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Carry the Music in Your Heart

Carry the Music in Your Heart

Stasha’s footsteps echoed as she walked along the road towards what once had been her home. Everything else faded into the background, the world almost silent except for the lonely beating of the borrowed shoes that pinched her toes with every step. But the pain in her feet was barely noticeable. She could think of nothing but the family who should be by her side, the mother, father, sisters who would never walk this road again. The houses lining the…

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By the Light of the Moon

By the Light of the Moon

The moon is bright tonight, illuminating the ripples on the surface of the lake. The waves lap gently against the boat as the water settles. It was over pretty quickly really; he didn’t struggle or make much noise. It wasn’t my first time, after all. I head back to the shore and prepare for the inevitable fuss. I splash water onto the blanket before wrapping it round my shoulders. I shake out my hair and concentrate for a moment until…

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Citizen of Nowhere

Citizen of Nowhere

I’m sitting at the gate, waiting for boarding to start. Well, I’m waiting for the plane to arrive so that boarding can start. In a truly wonderful feat of organisation, the gate number was called before the plane got here, so now I’m sitting on my suitcase, one of hundreds of sardines trapped in an overcrowded tin. Every flight is overbooked, tempers are frayed. Too many people don’t want to be here, don’t want to be going ‘home’. I haven’t…

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The Guest

The Guest

Charlotte put down her tea and slowly got to her feet at the sound of the doorbell. She had been expecting it, but her heart still raced a little when it rang. She could see a dark shape through the door as she made her way through the dim hallway to let the man in. David smiled warmly at Charlotte as he stepped inside and took off his shoes. He slipped them neatly into the rack next to her own…

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Secret Agent

Secret Agent

The bell rings for break time, the shrill sound quickly being swallowed up by the even shriller shrieks of the children as they dash outside, dragging on their coats as they run to escape the confines of the classroom. Only one remains. Shoulders hunched, Tim slopes over to the corner where he crouches down on a blue beanbag and picks up his favourite book. It’s the story of a spy from the Second World War who helped bring down a…

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Word Association Game

Word Association Game

‘Let’s play our little game.’ Carmen shuddered as the smooth voice washed over her, turning her heart to ice. She was sitting on the hard-backed chair in his living room, where he liked her to spend the afternoons while he sat in the armchair opposite, occasionally pacing up and down in front of her. She pressed her knees together and hunched over, trying to make herself as small and insignificant as possible. But as he smiled down at her, he…

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