The Frozen Wilderness

I looked back at the wreck of our aeroplane. The giant 747 lay at the end of its makeshift landing strip, like a fallen dragon; its last breaths forming plumes of smoke, even after defeat. Around me people clung to one another, trudging slowly through the dense snow. The captain Read more…

The Visitor

The curved and glistening fangs bit down hard on Jessica’s hand, as too late, she saw them pounce from the soggy undergrowth. Instantly she abandoned all intention of collecting her ball, and with blind instinct yanked her arm back from the dense foliage. She winced as the teeth grazed her Read more…

Backward

Jim looked around the deserted science lab. He knew he shouldn’t have snuck back, but he really wanted to see what Mr Jenkins, his teacher had been working on. He has to know what was under the sheet at the back of the room. Jim crept closer, trying not to Read more…

Sir Duncan’s Quest

Sir Duncan sat in the soothing warmth of the midday sun, absentmindedly polishing his leather saddle. The sun glinted off his shining armour, and warmed the leather straps which held it, tightened against his muscular arms. His skin was olive tanned, and wore the patterns of a hundred pale scars. Read more…

The Time Engine

John was out late again. There would be trouble when he got back, he was sure of it. He thought of Mum’s last words as he crawled through the half-open window into the school canteen. “Be on time John,” she had warned him. “This is an important meal!” John grunted, Read more…

The Sword of Andreus

Everyone knows about Heracles’ 12 impossible labours, and the cruel trick Hera played on him to take revenge on her unfaithful husband Zeus. Many are aware of Heracles’ sorrow at killing his own family, and how he was deceived by Hera and King Eurystheus, Heracles’ weak and spiteful cousin. But, Read more…

Desert Journey

Gavin trudged towards the top of the high dune. The scorching sand made his feet sore, as they sank down with each step he took. Behind him he could hear the horse that had thrown him, as it sped off on its own, back to the hire stall. On reaching Read more…

The Unpleasant Present

Melanie closed the door as the postman walked back down the driveway, and put the heavy parcel on the kitchen counter. It was addressed to her, but he had not ordered anything, and she couldn’t think who would be sending her a parcel. Melanie grinned as she undid the outer Read more…