9 out of 10 Zebras Prefer Black and White Stripes – Vesna McMaster
1700 words Women’s Fiction
Independence Reclaimed: the Granny Strikes Out.
This won’t be much fun, thought Jessica as she opened the door of the fridge, cautiously. A mangled bar of chocolate dropped out in a rustle of gold foil. A pre-mixed salad was turning to mush, the gasses inflating the unopened bag. Jessica winced at the sight of the rest of the fridge. Cooking at her daughter’s house was invariably painful. “The kids are doing their summer school projects, they won’t bother you at all,” Rosemary had said earlier as she checked herself in the mirror. “Oh, and could you cook them some dinner? The fridge is just stuffed, I’m sure you’ll find something. Goodness, is that the time? Bye sweeties!” she yelled this last out to empty air, and was gone.
Argus – Vesna McMaster
830 words General Fiction
Infidelity, revenge and other terrible mistakes.
“Do you want the program “Argus Panoptes” to make changes to your computer?” Yes, of course yes. Why did I just pay $120 if I didn’t want it to make changes? “IMPORTANT: I agree that I will not utilize this resource for malicious or fraudulent purposes, and I am authorised to install this program on this computer.” Well it’s not malicious to catch the cheating bastard, and he’s never told me not to make changes to his computer. Yes.