The Imprint of Leaves – Liz Xifaras

The trees are talking. Beneath my feet the ground thrums as whispers slither from one to another. No-one knows how they do it. No-one knows how they move. We came here in search of space; sky between branches and the scent of wet earth. Ground that fermented with the movement of insects, creaked with the growing of plants. Rory’s idea. We lay in his sour … Continue reading The Imprint of Leaves – Liz Xifaras

A Final Moment in 1911 – D T Mattingly

The sun vanished long ago. A dim street lamp revealed through our blinds what little solace I found in a world of horror. The gleam bled between every crevice, creating a radiance rippling across the face of my beloved. Light. Dark. And Light again. The same pattern every time, I knew I shouldn’t search too deeply for meaning behind the phenomenon, but it was hard … Continue reading A Final Moment in 1911 – D T Mattingly

Preservation and Restoration Part 2 – Andrew Maguire

I II In the living room of their vast New York City apartment, Simon Wilson and his eighteen-month-old daughter Rose stare at each other. She sits at the foot of his armchair, with two Lego pieces in her hands and tries to mimic his movements. He separates two blocks and puts them together again. ‘You see,’ he says, but she doesn’t. She presses the pieces … Continue reading Preservation and Restoration Part 2 – Andrew Maguire

Luck Has Nothing To Do With It – Patti Jurinski

Elsa Larsen carries lightning in her pocket. A small, bedazzled key chain in the shape of a bolt. Silver and blue rhinestones catch bits of sunlight and throw rainbows across the room. It’s her lucky charm, I overheard her tell Scott the second day of school. Scott likes shiny things. “Have you gotten to know the new girl?” My mom asks at home. “I think … Continue reading Luck Has Nothing To Do With It – Patti Jurinski