Return to Athens – Dulcie Stone
1900 words General Fiction
When Peter’s wife and child die, he does as his dead father used to suggest. He returns to Athens. With the intention of eventually committing suicide, he visits an ancient cemetery and a library which keeps ancient parchments. Both strongly influence his decision.
‘You who know sorrow, beware its darker legacy – despair. For despair, unlike sorrow, locks its door to hope.’ Artemis Dionesius. My eyes feast on the words. No need to pen them, no need to memorise. Long-etched into my brain, they are my essence; my mind, my heart, my soul, my spirit. This fragment of fragile parchment, one of the randomly selected few suggested by the custodian on my initial visit, is now familiar as my next breath. Randomly selected? An accident of time and place and opportunity? Or Fate?
Shooting Stars – Dulcie Stone
1500 words General Fiction
Nurse Jesse is disillusioned with her life. She treats rich patients whose life-style is often the cause of their problems. After seeing a shooting star on one more sleepless night, she resolves to apply for a position overseas where she can treat people who desperately need help.
I saw a shooting star. And then I saw another His arm is heavy across my breast, his snoring loud in my ear. Is this it? Is this my life? The moon, dying, leers through the window. He snorts, shudders, and resettles. I struggle, stealthily, to free myself. Don’t wake him. Do not wake him. He won’t talk about a child, nor do I. Only an idiot would bring a child into this mess. Do not wake him!