Category: Stories

Chapter 1. Surprise – 3

Chapter 1. Surprise – 3

“He…he’s not entirely what I want in a relationship. I want someone who understands me completely, someone who…”

“…is willing to wake up in wee hours of the morning to pick you up, because you realized you’re drunk and don’t have the money for the cab?”

“What is it with men and drinking?! I’m not a heavy drinker at all, Oscar!”

“I know you’re not.”

“I’m a…a volcano.”

“Pffft….you’re not a volcano! They’re aggressive and you don’t have a mean bone in your body.” Continue reading

Chapter 1. Surprise – 2

Chapter 1. Surprise – 2

It took her a while before she realized what was going on. Her best friend and neighbour, the one who moved across the Atlantic Ocean when she was 16 years old, was now in front of her. He didn’t seem to have changed much. He was a lot taller and a lot slimmer than she remembered, but the wide smile still remained the same.

“Aren’t you going to say hello?” He teased, and snapped her out of her thoughts. She wanted to shake hands with him, but he brushed it off with laughter.

“Clare, it’s been three years since we’ve last seen each other. Do you really think that shaking hands can amount to that? Come here,” he said and pulled her in for a tight hug. How long has it been since she last hugged him? Continue reading

Chapter 1. Surprise – 1

Chapter 1. Surprise – 1

It was a little past 9 pm when Clare arrived at her college’s apartment. To say that she wasn’t overly enthusiastic about the night ahead of her would be an understatement. She sighed and looked at the man standing next to her, whose hand was protectively wrapped around her.

“Are you uncomfortable with this?”

“With what? Us holding hands?”

She said it with such an honest tone in her voice that her boyfriend, Finn, didn’t know whether to laugh or start worrying. Continue reading

Chapter 1: Let Dead Men Lie

Chapter 1: Let Dead Men Lie

“Come on Clare!” Oscar shouted, tugging at her hand and dragging her along behind him. “You are never going to see your surprise if you do not get a move on.”

“I thought that you said this was an adventure you were taking me on,” Clare said.

She giggled and leaned back, pulling against Oscar’s insistent grip playfully. He stopped, turned around and dropped her hand. Continue reading

Chapter 2: Enter the Artist

Chapter 2: Enter the Artist

Clare blinked, trying to see through the veil of blackness that covered her eyes. It did not help though. Wherever she was, whatever had happened to her, she was in near total darkness. Or there was no light to help her see and nothing to see. She felt panic gripping her stomach, roiling its contents and making her want to vomit. She felt around and her hands met nothing, not even the smooth muscles of Oscar’s arms. She could not feel the ground beneath her feet, Continue reading

Chapter 3: Cold Comfort

Chapter 3: Cold Comfort

Clare and Oscar sat in the darkness, or tried to at least. It was as though they were floating in a void so it was not really a matter of sitting. They just drew their legs up to their chests and huddled together as best they could. Clare kept forgetting that she could not truly touch Oscar and every time that she reached for his hand her fingers just went straight through his.

“How long do you think we have been in here?” she asked, shaking when she heard the quietness of her voice, the way it echoed around the void.

“I do not know Clare,” Oscar replied just as quietly. Continue reading

Chapter 4: Shiny New Powers

Chapter 4: Shiny New Powers

Martin sat back and sighed. He stared at the pages spread across his desk and smiled. Two weeks after returning home from his holiday he had finally finished the first chapter of his new comic, working from the images that he had sketched out on his last day there. He was not sure about how good the story was but he was happy that he had managed to finish something for a change. He looked over the pages, reading through the panels and speech bubbles and checking the art over. He was really happy. It was probably time to take a nap he thought to himself and he walked over to his bed and lay down. Continue reading

Chapter 5: The Editor is Not Always Right

Chapter 5: The Editor is Not Always Right

“I honestly have no clue as to how to help this man,” Clare said with a sigh. “I just cannot understand why he cannot work harder and come up with better stories.”

“There has to be something though,” Oscar said desperately “I mean, he cannot be beyond hope.”

The couple were floating in the void, twisting around each other without a thought as they focused entirely on helping Martin to become popular. It had been two weeks since they had discovered that they could change the words of panels that they appeared in, Continue reading

Chapter 6: Countdown

Chapter 6: Countdown

Clare and Oscar watched Elliot drink steadily over several hours. He never once looked towards the comic pages that were scattered across his table. Instead he was entirely focused on a football match. He was cheering and shouting and swearing at the TV, jumping out of his seat every few minutes to make one sort of exclamation or another.

“I think that now is the best time to try Oscar,” Clare said eventually as things seemed to be getting tense in the football match. Continue reading

Chapter 7: Apologies and Tests

Chapter 7: Apologies and Tests

Elliot waited patiently at the cafe the next day. His mind was racing through memories of how he had treated Martin in the past. He had never been kind, never been truly encouraging. Even the suggestion for the other man to leave the house and venture outside for inspiration had been motivated by his own selfish ideas. He had believed that if Martin went out more, spoke to other people it would make him more comfortable speaking to clients, get Elliot’s company more clients. Elliot knew that many potential clients who were initially interested in Martin’s work were put off by how the man actually looked and behaved. Continue reading

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