The Moving Pen | Rob Wilcher
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Rob Wilcher

The Founder
We passed this way. Some of us were lucky enough to be. And even if we chose to spend our time in misery we were. That is the point and the glory of it. We were. And we know this one event, this one triumph, will not recur. For when we have ceased to be, and all is said and done, we will join those who never had our chance, the multitude of None.
Arrival

When we stop, blind bodies collapse in a mound of sick, sweat and BO. I scramble to breathe. Someone kicks me. Yusef …

1 Min Read
Bags of Time

“Dennis, Dennis.” “What is it, darling?” said the elderly man behind the shopping trolley to his wife who was hovering about like …

3 Min Read
Love Fund Trust

Cindy leant her weight to push open the heavy glass door that bore the words “Jessica Mulgrave, Solicitor” in gold plate at …

35 Min Read
Gift Part 10

Geoffrey stood on the roadside in the morning sun. Peak hour had just begun, and cars were starting to queue in the …

19 Min Read
Scrubs n Rusty

“Oi, Scrubs, do us a solid will ya?” shouted the man in the overcoat to another some way ahead of him in …

3 Min Read
2021 Space Anarchy

Bradley, a five year old boy with too much energy for the day, looked out of the vast window of his apartment …

20 Min Read
Finger Food

Another curry then. He’d rung and said, “Sorry love, work’s all over the shop. I’ll be late in.” She knew what that …

3 Min Read
Gift Part 9

Geoffrey sat on the blue vinyl chair in the waiting room beside a reception desk piled with mail and files. The receptionist’s …

34 Min Read
Santa

Santa (real name Andrew Smith, employee name Ian Goldsworthy) beamed joy to the puddle of mums and prams and toddlers in his …

60 Min Read
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H  –  That was a good day, all things considered. W  – Oh, I’m full. Just got this glass. (Holds up glass …

5 Min Read
Uncle Frank

Uncle Frank

Written by Rob Wilcher

“Oh good grief,” whispered Jennifer to husband Jason, “it’s Uncle Frank.” The waft came first, steaming feather meal and river mud, followed …

19 Min Read
Gift Part 8

Geoffrey woke. The room was still dark, although day was up, and shreds of light stained the rims of the blinds which …

25 Min Read
Santa Puppy

A few days before Christmas we got a new puppy. We called her Ruby. She was very cute, with big floppy ears …

3 Min Read
Hunger

The Hunger

Written by Rob Wilcher

I steer the ute out along a dirt track for a while and stop only when I feel it is safe. I …

40 Min Read
Blue Dragon

The Blue Dragon

Written by Rob Wilcher

“You know this woman?” Judith shoved the dog-eared photograph at the barman. He studied it and launched a chubby finger to her …

3 Min Read
Gift Part 7

The Gift – Part 7 – Eye Spice

Written by Rob Wilcher

Geoffrey prodded the white surgical tape that held the plastic cover over his right eye. By dodging his head one way and …

31 Min Read
Speak Easy

Speak Easy

Written by Rob Wilcher

Paradiddle, flam, blam, now the side tom, boom boom boom, kick drum, snare, sticks in the air, roll it ‘n’ swing, shake …

3 Min Read
Conduct Unbecoming

Conduct Unbecoming

Written by Rob Wilcher

The bar heaved with the heat of drinkers, talkers and hangers-on. At the far end of the space, beyond shadowed dancing hordes, …

12 Min Read
Gift Part 6

The Gift Part 6 – I See You

Written by Rob Wilcher

“I’ll need you to drive,” said Dave when they arrived at his Audi. “I’ve got a couple of phone calls to make.” …

20 Min Read
Old Man and Harbour

The Old Man and the Harbour

Written by Rob Wilcher

The old man turned the skiff homeward. It had not been a successful day. The sea had misled him.  His pots were …

4 Min Read
In Good Spirits

In Good Spirits

Written by Rob Wilcher

The crisp air assailed them as they stepped outside. Dawn had not yet appeared, and the sky was glass clear, the moon …

15 Min Read
Gift Part 5

The Gift Part 5 – Scrutiny

Written by Rob Wilcher

Back in his apartment, Geoffrey dialled the number of the only person he thought might understand his dilemma. “Dave, it’s Geoff.” “Geoffrey, …

12 Min Read
Lifesaver

The Life Saver

Written by Rob Wilcher

“Show me where the diamonds are, Lehmann!” Lehmann’s face reddened under the throttle hold of the thug who held him over the …

2 Min Read
Float

The Float

Written by Rob Wilcher

“Shoes, sunshine, ships or shore Love me rich, love me poor.” It was a song her grandmother had taught her as a …

2 Min Read
Waiting Man

The Waiting Man

Written by Rob Wilcher

As I approached my death I came upon a man seated On the stoop of the Doorway To the End of Life. …

1 Min Read
Haunter Haunter

The Haunter Haunter – 500 words

Written by Rob Wilcher

Meredith and Toby sat in abject terror on the chaise longue where they had, until this moment, been enthusiastically making out, staring …

3 Min Read
Roo 2 (2)

Roo

Written by Rob Wilcher

The evening had begun its descent into a sepia haze as they drove the dirt track through low sparse scrub. A red …

25 Min Read
Gift Part 4

A million doubts flooded his mind. He had never really contemplated his own death before. Sure, he knew he was going to …

16 Min Read
Eternals

The Eternals

Written by Rob Wilcher

The assembled gods declared, “The Mortals mock us! We must combine our eternal fluids and make a god so awesome they will …

3 Min Read
Gift Part 3

Geoffrey walked along a narrow lane of boutique shops up to the main road. Two lanes of night time traffic swirled past, …

9 Min Read
Cycle of Life

Cycle of Life – 500 words

Written by Rob Wilcher

Mum says being dead is like being asleep except you don’t wake up. Which is silly. I have a sleepover at Andy’s …

3 Min Read
2 and 5

The Two and Five

Written by Rob Wilcher

Hotel 25 – affectionately known as The Two and Five by its regular guests – was a squat boutique hotel hidden in …

25 Min Read
Gift Part 2

The sound of the crash ripped apart the hubbub of the pub. Geoffrey and others at the bar paused momentarily to realise …

15 Min Read
Change

Change

Written by Rob Wilcher

I was a slight kid, some say cheeky, but not one of the muscular kids. There was one kid, a couple of …

3 Min Read
The Fall

The Fall – 500 words

Written by Rob Wilcher

There is that one dazzling slo-mo moment, when the kick goes up and the ball ascends towards the heavens, and with it, …

3 Min Read
Storm

Storm – 500 words

Written by Rob Wilcher

The white flash, then the savage crack of thunder, the flash again and the rain attacked the night. The storm had come. …

3 Min Read
Made Up

Made Up – 500 words

Written by Rob Wilcher

“Julianne, look what the cat dragged in. Over at Chanel,” said Suzanne, a coiffured blonde in charge of Lancôme. In front of …

3 Min Read
Pig in a Poke

Pig in a Poke

Written by Rob Wilcher

An estimated five thousand people amassed in the plaza that day, some said more. Jess was one, masked, arm in arm with …

8 Min Read
Gift Part 1

Geoffrey was floating, high and joyous amidst the whirring fans and rafters of the pub, slowly revolving in his private heaven.  The …

20 Min Read
A Sense of Decorum

A Sense of Decorum

Written by Rob Wilcher

What to do. What a to do. First thing, get out of bed. This involves sitting upright on the edge, in the …

13 Min Read
500

500 word stories

Written by Rob Wilcher

TWO STORIES EACH AT 500 WORDS FOR EASY READING, by Rob Wilcher The Slave Five bedraggled slaves made their sorry way up …

5 Min Read
In Training

In Training

Written by Rob Wilcher

Mike strained as he planked, trying to resist the pull of gravity on his belly as it pulled on his tensed abdomen. …

30 Min Read
(Re)Activate (2)

(Re)Activate

Written by Rob Wilcher

Howard Hodgson paused at the entrance to the laneway to enjoy the busker who was belting out a blinding rendition of On …

19 Min Read
Beauty

Beauty

Written by Rob Wilcher

O, this one was a beauty. A brilliant brazen mane, an enormous head, my god the power in those jaws as he …

10 Min Read