the bullet found him

He ran in his dreams.   There was the recollection of his uncoiled youth. Slim and taut with muscle, even at twelve. It taints his memories of his youth with crude washes of horror and regret.   These dreams woke him, trembling and confused. It was a long time ago, and yet these dreams returned … Continue reading the bullet found him


White Rabbit

  “Men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore, the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.” Nicollo Machiavelli, The Prince. … Continue reading White Rabbit

The Strange Knight (The Wild Man 7)

Previous episodes are here. Once upon a time, the kingdom of Hearst celebrated the birth of Prince Roderick by declaring a war of expansion upon its neighbours. King Doran set out to expand his territory as a christening gift for his son. Eilhu avoided Mirabelle but caught the whispers of war on the wind. He … Continue reading The Strange Knight (The Wild Man 7)

A Sparrow’s Song

Loviisa held the rifle to arms, narrowed her eyes to focus on the deer in her sights. The glare of the sunlight made her head hurt, but she went away inside herself, to the cool perfect zero that enveloped her in the moment before she pulled the trigger. She had learned to find comfort in … Continue reading A Sparrow’s Song

In Country

Homeless people aren't supposed to exist. Much like veterans of unpopular or obscure wars, we're the equivalent of flatulence after a good meal. Expected, logical, organic but to some people, we're an embarrassment. We shouldn't exist because we remind others of frailty and mortality. It's why there are more movies about military power than sacrifice. … Continue reading In Country

All The Merry Men

1. 'The art to diplomacy is to subdue an opponent without direct conflict.' Asra said. I lowered my chin to my chest to avoid the sentiment that arose in my face. She gave a dry laugh. 'Yet most of your stories involve direct conflict. How would you explain that?' To ask Asra such a question, … Continue reading All The Merry Men