Alice – Kate Packman
1900 words General Fiction
Every day the narrator visits an old lady in an undisclosed institution, as the narrative unfolds so does Alice’s history and the narrator’s connection to her.
This place is purgatory. Empty and soulless, the people are blank, void of emotion and warmth. Pictures hang on the walls and residents walk the corridors, but there is no life here. Yet somehow, when I listen to Alice, her stories transport me away from this horror and take me to an idyllic home. A place where families love one another and care, not out of duty, but because they are family. In Alice’s world blood is thicker than water. I could listen to her stories all day.
Randall the Rattlesnake – Kate Packman
Randall is a rattle snake with a difference and this is the story of his attempts to fit in with his rattle snake friends.
Randall is new to the zoo. Randall is a rattle snake. The only problem is Randall has lost his rattle and he has nothing to shake. This bothered Randall greatly, especially when all the other rattle snakes shook and whirred their tails so proudly. He felt so left out, so different.