, from The Immortal Wanderer

by Baransel Kutlu Heavy snow fell as he walked along a hill path. Coming across an orchard standing tall out of a thick field of snow, he continued under the trees, blood red liquid dripping from their bark onto the untouched snow. A red ring sat around the trees marking where they bled. He wiped […]

Dead on Seven

Dead on seven o’clock, the curtains to the theatre rise.  The orchestra’s bows await their cue in pregnant stillness. Marek Parell awaits his own, fixed under a simple spotlight. He’s not moved an inch, yet already grateful applause rolls over the footlights like loving surf. His first solo performance, and all he can think about […]

Bloody Life

ALPHA “Go! Take all the boys and leave the girls,” I heard commander Sesay shout.  I really didn’t quite understand why he was ordering us to do such heart-breaking things, but I wouldn’t dare go against his orders. Not just because he is heartless, but because I feel as though I have to please him […]

The Immortal Wanderer

THE IMMORTAL WANDERER Baransel Kutlu 1 Prologue. Birth and rebirth He was born in the middle of winter. His mother was only sixteen when she had him, alone in the cold comfort of an abandoned stone hut, lit only by white moonlight pouring in through the window. He entered the world with a feint cry. […]

Conflicted

Familiar yet unfamiliar. A piercing gaze confronted his eyes… heavy, dim and lifeless. A dark sea of ash bordered, dominating the pale skin which struggled to surface. Erratic strands of hair clenched a soft face, attempting to cloud a peculiar innocence. The limited figure produced a weak, powerful cry, “Help me…please.” The words seemed forced, […]