The official advice was not to travel unless absolutely necessary. Ordinarily he wasn't one to listen to official advice, he wouldn't have much of a career if he followed the rules. But heading out to work today, when no one else had left their houses, when there were no other cars on the road, when … Continue reading SNOW DAY FOR A CONTRACT KILLER


Five hours she had been stuck on the orbital road. They had barely moved an inch while the snow continued to fall. The glowing streetlights fought off the encroaching darkness, the car's heater battled the creeping cold and the radio staved off the loneliness. Some had abandoned their cars and started walking. She had too … Continue reading ORBITAL


The first freeze of the winter brought patches of treacherous ice. Archie watched the school children sliding joyfully along. Behind him, Agnes hummed Christmas songs as she hung baubles on the tree. 'Tis the season to be jolly, tra-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.' Archie imagined what he would do with the large icicle hanging from the tree in … Continue reading FESTIVE CHEER


A local officer met Sand outside the unique-looking igloo hotel. ‘It doesn’t really melt,’ he said, in response to Sand’s question. ‘It gets dismantled and broken down in sections that then melt over the summer.’ He led Sand through the corridors to the largest suite, where the body had been found. Entering the room under … Continue reading J IS FOR JELLY