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, […]

Sweet War

The Blitz – 1940, London “Miss! A gracious lady like you shouldn’t be walking on these hell-coated streets!” shouted a man carrying a mildly torn portmanteau, busily hurrying to the direction of the train station. Allison Bradshawe smirked to herself. She wasn’t planning on leaving the city to the safety she knew her family would […]

Forgotten War

Dearest Wife, I know there were thousands of questions that stormed your mind when I first showed my face, and that I failed to answer them.  At first I consoled myself that it was for your own safety and well-being. But please understand that we all had our secrets to keep from the world on […]

The Ultimatum

That was the first time he saw him. Though frail, there was a powerful energy emanating from him. He didn’t know what it was, but Fritz was drawn to him, and through the blazing, amber eyes of this pathetic, worthless, Jewish man, he saw something more. Despite having seen and even spoken at this man […]

Family Secrets

On a Wednesday and a Friday every week, they would visit their grandmother’s beautiful home in the suburbs – big enough for a family, but she was all alone. As they approached on the winding path to the grand front door, she watched them with an inscrutable expression, hunched in a corner rocking chair that […]

Fireflies in the Sky

It was the middle of civil war between the people of the KDPI and the imperial state of Iran. The year was 1985. The atmosphere: it had seen better days… Wails of local defendants arose from every crowded ward, medics and family members alike sharing a reservoir of tears for the lost.  And Cyrus’ hellish […]

Seven Minutes

One A balmy breeze stroked Cecilio’s skin as he skipped through the Farnborough meadows with his five-year-old daughter, Aleida. Hand in hand the father daughter duo created a pathway in the high grass, trampling on the daisies that began to sprout out of the ground. Exhausted, the pair reached the small cottage they lived in […]

The Unholy War

October 6 1973 – Yom Kippur, a day of atonement On the holiest night of the Jewish calendar, a holy war would ensue. A secret assembly would take place first, a conference of powerful individuals plotting their next course of action. This assembly of men had representatives from both of the great military alliances of […]

The Turn of the Tide

Act 1, Scene 1 July 16th 1918 (AM) The free space on the stage is minimal, with rustic wine barrels towered over the actors, which lends the basement a confined atmosphere. Upstage there are three narrow slits no bigger than those found in prison, with a mesh sheet that replaces the poorly removed glass, exposing […]

The Allied Lady

Chapter 1 12 May 1940, Cologne “Why can’t you understand, Gertraud?” Max started raising his voice. “It is too late my love.” He pulled out the dark wooden chair and sat down. His head sank into his hands as if he had lost a bet in a horse race. A big bet. Gertraud was leaning […]