The Tiger

 Her skirt was lifted up and over her knees, revealing a pair of worn pink slippers and tights three shades too orange against her pale legs. An unlit cigarette hung from the corner of her thin lips. Her children fretted, telling her to quit, listing the diseases that may kill her – Didn’t she know […]

Theodora Sings

‘Theodora, Theodora,’ he chants at me. He’s a sorrowful adventurer, and he’s back. Back, yet not back. ‘Theodora, Theodora, she’s the bird I knew I’d fall for.’ He giggles to himself and jerks, as if he’s just remembered something. Is he happier now? I was here when the doctors found him dribble – giggling in the […]

The Heredity of Memory

She hasn’t known me for years; instead of throwing hugs she just casts spears, her careworn face now lined with meanness. It’s hard believing things mother once told me: ‘I’ll love you evermore.’ It started with the bears she saw supping in the gloaming. ‘Four of them, as real as day, with teacups of bone […]