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His Mother’s Killer

“Let’s go through this one more time, just to make sure we’re clear”. With closed eyes, a downcast expression, and a palm pressed against her forehead, Officer Winterburn was a picture of muted exasperation. The man to whom she made … Continue reading

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What must he look like to them?

Gazing around the table at those present was most informative. To Tsuchinoko, they were like a weird, jumbled-up family, or perhaps an unimpressive circus troupe. He smiled as he idly wondered what their performing roles would be. Commandant Nora…she’d be … Continue reading

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A Song For Each Decade

If every 10 years you spent alive had to be accompanied by a solitary anthem, what tunes would you choose for the soundtrack of your life thus far? Obviously it’s an absolute nightmare of a question; there’s way too many … Continue reading

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Otherwise Occupied

Yuppies, maybe? Wealthy types, anyway. Definitely bourgeois. That’s one thing that’s an absolute certainty. They might be a family; working dad, in his 40’s or 50’s, away a lot of the time because his job makes a lot of demands … Continue reading

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Birthday Bash

She may be a jolly good fellow, but she’s nowhere to be seen. A great big party laid on in Sinéad’s honour; champagne, balloons, firecrackers, the works. Family wrangled in from all over to toast the occasion. Her mother had … Continue reading

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Blood of the covenant is thicker…

…than water of the womb You cannot choose your family. Your birthright is a cosmic accident, and whether those who created you go on to provide the best environment possible for your upbringing, your relationship with them will never have … Continue reading

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Force of habit, or deep distrust?

Can ignoring eachother be considered a family tradition? Not being facetious, it’s just that we don’t – or can’t – get in touch very often. The Zukics have never been the sort to avoid clannish intimacy or seasonal gatherings, but … Continue reading

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