Thursday fragments 19

I met Mum outside school at the end of the day. ‘Hurry up, Molly,’ she said. ‘We have to meet the truck at our new house.’ She was so anxious to get going that she didn’t even notice that my dress was dirty and smelled like smoke. I climbed into the car and squeezed in…

Thursday fragments 18

I started school the next day while Mum and Dad tried to find a house to rent.  It was just like starting my first day of kindergarten all over again. I sat there looking at my feet while Mum talked with the school headmaster. He looked like he was a hundred years old and as…

Thursday fragments 17

With my face pressed against the window, I watched the miles rushing past as we headed south. The tears running down my cheeks could have flooded the big rivers of the north coast, but they had started to dry up as we left the lush green pastures of sad-eyed dairy cattle behind. The coastal landscape…

Thursday fragments 16

That night at dinner, the girls were still talking excitedly about the show. ‘Did you see how cute the lambs were?’ ‘I didn’t go anywhere near the animals,’ said Samantha. ‘It was too dusty and smelly in there.’ ‘Oh, but they were so cute, and the smell wasn’t that bad,’ said Jasmine. ‘What about the…

In my head, the voice

When the rain comes on the outside the power of the underworld will claim my soul for light and dark are in the air tonight bound by ancient Runes fragmented dreams stop the universe a smile tells a lie that everything has changed in my head, the voice

Thursday fragments 14

I told Mum the bruise on my face was from a soccer ball. Later I found out the nurse had rung her that day and told her all about it, but I never told Mum about the fight or the teasing, or how much my chest still hurt from that punch. It was still sore…

I travel alone now

I travel alone now, searching the world for answers, for stories that have happy endings somewhere on the other side of the world photographs fade until his face is hidden and I am standing alone back home there is still me, packed in my suitcase, too scared to make that move, just waiting in the park…