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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 at the vista of stars and darkness. Great spirals of coloured clouds – pink, blue, green and gold – swung about the heavens, full of promise and opportunity. Directly below and above he could make out the walls of the other apartments in Gallanda, a well-established space colony …

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Life is short.  According to palmistry, a lack of lifeline meant a short life. “Mary, your lifeline is so faint that I can barely see it.”  Georgia the twelve-year-old palm reader announced apologetically. Mary’s heart sank.  She rubbed nervously at the faint lifeline on her palm.  With a reddened face, she said,  “I don’t care.  It’s rubbish anyway.  Just superstition.” But Mary cared, and she believed it. I don’t want …

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Three ghosts live in this toilet block.  They were students of this school.  It’s been said that you could see the long dark hair of one girl in the cubicle some nights.  With the other two, you can hear them whisper to each other all night long. When the bodies of the girls were discovered, two of the girls laid next to each other.  A string was tied to their …

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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 meant. “That’s fine, dear, I was doing a curry anyway – your favourite – the flavours will meld while you work.” She pounded coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, ginger, mustard, peppers and chilli in the mortar. So much chilli, so hot: if you lit a match it’d catch fire. …

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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 head was just visible over the top. He had kept his gaze away from her when he arrived, so as not to see her future. He figured she might be used to clients who don’t make eye contact. Was that unkind? I’ve never been to a psychiatrist’s office …

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‘I didn’t expect you this early, Dad.’ She was as brittle as usual, a blonde shadow, sitting stiffly in the velvet gold ruffles of the palatial restaurant. She quickly folded a typed letter she was reading, stuffed it in her handbag. Winced her customary smile – mouth only, her nervous eyes flickering left. Yet he could not ignore a curious excitement that she resonated. ‘I can’t believe you’re here before …

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save the date

Anna hung up the phone and punched the air “Yes, Yes, Yes!!” She pushed back her grey chair and danced on the spot, wiggling her hips, and waving her slender arms over her head. “Get in there, you beauty,” she said to no one as she sat back at her chair and slowly rolled it towards her desk and her computer screen. Her hands just hovered over her keyboard as …

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Gav couldn’t decide what gave him more solace; the pistol in his right coat pocket or the bottle of poison in his left. There was no immortality to be had in swallowing the poison without having first fired the pistol. And what a pistol! The Browning .380 would put a hole the size of a korona right through a man’s skull and come out the other side along with half …

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You’re in the air, swirling, when a face gazes from the tiles below. Hitting the water, your perfect half-twist dive is knotted and you’re drowning, choking on chlorine and misspent air and panic. Keep away from the neighbour’s pool, Dad warned; but the heat, the heat… You open your eyes. The desolate face still stares, arms floating like a cartoon ghost’s. Get out! You flap at the water, a sinking …

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The year is 2120. Beth blinks and refocuses on the text.  They can’t be serious.  She stops, breathes slowly, carefully, aware every breath is monitored, counted.  She cannot take too many. Oxygen is precious and must be preserved. NUN Decree 2120/50 The population of Earth has reached critical mass. On 1 January 2121, 10 percent of the population will receive a virus which will incapacitate their health chip.  Termination of …

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