Predators and Preys

In this jungle, there were hunters and preys; more often than not it was easy to recognize both sorts. But unlike other wild environments, one little moment could change the circumstances of the individuals. While it was rare for a prey to become a predator, one decision could turn the latter into a hunted. These…

Perfect Storm

The skies were brooding all around them; a storm was coming. And a nasty one at that. The Lord Commander gave his orders to his officers and without hesitation they set about relaying the information to all sailors. Within moments they were in the mast, at the stern or anywhere they were assigned, to face…

Unknown Celebrity

Ms. Heiligenschein unfailingly lived up to her name; her blond curls framed her lovely face like a halo and she exuded an aura that scintillated. Ever since she came up on the scene, she’d lit up any place she entered, any event she attended: almost literally.  She was a photographer’s dream; svelte yet with curves…

An Evening at the Theatre

Geraldine sighed; the divertissement displayed below couldn’t distract her from her nervous and never ending thoughts. Philippa convinced her to come tonight; what Geraldine didn’t expect was for her cousin not to come with her. She should have though.Philippa was reputed to have a terrible temper, which was not entirely unfair. When it came to…

Happy Day?

She was a newlywed; in the time it took to say a few words, she had transformed from a child into a woman. She should be running the gamut of emotions right now; happiness, giddiness, elation, excitement or at least some trepidation about her wedding night. She should feel as resplendent as the butterfly bursting…

Impending Change

The excitement Lucy felt, as she gathered her findings, was palpable. If anyone watched her just then, they would have known something was about to happen. Excited though she was, Lucy calmly went through the list in her head one more time: inkwood, sage, five candles, rosemary, clay and a small knife. That had been…

Ghost Town

The Hellbox wore its name perfectly; situated right next to the town’s abandoned old newspapers offices, it usually filled with the city’s rejects by the end of the day.  Once it was a busy, buoyant place where you could expect the owner to welcome you with her heavily accented voice and most seductive smile. She would…

At the Zoo

The giraffes were grazing oblivious to everything and everyone else, yet their apparent disdain for the visitors didn’t deter Andrew in the least. He kept badgering James about the animals, wanting to know everything about the mammals, just as he had with the gibbons. Andrew’s discovery of the city had been at once exhilarating and…

Fish out of Water

Jonathan was bold maybe even reckless in this. Though Nathaniel should probably think of him as Lord Caldwell now. Impossible he thought with a smile. The two of them had been friends too long. Still it didn’t matter his friend was now Duke of Lincolnshire, he should know the Set well enough. They would never…

Entering the World

There was something ethereal about the young woman holding his arm; as if she didn’t quite belong to this world. Nobody had ever seen her. Still her name was known; in fact it had become the subject of many rumours over the past months but to witness her entrance within the ton was a privilege….

Standing in the Dark

“It was different,” they’d said. “We have to allow dispensation because of the circumstances.” They’d added. That was weeks ago… She stood in the darkness unmoving. She’d been in the darkness for some time now. She’d found refuge in a house; if one could really call “house” the derelict building she’d entered to escape the…

Devastation

She looked over the city from her window; it spread for miles and she could see it all. Some would think her lucky to have such a view, but she could only summon a contemptuous sneer. The city was lost and nothing she could do would change that truth. She had given its inhabitants all…