Blowing Leaves

Silvia’s stomach flipped as she ran to answer the front door. Through the glazed window panes, she saw a dark silhouette with a peaked cap. The police emblem slightly brighter than the surrounding material. She took a deep breath and opened the door. Pasting on a smile. “Is Harvey here?” asked the officer. “He won’t […]

Midnight Delivery

“She’s got hyperacusis,” said the brawny neighbour. “Hyper what?” asked Garrett. He was finding out all sorts of fun community facts with his new delivery job. His favourite part of the job was gossip on the side. “Sound hurts her ears. We never see her outside anymore.” “What caused it?” The man ignored him. Staring […]

China Dogs

The white Staffordshire china dog stands on the mantel.  Guarding the living room in silence.  Its twin long since lost to a fatal crash to the floor.  The dog waits for the cat to dare again.  To approach. A sudden bark.  Prompts hissing cat departure.  Weak revenge better than none. Share on twitter Share on […]


Detective Singh hung up the phone and spun around in his chair to face the squad room. “There’s been another one,” he announced. “Another what?” asked Gill. Singh stuck out his left leg and began tapping it to and fro in time to his singing. “You put your left foot in! You put your left […]

Chocolate Gift Tradition

Over the holidays, we discovered a gift at our doorstep. “What is it?” asked the child. “Chocolates from our hermit neighbour,” said His Highness. “She leaves them every year.” He ripped off the glittery wrapping paper. Fancy chocolates from Daniel Le Chocolat Belge. Yummo. While he wasted time checking the chocolate identification codes, I identified […]

Told Ya So

“Just one more. Please?” He clasped his hands and blinked his large doe brown eyes. Karol looked at Pete, plumped in his pillows. His headboard bookcase was already neatly packed full of books. Horizontal stacks rose from the top shelf. Multi-coloured stripes of green, brown, red, black, blue. “Ya so.” He squealed, and jumped out […]

Snorkeling Romance

It was my first time for snorkeling romance. I was so excited. It was at the Champagne Reef off Dominica Island, an emerald jewel dropped into the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Barney and I slipped off the dive boat, into the lovely warm water, and off we went. Everyone on the dive […]

Tubsy and the Trauma of Oz

Zoe sat on her coiled rag carpet holding Tubsy in her arms. Gently feeding Tubsy her bottle of water. Tubsy’s eyes were almost completely closed against her flushed pink cheeks. A bottle always made her sleepy. When Tubsy was finished, Zoe took off her little diaper and popped Tubsy into her light blue bathtub. A […]

Beach Dog Games

Me and Josh knelt on the warm sand. The quartz crystals sparkling up at us from the bright sunshine. Muffin sat nearby, her black curly head tilted to one side. Doggy supervising our building efforts. We were on the third sandbar away from the shore where most people liked to lounge and play. Packing the […]

Study 421: Rotary

“I can fix you,” muttered Doctor Bell. She struggled against the restraints. Uselessly. He selected a bit. Sizing it to her ear canal until satisfied. The drill buzz was louder than any tinnitus she had known. It should work…this time,” he murmured as the drill spiraled into her ear. Share on twitter Share on facebook […]