Retreat

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…

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…

Flashforwards

“Claire? Hey, where did you go?” I almost jump at the sound of his voice close by my ear. One glance at Gavin’s perplexed face brings me back to reality. Saturday night. His place. Dinner. Has he been watching me this whole time? Has he said anything? Have I seriously not noticed? I figure I…

Rainy Day

Rainy days are for snuggling under a blanket with a book and a cup of tea. But sometimes on a rainy day you have to make yourself go out into the chill.

Cake

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…

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….

Eyes

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…

Confused

“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…

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…

Complicated

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….

You Have Reached Your Destination

“You have reached your destination. Please remember to collect your luggage and personal belongings. Thank you for choosing to travel with us. We wish you a pleasant stay.” Destination? Travel? I looked around, my mind in a daze. What is that smell? Stuffy. And sweaty. Some other bodies kept fidgeting in the small cage. “Excuse me?”…

Maybe

I close the door behind you and wait for my senses to register your absence. I can hear the stillness that suddenly fills the cold apartment. I can taste the silence echoing off of the pale grey walls. Even the rain comes to a halt and won’t dare to speak up. I hear the quiet teardrops…