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The Great Game. Kabul 1839, 1979

The Great Game. Kabul 1839, 1979

I was in Kabul in 1979, and had to leave by a flight to Istanbul.  But memory is not reliable - hence the 'faction' category ...
Like what you see?

Like what you see?

A homage to M R James, who had the talent to evoke the uncanny in otherwise ordinary circumstances. And a warning, to not always like what one may see! ...
Before The Pearly Gates

Before The Pearly Gates

It is as well to have a firm belief of where you are going! (243 words) ...
/ / Fiction / 17 Comments on Before The Pearly Gates / 242 words / / UKA PICK!
A Flag of Convenience

A Flag of Convenience

...and an unpaid bill ...
Fluency

Fluency

Deja vu. - (Flash fiction, 400 words) ...
/ / Flash Fiction, humour, Ionicus- prose, Surreal / 20 Comments on Fluency / 405 words / / UKA PICK!
Ralph Monkton Lives!

Ralph Monkton Lives!

This is an almost true story, at least eighty five percent factual! ...
If I Was A Rabbit

If I Was A Rabbit

My ears twitched, and for a moment I thought I might be a rabbit, but no such luck - it was on account of an echo. An echo that bounced and tunnelled into my head and dilated my pupils with its urgency ...
/ / Flash Fiction / 4 Comments on If I Was A Rabbit / 87 words / /
Fifty Words

Fifty Words

I have tasked myself to create one of these per week. I allow exactly 50 words.  ...
/ / Flash Fiction, humour / 8 Comments on Fifty Words / 285 words / /
Banged up a-broad

Banged up a-broad

Fiction- Title is a little play on words here with 'abroad'. This slang term became common around 1912 and by 1914 “broad” was being used, among other things, to refer to a prostitute, thus a pimp's “meal ticket”. The idea came from the US allowing passports holder to change gender. It is rought around the edges and will need help.  Standing in line after a long flight, making slight clothing adjustments to himself after the ...
/ / Fiction / 8 Comments on Banged up a-broad / 2960 words / /
The coffee mug

The coffee mug

An award ceremony. A scientist, also the awardee, was talking about the importance of thinking from outside the comfort zone; popularly, it is known as out-of-the-box thinking. He shared many examples which had helped him get to the bottom of the invention for which he was awarded. The discourse, followed by a standing ovation and a high tea, was to become a topic of discussion for a long time to come. In between, when the ...
/ / Flash Fiction / 4 Comments on The coffee mug / 153 words / /
Pistols at Dawn

Pistols at Dawn

To the bitter end.- (Flash fiction, 350 words) ...
Kai Tak

Kai Tak

Those were the days ...
/ / Fiction / 12 Comments on Kai Tak / 172 words / /
Unmunched Slice of Life

Unmunched Slice of Life

Only one tar-road cuts across village and meets the downhill Nir’s grocery-cum-cottage housed idiosyncratic wife. All knew how his melting body & drudge made two sons as seasoned Manager, Professor, and daughters in well-settled family. Hardships started intensified while all four children scattered and living in far-away places. In last lockdown one-man army, Nir continued public services, and once doomed to the virus. As children failed to attend the funeral, villagers paid tributes and executed ...
/ / Fiction Challenge / 5 Comments on Unmunched Slice of Life / 196 words / /
Survey

Survey

It was my first egress for weeks. I wore a mask, I reeked of hand gel and I kept twice the recommended distance from the next human being on my way to the local shop. That wasn’t an issue once inside. I was the only punter there. I picked up my paper.  At the till, behind the plastic barrier, behind a face shield, behind a surgical mask, the newsagent invited me to use the payment ...
/ / Fiction Challenge / 5 Comments on Survey / 193 words / /
You can't win them all.

You can’t win them all.

A short fantasy that could have happened in our camp in 1946. This is my return to the site after a long absence ...