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The Office

In life we all have responsibilities; we all face hardships and deal with tragedy though for me with whatever comes my way I like to see the bright side, the positive side, the good side of life, even during times of difficulty. It is how we deal with adversity that makes us unique, makes us strong, right? Take my older brother for instance. He had been attacked and badly beaten a few...Read On

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Cedar Boxes

Two dogs. A rabbit. Four cats. Two parakeets. Nine cedar boxes filled with the life’s ashes of our fur and feathered family for over the last 40+ years. We are down to just one now. Gimley the cat came to us some seven years ago. He was a feral cat who was surprisingly human-friendly. We fed and watered him but it was obvious he was the neighborhood cat that knew which families would give...Read On

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The Long Road Home. Chapter 29.

The ruined buildings like jagged teeth in the mouth of a slain monster...

Berlin, February 14 th 1945   The convoy moved slowly through the oppressive darkness. The presence of the Allied bombers precluded that the vehicles could not use their lights. Since the bombers were protected by fighters, the line of trucks and cars would be an easy target if they were spotted from the skies above. Katarina pulled her collar tightly around her neck and tried...Read On

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Fuel Season 2: Episode 21 – Ahead of Steam

Series: Stories of the Fuel Speedway

Mandla takes his beef with John Kloof to a new level when he literally raises the stakes...

1st of March – Season 2 As Mandla Xulu walked towards the middle-stage, he wondered how things had come to this between him and John Kloof. After all, Amandla's Rebellion was over and neither of them were competing for the Formula-X Crown. So why couldn't they bury the hatchet? But as Mandla took a microphone and prepared his address, he remembered why it had come to this. It was...Read On

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The Man In The Blue Suit

I was just nine years old in June of 1983 where due to illness I had to spend some time in hospital, ensuring I would miss out on the last couple of weeks of school. I was back to my normal self by the time school started back up that September. The illness itself wasn’t all so strange though the circumstances surrounding it were just that… Strange. A lot of my friends who I hadn't seen...Read On

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The Butcher

I hear it said it is darkest when you cannot recall the exact moment that change took you though we don't really know anything about darkness or being taken anywhere by it, now do we? When the light leaves us and we are only left with the dark, there is only one place that any of us will go. Speaking of which... In total darkness, you see nothing, nada, not a thing and all you can hear is...Read On

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Abe's Diner

It's a wonder as to how a place like Abe's Diner sees any business at all but business it does see and all the rest too. Castletown is and always has been a rather large and continuously growing town though Abe's sits alone on the outskirts of town more than a fair distance away from everything and anything else noteworthy. Prosper it has and prosper it does for a good three decades now....Read On

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Fuel Season 2: Episode 20 – Rise of the Third Gauntlet (Part II)

Series: Stories of the Fuel Speedway

It's do-or-die time as the Gauntlet Runner is decided and his gauntleteers selected...

22nd of February – Season 2 Styles Sithole tried to relax as Formula-X King, Solo Magubane sped down the freeway in his Shelby Mustang GT500. "Okay, why are you driving so fast? We're not even late." King Solo gave him a giddy smile. "Because, Jose, when you own a high performance car, it's your duty to let it loose, you know, allow it to prowl." Styles scoffed. "Oh yeah," he...Read On

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Be Kind, Please Rewind

The world is forever changing, at times it changes too quickly and not all change is necessarily good change nor is it always a wanted change. What if someone or something does not want to accept change? What if that someone or something is so unhappy being left behind in the doldrums created by progress that a will is created, an energy with a will to fight back and rewind the strides made...Read On

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The next chapter

Many changes take place  She smiles with the secret of yesterday and The promise of tomorrow Had a good life Many tears and smiles A simple life To sit on the porch  Early morning with first light  That touches the mountain top Listening to the rain and  Gentle breeze That speaks of lazy days of love That last well into the darkness Time passes far to fast A new moment in time ...Read On

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Carrot Nose

I remember a nickel in my pocket—a shoeshine before church. I remember the radio with static. A prayer before I slept and granny kissing my brow. I remember grandpa playing his fiddle. The catfish dinners and hiccups. It was the years of my youth when snowmen had a carrot nose. Cars had hubcaps, and granny was tout de suite.              ...Read On

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Fuel Season 2: Episode 19 - Rise of the Third Gauntlet (Part I)

Series: Stories of the Fuel Speedway

When Gauntlet III is announced for the next PPV, Stevie takes fate into her own hands...

15th of February - Season 2 Gauntlet III: No Holds Barred.  As soon as Darcy Stevens had read the title of the race on Moodswing's announcement on  Feeder , she knew she wanted in. That was the reason that she was sitting in front of Glenwood Jacobs in his office, lobbying to be involved. "So what do you say, Glen? Put me in the race." Glen smiled and they both knew why. This was...Read On

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Devil's Descent

We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell. Oh, how dark a place the mind can truly become. Everyone has a dark side. Most of us don't go to, show, or even acknowledge this unilluminated place but it is there all the same, inside each and every one of us. It itches and claws. It scratches and delves. It pulls and pushes. It constantly asks questions of you and you hear...Read On

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Hanging On

Through the eyetooth of an oyster in shadows of the hop-o'-my-thumb hanging on to my inkwell with an androgynous smile of who swallowed the canary on the end of my pen's thing-a-ma-bob    ...Read On

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Heart-Break City – A Fuel Story

Series: Stories of the Fuel Speedway

It's Valentines Day and while love is in the air, heart break is in the water. Who will drink it...?

12th of February – Season 2 By the time the sun started to rise and throw light through the curtains, Lorrain January had been up for hours already. She hadn’t been able to sleep a wink and she knew why. It was the guilt. It didn’t help at all that she was already suffering a very low sense of self-worth by getting back with him despite him digging around her personal...Read On

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Home Alone

Seventeen-year-old Jenny Ford was home alone one evening early in the month of December. Her parents were out at a Christmas themed ball and Mary, Jenny's eleven-year-old sister, was having a sleepover at a neighbours house just down the street. The evening darkness had come quite some time ago and it had also been snowing for more than a little while. Jenny sat by the living room window with...Read On

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Existence

I kinda like the flow of this. Maybe I'll do audio.

Hello? Hi? Ehhhugh, hum? Y'all? D'ye exist? I exist? Anyone? Anyone at all? But, no. Nobody did exist. But somebody must have. Existed, that is. Otherwise this wouldn't  exist. But what is existence without purpose? Is that just, sorta, being? Like a thing. Y'know, not really there, but not not there. An object, formless, but there, not really there, but uh, in time and space. I don't...Read On

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Gus: Part two of two parts

3. It is early morning and Gus has just left his house to head out to that chemist of his. A couple of days have passed since the visit of and then the subsequent death of constable Pierce Rowan. Gus’s nearest neighbour is once again out in his garden. ‘Hello there, neighbour.’ ‘Hi, beautiful morning isn’t it?’ ‘It is indeed,’ Gus manages to say before his neighbour heads inside. ...Read On

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Fuel Season 2: Episode 18 – The Lure of Menace

Series: Stories of the Fuel Speedway

When King Solo suggests his current girlfriend is cheating on him, Thawn takes action...

8th of February – Season 2 As Thawn Oberhauser sat confidently in his seat atop the stage in the Fuel Conference Centre, he looked over at the Formula-X King smugly. Solo Magubane, 'The Franchise' they called him. They'd come a long way the two of them, but not far enough for Thawn to even consider that King Solo could beat him this Sunday. "So Thawn," said one of the local...Read On

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Gus: Part one of two parts

The universe, a giant unending night-time sky, an infinity of stars stretching out as far as the eye can see. Some stars are brighter and larger than others; this can be true of the sky above or of the land we live upon. The biggest star, the moon, is full and bright, it moves yet is unmoving. A disk of light leading the way, watching over a world in darkness bathing in light. Floating...Read On

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But Why...

In my dream of bicycle spokes and Kool-Aid stands. When I was but a tad in my Buster Brown shoes. Acid reflux was called belching and a four-letter word un-heard.  Telephones had cords, granny wore an apron and butterflies gave hugs. Back then I could hear the green beans snap and the bacon fry. Now the microwave is the Ark of the Covenant and popcorn has lost its pop. Everything comes...Read On

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The Long Road Home. Chapter 28

Men were shouting, others groaning and, beyond it all, the perpetual drone of the bombers.

Chemnitz, February 14 th 1945   Katarina was sitting in the cab of the third lorry of the convoy. A few minutes after the air raid sirens began, they tailed off into silence. She couldn't be sure whether it was because they had sounded the warning for long enough, or because the convoy was leaving the city behind. Either way, the only sounds she could hear, now, was the engine...Read On

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The Healer

Today is born a seventh one, born of woman, a seventh son, and he in turn a seventh son. He has the power to heal; he has the gift of the second sight. He is the chosen one. So it shall be written, so it shall be done. – Lyrics from Seventh son of a seventh son by Iron Maiden.   Eleven-year-old Jamie was out playing ball by himself. He had been fighting with his brother until his mom...Read On

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The Scramble [S2] – A Fuel Story

Series: Stories of the Fuel Speedway

It's the one night a year when all the racers take to the track at once in the eponymous race...

25th of January – Season 2 When Bru Constantin got off his motorcycle and took off his helmet, he was surprised to find people staring. While he was surprised considering what Tendai Mathemba had told him had happened (or rather what  hadn't  happened) when he arrived here, he wasn't all that shocked by the looks, particularly from the women in the crowd. Bru was a handsome man,...Read On

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Leave Me Alone

“Howdy!” the grey-haired man behind the counter smiled. “That'll be five dollars, please."

Don't ask me why. I probably couldn't tell you if I wanted to. I had been given an opportunity in New Orleans. It wasn't a tough assignment, and would only take a couple of days to complete, so I decided to drive there. Okay, now, that doesn't sound like a problem except that I work in Chicago.   Let me try to explain. I am employed by a large airline based in Great Britain as an...Read On

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The Day Trust Is Given

It started with a phone call from my wife who was out shopping. "I'm bringing home a cat," she told me. "You don't need my permission. Is it in need?" I asked. "Yes, he is and he's a big boy," she responded. "I look forward to meeting him," was my final word before the line went dead. About two hours later she arrived home with a large carrier. I was told they gave it to her with...Read On

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Hey Joe

I remember that day so clearly. June 14th, 1986. It was the day my childhood best friend died. I was twelve and Joe Collins was nearly twelve, he would have got to be twelve years old if things had turned out… Different. He was coming up the garden path when I opened the front door. It was almost eleven and I had been up for hours. We had talked about building a dam the day before. The...Read On

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Fuel Season 2: Episode 17 – I, Fiona

Series: Stories of the Fuel Speedway

With both Master and Apprentice Spell-Castor in F-X, the set is complete but can they co-exist...?

 

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Haunted

Late in the evening and the light of the near full moon pierced through the quick moving dark smokey clouds. It seemed so strange to see the moon just hanging as low in the sky as it so happened to be. I have never noticed it being so low or remember seeing it seem so big and bright before, it just caught my attention, that and the mist hovering over the lake I passed by gave me such an...Read On

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Fuel Season 2: Episode 16 – Crown Favourite

Series: Stories of the Fuel Speedway

Feeling completely outmatched by Solo, King Jim tries to prove himself to the fandom

24th of January – Season 2 EARLIER THAT DAY Whack! The slap was painful but when it was followed up by a sweet and passionate kiss, King Jim couldn't complain. He'd just told his latest conquest that he was breaking up with her and she'd taken it like a champ... kind of. This was not the first woman who'd gotten together with him because he was King and she wouldn't be the last....Read On