It was dark, the sort of cloying dark that wraps itself around you and tries to smother you. Rain pattered down from the sky, without even the decency to pour. Huddled in a bus shelter, six stooped forms gathered themselves into a close group, packed tight for warmth. "Right," Francis said, "now what? Because I … Continue reading (Yet Another) Bonus Short Story!
"Hey Francis, what's up?" Francis looked up absent-mindedly. Placing her tray down opposite him Adelaide sat and leaned an arm on the table top. "You look morose," she said, "more so than usual, I mean." "Thanks," he rolled his eyes. "You're not wrong, though. I'm having a moral quandary." Adelaide picked up her knife and … Continue reading (Another) Bonus Short Story!
"Alright," Anna said, "breath in." Emma breathed in. She shut her eyes as tight as she could and allowed the darkness of her mind to wash over her. She inhaled long and slow and then let the air out of her lungs in a lengthy exhalation. I am a calm ocean, she thought. She didn't say … Continue reading Bonus Short Story!
"So," Emma sighed, "that is how I got a detention every day for the whole week." Adelaide nodded, pretending to be definitely listening. The sun was warm on her face and she was feeling sleepy so it was a little difficult to concentrate. They were sitting on top of the hill in the park, bathing … Continue reading Part 80 – The Team Factor.
There was a knock at the door of Julian's new office. He didn't hear it, he couldn't, but he detected the tremors with his psychic sense. He turned towards Operation Supervisor Price, who stood next to the desk. "Could you get that Price?" He asked. Price sighed. "I thought a promotion would mean less opening … Continue reading Part 79 – New Boss, New Rules.
"We're not ready for this," Emma said. Anna looked at her over at her, slumped in her chair. They were sitting in their form-room. It was early in the morning and nobody else was in yet. Anna was sitting a little uncomfortably in her own chair, wings spread out so that they didn't knock into … Continue reading Part 78 – The New Me.
"So," the Director sat back and exercised the full power of her shark's smile, "how are we all?" "Grounded," Adelaide, Francis, Lee, Emma and Lydia chorused in unison. The Director pouted. "Well that won't do," she murmured, "can't have the five clever youngsters who secured me with a promotion getting grounded. I presume Price had … Continue reading Part 77 – Wheels Within Wheels.