The Red Car

Stanley was struggling to get the front door key out of the lock, a sagging bag of groceries at his side, when his wife Moira, sporting her designer sunglasses, confronted him.  Her steely accusation, “I saw your car today,” stopped him in his tracks. “You were in Burnaby?” he asked clutching his sagging bag of … Continue reading




Soul Mates

Huddled under a grungy blanket, a threat of rain in the air, and a stomach complaining about a wolfed-down can of beans, Betty regretted where being “interesting” had gotten her. Across from her, looking as pleased as a lottery winner, Trevor grinned at the stars through the open window. “Who would ever have dreamed I’d … Continue reading




Mendelssohn’s Eye

Since waking that Sunday, April had been in a tizzy, anxious to reveal her creativity to her husband Jeff. She’d have snapped the laggard from his snores but, having found the bed empty, she’d hurried to the kitchen. She was crestfallen to discover that the room was deserted. Her suspicions that Jeff had ducked down … Continue reading




Dudes in the Dell

On finally digesting the transforming word “gig” over the din of the pub noise, the friends sailed above the deflating grumbles of wives and bosses into a sunny future. Only on considering task number 7, did they detect the sound of a their hot air balloon hissing. Before that, expectations were high… “We’ve got a … Continue reading




Just Rewards

“Come, quickly,” urged Jane Simmons breathlessly. “You’ll miss the punchline. It’s riveting.” I doubted that. Edgar’s stories were not palatable let alone riveting. Insidious little creep that he was, “Blackhead” told macabre stories, violent stories, and stories decaying with double entendre, but delicious stories? Never. Edgar, the worm in question, lifted his weasel eyes towards … Continue reading




Slicker-Down

When the Bellybob town council announced the Most Outrageous Cat contest Tania’s friends knew that Slicker-Down was a shoe-in for the $1,000 prize. Tania, however, was adamant that her cat would not compete. “I don’t want Slicker-Down exploited,” she said. “If his antics are on the Internet he might get kidnapped.” Her friend Dolly erupted … Continue reading




Eye to Eye

“I haven’t eaten a potato since I moved out.” This was the opening remark from Jennifer’s lover’s soon-to-be ex-wife, Brie. The announcement, accompanied by a smug grin, lauded Brie’s anti-spud stand as a worthy accomplishment. This from the woman whom Jennifer had expected would outshine her at their first meeting. On hearing the remark, Jennifer … Continue reading




And Think Of England

Cocooned under what felt like silken covers, her eyes shut, Sandra noted how alarmingly quiet her apartment was. Usually on waking she heard water coursing through her neighbor’s pipes or footsteps patrolling the apartment above. When she hesitantly opened her eyes, she was confronted with an alien setting. Was it a dream? She closed her … Continue reading