SCAVENGER #6

During all their decades of searching, the Gatherers hadn’t ever discovered any signs of another settlement. Martha had explained to him that the early Scholars had emphasised the importance of the technology because they had believed it would be a means of communication, a way of reaching out and connecting with others. But they hadContinue reading “SCAVENGER #6”

SCAVENGER #5

Nate began to move again as the man stood stock still.  Despite the oppressive heat, a cold chill ran through his body and he shivered.  Nate was moving quickly now, the distance between them closing, less than half a kilometre now.  Suddenly, the man turned and stepped back inside re-emerging seconds later with his backpack. Continue reading “SCAVENGER #5”

SCAVENGER #4

As Nate drew nearer to this particular way-station he began to search for the road in earnest. The plains were doing their very best to reclaim them, covering them with dust and shale and the high winds and heavy rains were helping.  He kicked at the earth, exposing a tiny patch of tarmac. Martha hadContinue reading “SCAVENGER #4”

SCAVENGER #3

Nate was still undecided as to just how beneficial a pair of binoculars might prove to be out on the Plain. He raised his head and spied the ruin. It was a low-level structure but on the flat, even at a distance, it stood out. It was almost certainly an old service station or tavern.Continue reading “SCAVENGER #3”

SCAVENGER #2

Head down, Nate scanned the ground in front of his feet as he walked.  He was moving quickly, kicking at the shale and loose rocks.  It was highly possible that he was leaving scrap in his wake but he didn’t care.  He wanted to cross a road or a creek and get this particular plainContinue reading “SCAVENGER #2”

SCAVENGER #1

Nate lifted his right hand and clamped it against his forehead, forming a peak.  He should have brought a hat, a baseball cap or something newly fashioned – it didn’t matter which and he had been remiss to venture out so far without one.  But he hadn’t expected the sun to be so high or so bright.  The terrain was featureless andContinue reading “SCAVENGER #1”

THE INVESTIGATOR #4

Looking down, the Investigator studies the spot where her blood has pooled and soaked into the carpet.   It is still wet and he is tempted to reach down and touch it.  Imagines his fingers coming away red and sticky.  But what would he do then?  Wipe them of course but where?  On the edge ofContinue reading “THE INVESTIGATOR #4”

THE INVESTIGATOR #3

The murderer didn’t break in.  There aren’t any signs of a forced entry.  Not inside nor out.  No trampled flower beds and muddy footprints, no broken glass or fragments of china, kicked and scattered across the wooden flooring and trodden into the rugs.  The evidence of anything untoward is contained in just one room, the livingContinue reading “THE INVESTIGATOR #3”

THE INVESTIGATOR #2

The Investigator steps back from the scene and exits the house via the front door.  He moves out onto the street and beyond the barriers.  He stands amongst the onlookers allowing the others to get in close and to do what they need to do.  He won’t move again until they are finished and haveContinue reading “THE INVESTIGATOR #2”

GHOST LETTER 54

Image by Christine Renney It was just beginning to get light when I set out from the City and now it is almost dark. I have walked right through the daylight hours, from dawn to dusk. The road on my right as I walked was blurred and noisy, like an out of tune radio orContinue reading “GHOST LETTER 54”