Christmas Eve

I’m not a religious man; spiritual, yes, but religious, no. However, it is a long standing tradition to accompany my mother to Midnight Mass every Christmas Eve, Anglican…

Pickles

Sour pickles that make me pucker, I like to torture some poor sucker. Tell them sweet! It’s just one gherkin. It’s fun to trick, but mind your smirkin’!…

Thanksgiving

“Good man, where might I find your nearest mooring dock?” “No mooring dock.” “What about the nearest deep harbour?” “We use canoes. They’re big, but the shoals do…

Patching Annie

Walking by my daughter’s room with an armload of laundry, I pause to listen at the door. It’s always closed these days with Becky’s preteen need for privacy…

Manhunt

Leaves crunched noisily under foot despite their practiced woodsman experience. Autumn air froze everything brittle. Rifles slung, hunters like these knew camouflage: sight, sound, smell. Deer, rabbit, even…

The Apprentice

She wakes up groggy, and I watch from behind her eyes as she senses my invasion. I drink from her panic, revelling in its energy, so vibrant and…

Hallow’s Morn

Jackie pulled the collar of her housecoat tight around her neck and opened the door to let her cat inside after his morning romp. She clutched the coffee…

The Standoff

Missy’s moon shadow cast long, tail twitching in anticipation; the taste of freshly killed squirrel electrified her whiskers. She named her quarry Nemesis. He crouched under the garden…

Thoughtful Magic

The life of a super-villainess was burdensome to Amy and when her fembot henchman, Stacey, suggested a vacation in her winter-lair on the Caribbean, she jumped at the…

Flying Home

I watched the sun set and the moon rise, As we flew, high in the skies. The clouds below, so milky white, Hills and valleys, an epic sight.…

The Craftsman

“You see, Detective, I have a little problem with knives. I collect them, large and small. Not swords, mind you, or anything garish like that. Just a simple…

Davey’s Boat

There was only one bus in town and I missed the last run, its taillights taunting me with the faint spray from the wet wheels. As I stood…