Jane Doe

I wake with a start but can’t move. I’m on a cold bench, not in my soft bed, and I don’t know why. My eyes won’t focus and my body seems detached somehow. I try to sit up and look around, but nothing works. I’ll have to call in sick. It will piss off the…

The Amazing the Magnificent and the Mundane

The hay covering the showground was damp from the night before, but still smelt like poo. I trudged across it, carrying my step stool and box of tricks. The purple cape that Mum made was already tied around my neck and billowing out in the morning breeze. Today, I would show everyone what I was…

Venus Landscape

The dust rose in swirls as the ship touched down. The orange mist filled the air, showing its anger at being disturbed. As it began to settle again, we could see through the port holes; it was a mirage of a wasteland, never quite in focus due to the heat. The door began to open…

The Day My Pants Fell Down and I Showed My Undies

For young people. When I woke up on Thursday, I didn’t expect it to be different from any other school day. I dressed in my uniform and chomped at my breakfast. I like making noise when I eat cereal, I can see my brother twisting in annoyance as I shovel each mouthful in. I ran…

In the Footsteps of Giants

A couple of years ago, I voiced a desire; I wanted to walk the Kokoda trail. Like many of the boys who signed up to join the army during WWII, I thought it would be an adventure. I also thought it would be a chance for me to walk in my grandfather’s shoes; Captain P.S….