Plato’s Never Heard of Us by Lorenza Shabe

“Do you remember-”

“Probably not.” A veiny, wrinkled hand smacks a veiny, wrinkled forearm, causing the speaker to cackle at his friend’s expense. His eyes crinkle further, eyes turning into small crescent moons, crows-feet becoming more pronounced.

“Shut up, you. I’m trying to be sentimental.” His friend adjusts her glasses, puffing out little bursts of air to show her disapproval. She tightens the shawl around her. He knew he’d never stop being in awe of her, even after all these years, so he just smiles and motions for her to continue. Continue reading “Plato’s Never Heard of Us by Lorenza Shabe”

Forget-me-not by Jess Doyle

The little girl’s my favourite by a long way.  My mum would have said ‘she’s a bonny thing’ and she’d have been right.  She kneels in front of me and we talk about all sorts and her smile always cheers me up no matter what kind of day I’m having.  Last time she came she said that she wanted me to know that people suffer in life not in death.  It’s a funny thing for a little girl to say but my visitors do talk about some funny things.  I’ve thought about it a lot since she said it.  She offered me her hand too.  Her smile was so sweet and kind and I thought about saying yes, and I nearly did it.  I nearly took her hand.  Then I said no.  No, not yet.  And she was gone.

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Chef’s Privilege by D.S. Maolalaí

The publisher had sent my book covers that morning

by email. Final proofs. I sent back that they were good

and bragged about it on the internet. We were in Paris

in a flat on Rue de Belleville, the 11ieme aron and 6 floors walk

up. It was beautiful. From the window to the horizon there was nothing but roof. Fallon had to

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