'Thank you,' he accepted the coins. Not much, but another sale. The tourist trade was still slow. He started on another picture. Bright red, purple, yellow, swirling together. A shadow cast over the paper. He looked up. She offered him an apologetic smile. 'That looks wonderful. Can I put it on our living room wall?' … Continue reading PARENTAL SUPPORT
A note sat next to the baking tray. For the best Daddy in the world. 'They're very colourful. You decorated them all by yourself?' A shy nod of the head. He was going to have to eat one of them. 'Which one should I have?' The pudgy finger pointed at a biscuit covered in a … Continue reading DOING YOUR DUTY
It doesn't seem that long ago. The place hasn't changed, but you have. We used to come here as a family and you ran around the cobbled street and dashed in and out of the old shops and took a trip on the old trams and we had lunch in the cafe and watched the … Continue reading WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?
The minister finished the eulogy. Quiet, soft piano music faded up and filled the hush. A low electronic hum started, the wheels of the conveyor gradually turning. He was supposed to have protected him. That was his job, to be the rock, the guardian against all that the world could throw at them. He had … Continue reading THE GUARDIAN
He picked her up, holding her close, feeling her warm soft hair against his cheek. She was light as a feather, his little bundle of joy. He swirled her round the wooden circle, a stage for their bond. He heard that infectious laugh that could not be resisted. He saw the cheeky glint in her … Continue reading DAUGHTER