You used to bring me to the rooftop to watch the moon. Tonight I feel watched by the moon. Tonight I don’t find the usual silence, the peace of mind I seek. Tonight it’s loud out here and not because of the city down below but because of my thoughts screaming in my head and your thoughts screaming in your head. I’ve been staring at … Continue reading Retreat

Last Night on Earth

We wandered for miles. Harsh air collided with my skin, my feet stepped on waterlogged ground. Black clouds devoured what we used to call our home. Sudden downpours came unannounced, a reminder of our impermanence. People spread in all directions, still naive enough to think they could escape the dust dense like fog. Uncertainty chilled the lungs of those who stayed. Not a word slid down our parched … Continue reading Last Night on Earth


It’s just a cake, my brain repeated. But what did the brain know? I knew better. “Don’t!” I threw myself at mum and yanked the knife out of her hand. “What are you doing?!” The whole family stared at me with their mouths hanging open. “You can’t cut it,” I put down the knife at a safe distance and glanced over at grandma, whose eyes jumped … Continue reading Cake

Paper Storm

“I can’t go in there,” I plead. “Sophie, it’s just a room,” she ignores my panicked voice and pushes me towards the door. “I’m not going inside that room!” There’s a reason why I’ve kept that door closed for almost a year now. Strange things have been happening in there. I can hear them at night. I moved my bedroom to the guest room, but I … Continue reading Paper Storm


The first thing he noticed about her were the eyes; eyes so different from those he usually fell for. Not the ocean–like type of eyes, easy to get lost in, where drownings are a common cause of death. Not the pale ice-cold kind of eyes that pierce your soul and chill you to the bone. The eyes he was looking into were so different from the ones that had … Continue reading Eyes


“Wait a second,” you blink. “I’m confused now.” “Aren’t you always?” I yawn. God, you’re so slow. So boooring. I snort at how hard your pathetic human brain is struggling to work this out. “But…” “Na-ah,” I put a finger on your lips. Your eyes widen. Oh, and what are these? Am I giving you the creeps? I smirk. “No buts. Have I not made … Continue reading Confused

Insecurity System

“You’ve got some very solid walls built here. Look how thick they are. Soundproofed, obviously.” An enthusiastic nod of appreciation. “Oh, and check out this door! The newest generation locks you’ve got installed here? No way to break into this fortress of yours now! Plus, with the twenty-four-hour monitoring, it is guaranteed you are a hundred percent safe. Two hundred, even!” “Thank you,” I shrug. … Continue reading Insecurity System


Please, do not understand me too quickly. — André Gide I’m complicated. Uncomplicate me. Or don’t. Don’t understand me too quickly. Let me stay a mystery for just a while longer. You said you liked mysteries. Did you change your mind? They always change their minds. You’re not them, you protested. I’m not them either. I’m me. I’m who I said I was. I’m complicated. My soul … Continue reading Complicated