Fiction

His face contorted in fury. Nose to nose they glared. ‘How dare you question my authority.’ he roared. No one spoke ‘Your place is here beside your father.’ ‘Never,’ the son declared. ‘I will not be a party to your cruel tyrannical ways Father.’ ‘You call me a tyrant?’ The father raged. Defiantly the son […]

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Oh, hummingbird Mankind was waiting for you to come flying along, Heavenly songbird We were so wrong; we’ve harmed you, Oh, hummingbird… Seals & Croft   He heard her coming…her wings beating to a hum…she hovered mid-air… chirping in distress.   Standing beside his machine he gently held up his hat…her distress abated. He walked […]

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They said they came in peace…Janissaries of Suleiman the Magnificent. They brought a gift…a gift for Shah Tahmasp…a hand woven carpet…a Turkish kilim of rich reds, soft pinks and vibrant blues. Bordered by Goz motifs to ward off the evil eye…at its centre an illustration in black…a nest of scorpions…symbolizing protection from their deadly sting. […]

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She lay with her eyes closed…cocooned in a world of blurry vision and limited hearing…her mind remained alert. In the stillness her thoughts wandered through the years…ninety-one…her single life a microcosm in a macrocosm of billions. Like old newsreels, faces and voices flashed by. ‘Mama open your eyes!’ The voice close…the touch gentle. ‘Dianne?’ Another […]

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She was called Ira…the watchful one. Her eyes deep blue…. her silvery mane flowed down her back. When she ran, at a glimpse it seemed she barely touched the ground. She lived where magic pervaded the cloud forest…in a mysterious world veiled in mist where a rustle of the wind, reminded her fairies were near. […]

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Flash fiction is a shorter form of writing than a short story and is becoming popular reading for time poor readers. Virginia Miranda is a Brisbane author and is about to release a book containing a collection of her flash fiction stories. Virginia spoke to Tim Cox and explained how flash fiction works. -Annie Reuss, […]

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‘I thought I might cook some Anzacs to take on the cruise,’ I announced early one morning. ‘What! Don’t you think there is enough food already on a cruise, why would you want to make Anzacs?’ ‘Yes, and you really love to eat all those pastries and cream cakes, don’t you?’ ‘Well no.’ ‘That’s right, so […]

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The weekly crowd settled around the old wooden table. The bar was still quiet. It was 6pm. Conversations crossed left to right…up and down. There was laughter and friendship in abundance. Their Friday afternoon catch up was sacred. Friends from University, they lived separate lives through the week, coming together Friday’s to share the good […]

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Nina jumped with fright as the car blew its horn, ‘Get out of the way, are you trying to get yourself killed?’ The young driver yelled as he swerved to miss her. She stopped, dumbstruck, and stepped back onto the footpath. ‘Where was I going?’ she thought. ‘Work, to the office; concentrate, focus.’ she berated […]

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‘No, no, no more Mum, I can’t drink any more of that terrible soup.’ Rachael said as she threw her hands in the air and stomped around the kitchen. ‘Remember it was your idea. I have to lose eight kilos before the wedding. Weren’t those your word.’ Her mother said pouring the cabbage soup into […]

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