The Godfather’s Daughter

The old skin has to be shed before the new skin can come.…

For the first time, a month after her twenty-second birthday, Maria, shadowed by her mother, greeted guests arriving at their seaside residential compound. Year in, year out, this was the most exclusive New Year’s Eve party on Earth. Yet one so shrou…

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Tales From the Crypt: Downunder Edition

Spooky shenanigans; boobies too.…

Typical; should have guessed there’d be an unnerving start to Friday-the-thirteenth at Chez Annie. As my beloved girlfriend goes to fill the coffee pot, water suddenly pulses up into the air and falls waterfall-like onto the kitchen tiles.Carrie is t…

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Last Sunday was Father's Day down under…

Hey, little one, don’t be coy, Take that alpha step, my boy. You’re luxuriating in my womb, Can’t stay, it’s not a catacomb. You do know what tomorrow is? I thought not; for that day is his. Didn’t think you’d bring a gift, Hopefully focused on your …

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Under The Red Hoodie

To everyone in the room, she seemed like just a normal girl wearing Vans, blue jeans, and a red hoodie. Except for one, for him, she’s the antithesis of normal.His baby-blue eyes focus; sartorial elegance, that’s true, but he’s hearing the clarion ca…

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Finding Pride on Oxford Street

Eden. The word doesn’t need adornment, it just evokes the image of paradise.Except, it doesn’t in my case. Though not by any means hell, my Eden wasn’t the paradise you should find yourself praying for.For you see, my Eden was, and maybe always will …

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Broken Banns

His simple question rocked her; hurt bubbling to the surface and etching itself on her face.Paul was alarmed he had spoilt their growing rapport. “I’m sorry, Sara. I didn’t mean to pry. Let’s talk about something else.”“No. It’s not your fault,” Sara…

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Golden Words

Mentally prospecting,Needing that perfect word.Meaningful, like frisson,Not discordant; like impact’s not a verb.My mind fog thins, achievement?Still incorporeal, maybe transient; seemingly onomatopoeia.Write it down!It dissolved, cloaked in mist,No!…

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Coral is a colour of love

As autumn leaves fell, our lives’ hue darkened. Covid-19 grounded Sarah’s corporate-lawyer lifestyle. We fretted; could infection accompany me home from the hospital? Challenging times, despite dad’s toilet paper stockpile.It pays not to giggle when …

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Challenge : Linda Ronstadt - CuriousAnnie

Blue Bayou…

"I just recorded this," the woman in a lived-in Betsey Johnson dress shyly said. Then she sang the opening line, "I'm going back someday..."How dare she sing Roy Orbison, I thought, she is not worthy. But my ears betrayed my instant judgement. Blue B…

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Love rejoices with the truth

1 Corinthians 13: 6-7…

Lightening's strikeUnexpectedly, out of a clear skyLies laying wasteLove's delights? No, honesty is our keyYour words set us freeTo rejoice in God's truthRightous love is our humanity For he looks kindly on our choice to loveTrusts us with his gift o…

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Falling In Love

For Pixie and Mel…

Eyes lockA thrown switchMagnetic flowsDrawn to you Stepping outOver cynical cliffsA leap of faithPotentially us We do clickThat seatbelt soundFalling safelyProtecting us Soft splashdownIn love's seaFatalism banishedI'm loved by you  …

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The seasons of love

For Melody and Pixie…

The days and seasons cycle rhythmicallyPatterns determined at time’s first dawnThe tapestry of hearts wasn’t then written in stoneIts left to us weavers to spin love’s silky threads As you two weaved the first stiches of loveThe golden summer warmed …

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