‘Before Her Diagnosis’ by Marie Naughton

  Before Her Diagnosis you didn’t know it, but you felt like that smug bastard, the biblical one who built the house on solid ground. Or that other, the bridegroom, blessed with the helpmeet who kept the lamp topped up with oil. You didn’t know it was possible to build a house in an hourglass, let alone pitch a tent in such a dodgy spot. … Continue reading ‘Before Her Diagnosis’ by Marie Naughton

‘Hunting Elmer Fudd’ by Angela Readman

Hunting Elmer Fudd I loaded both barrels like slotting light behind an eye, and I put on a deerstalker to hunt Elmer; it was time. Frosty tongues, grass asked no questions. Inklings of snow swept a mess of footprints leading to the woods. All around me deer moved the trees. Antlers hung sky from a hook, wore holes in the neck of the hour. Nature, … Continue reading ‘Hunting Elmer Fudd’ by Angela Readman