THE NEW LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER

The light glowed out of the fog as it turned.

He knocked the door.

An old man answered. ‘I was expecting Donnie.’

‘He quit.’

He led him inside. ‘You need a tour?’

‘I’ll figure it out.’

‘Fair enough. See you in a month.’

The solitude enveloped him. Bliss. Lockdown had shown him the path to true happiness.

Not at first, when she was there, every second of every day.

But once she’d gone, he’d finally understood. He was a solitudinarian at heart.

And no one would look for him here.


Written for the Weekend Writing Prompt, hosted by SammiScribbles. This week’s prompt was: Solitudinarian. Click on the link to read more stories by other writers.

If you’re interested in finding out more about my ‘State Trilogy’ novels, I blogged about them all month through April as part of the A-Z Challenge, and you can find all the posts so far HERE.


LOCAL HERO

‘Always was a wayward child, that one.’

‘This is a little something more than wayward.’

‘I remember him growing up around here. Always in trouble, stealing sweets, ringing doorbells.’

‘I’m not sure that childhood pranks would lead to this.’

‘You gotta stop ’em when their young. Learn ’em early to respect people.’

‘I wonder how his mum is coping.’

‘Like he cares. Hasn’t been back to see her since he got famous.’

The headline stares back: ‘GUILTY’.


Written for the Weekend Writing Prompt, hosted by SammiScribbles. This week’s prompt was: Wayward. Click on the link to read more stories by other writers.

If you’re interested in finding out more about my ‘State Trilogy’ novels, I blogged about them all month through April as part of the A-Z Challenge, and you can find all the posts so far HERE.


NATIVES

Unbowed, unbroken, persevering.

From haunted past to uncertain future.

They cling to what little life offers.

Restless spirits, wandering.

Written for the Weekend Writing Prompt, hosted by SammiScribbles. This week’s prompt was: Restless. Click on the link to read more stories by other writers.

If you’re interested in finding out more about my ‘State Trilogy’ novels, I’m blogging about them all month for April as part of the A-Z Challenge, and you can find all the posts so far HERE.


THE UNCANNY CLONE

The same eyes, mouth, figure. The same gestures.

A small scar missing – I could fix that.

She was worth the money to keep me out of jail.

They can’t convict me of murder if they think she’s still alive.


Written for the Weekend Writing Prompt, hosted by SammiScribbles. This week’s prompt was: . Click on the link to read more stories by other writers.

If you’re interested in finding out more about my ‘State Trilogy’ novels, I’m blogging about them all month for April as part of the A-Z Challenge, and you can find all the posts so far HERE.


INVASION

Forage duty. They try to tell you it’s a privilege, an honour. You’re special, a chosen one.

The truth is it’s dangerous. You’re expendable and you’re exposed.

Return empty-handed and you will be punished. That’s why I’m still out here as the light fails, still hunting.

They only come for us at night. It’s suicide to stay out this late, but what choice do I have?

It will be a relief when take me.

My only regret is leaving my love behind.


Written for the Weekend Writing Prompt, hosted by SammiScribbles. This week’s prompt was: Forage. Click on the link to read more stories by other writers.

If you’re interested in finding out more about my ‘State Trilogy’ novels, I’m blogging about them all month for April as part of the A-Z Challenge, and you can find all the posts so far HERE.