Demain – James Coates
2700 words Fantasy Fiction
The last surviving man wanders a barren post-apocalyptic landscape, trying to reconcile the loss of his future with the pain of his past. When you’ve lost everything, the thing you miss the most is the thing you never had.
I spend a long time studying her oval face, and that most famous of expressions. With my head tilted at a slight angle I seek to appreciate what I was once informed is an unparalleled example of cunning brush strokes and masterful vision. And while I study her, that iconic smile beams down on me. I recognise its shape; knowing, apprehensive, blessed. She’s almost glowing. She’d been called Leonardo’s finest, but if I’m honest, now that we’re finally face to face, I think her shoulders are too narrow and her hands are a touch puffy. Although it’s not her I have issue with, but what her expression represents.
Making the Jump – James Coates
1000 words General Fiction
Pete stands on the tarmac beneath the waiting plane. His parachute secure, the pilot urging him on, but is Pete really ready to face his deepest fear?