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 […]

Poe

My body hurts as I lay on the hospital bed, staring at the walls, waiting for her to visit me, to comfort me. To see her in all her beauty again would bring joy to my sick heart. Virginia stands in silence in her white dress against the hospital’s white-tiled walls. She doesn’t say a […]

Wrong

‘Why did you do that?’ ‘Emma and Winston lied…I didn’t do it!’ ‘You already said that!’ A police officer suddenly interrupts Olivia’s speech and spits on the ground. ‘In my opinion, she is just a petty poor person who was trying to strike it rich overnight,’ another policeman chimes in. Olivia sits on an old, […]

The Driver and I*

Written by Amina Yussuf and Umar Pirbhai I told him the station. He replied “Okay.” I proceeded to buckle my seatbelt. I glanced over at my phone making sure he was going the right way. He was. I started playing games on my phone, every few minutes checking the app to see if he’s still […]

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 […]

Before It’s Too Late

Yicheng Teng When she opens the door to the antique shop, a little bell rings to alert the owner that a customer has entered. There is very little lighting inside, and not a single other customer. In fact, to the woman who has just entered, it appears to be closed. A short old man with […]

The Breaking Point

Simon Chen The full moon was the only light that could be seen in the velvet sky when an abrupt sound of broken branches cried through the cemetery like a boy had been cut by a knife.   A figure appeared, staggering from nowhere, gasping. It was a 20-year-old woman. Her wrinkled dress was messy with […]

Dream with Death

Simon Chen She was in her childhood forest again: her hair was still crimson silver, but her face had no wrinkles. She had become younger. She wore her hoody again, and she had a pack of food and drinks in her hand, enough for her to travel three days. The forest had not changed much: […]

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 […]