The Gift

She gave him the moon, on a night when crisp frost descended on the fields, and the first autumn fire crackled orange in the farmhouse hearth.  Marlee left Oscar sipping wine on their pinstriped couch. The fire, empty bottle and pizza box kept him company—remnants of their one-year anniversary celebration. When she returned, the kiss … Continue reading The Gift

On the Boat

Shopping sounds fun. Shopping with your newly-corporeal and more-annoying-than-you-realised best friend? Not so much.I lean on a railing to watch Bertie stamp around, barefoot on the deck, testing her balance. The ferry rides the swell with experience. Bertie, however, does not.My best friend’s enthusiasm for the physical realm springs from the fact she was an … Continue reading On the Boat

A New Life

“Just hold on, baby. We’re nearly there.” I grimace, hands squeezed bloodless by my white-knuckled wife.“I am holding on, if you haven’t noticed.”“Yes, yes I have. But-”“Don’t ‘but’ me, Gallileo Haberson the Third!” Clare is panting, yet still manages my full name in tones of icy steel.“Yes Ma’am,” I salute her, then stumble as the … Continue reading A New Life

Countdown

“Five minutes and counting.” Time is interminable. It stretches, yawning, threatening to overtake him with its dark menace. How does he sit through these protracted seconds launch after launch? The chair is creaking with the weight of his despondency. Twenty-seven donuts contributed their piece as well, but every time he swears off bringing them he … Continue reading Countdown