Feb 2024, 1st: Belle du jour

Joanne Chua-Robertson

I am watching her from across the street. First, she sprinkles flour all over the counter-top and places a soft, pre-made oily dough in the

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Feb 2024, 2nd: Truth or Dare

Jeanette McInnes

‘Who was your first crush?’ Jeremy asked. He’d spun the bottle on the Truth or Dare segment of our monthly sesh. The mouth of the

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Feb 2024, 3rd: Blood, Sweat and Ecstasy

Ken Cotterill

Did she wink at me? I’m not sure. Should I wink back? Then Max the promoter intervened. He leaned over and told us to throw

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1st No Sleep for the Wicked

Philippe Savidis

‘Mate, every time you climb that stage you look like you are marching to the scaffold. Lighten up!’ Admonished my oldest friend. It was true,

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2nd God and Country

David Finch

For God and country, and the Corps… With these justifications in mind, I wipe the sweat off my brow and once again set the crosshairs

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3rd Mea Culpa

Fay McGrath

Nights were the worst. Images, insurgent, irrepressible and unrelenting, forged into regiments and marched onwards, ever onwards. There was no escape. Insomnia was his purgatory.

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1st A Time For Every Purpose

Fay McGrath

‘Confirm 9.00 am?’ Kim met Nicki’s eyes. Leaning over the inert body, they checked timepieces, and nodded in unison. No longer the flutter of a

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2nd Light

David Finch

I wake up to the sensation of light’s warmth on my skin and stand to acknowledge the suns rising in all of its glory. Yet

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3rd A Lesson in Reality

Roslyn Boreham

It is 9AM TUESDAY, and I am entering a Ballet Studio for my first ballet lesson in sixty-two years. Yes, you heard right! I know!

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3rd A Date with Death

Sam Woodgarth

Friday evening, I arrived home frazzled, threw myself on the couch, and pondered the clairvoyant’s message. Not that there was room for ambiguity. Between you

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1st Never Meet Your Heroes

Philippe Savidis

Infidelity is sometimes a timing issue. Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about that type of cheating. Who has the time and energy?

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2nd The Reluctant Gardener

Sam Woodgarth

Hiking boots because I was digging, bathing suit because it was too darn hot to be digging. The oversized cheesecloth shirt and wide-brimmed witch’s hat

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