FFFC/WW: Gulping explained

“Can a fish dehydrate?” Daniel asked me.“Well, yes, of course they can.” I looked into the aquarium and pondered my answer. “We need water to survive, and so do they, but they breathe it and we can’t. If we tried to do that, we would drown. This happens to them when they are out of [...]

FFFC: The painting

Rose came running into the room holding a neatly wrapped package. “It’s here at last. My portrait… Well, our portrait.” She ripped the brown paper from the portrait and gazed at it for a moment in stunned silence.“Any good?” Philip asked without looking up from his magazine.“It think it has captured the essence of our [...]

100 word story: Commonplace

This time last year, everybody was in lockdown and there was a sense of community in the way everybody was helping each other during the time. Time has moved on, and we are all emerging from our cocoons into what we can only describe as a new normal. During that time we all had to [...]

Looking for answers

“Okay, so what you are saying is that the construction is not complete?” Neil looked at Mark with obvious confusion as he tried to comprehend what he had just been told. “The construction is complete, but in order to make it work we need to find equal and opposite forces to power it. Finding them [...]

FFFC/MMA Storytime: holiday unravelled

To the untrained eye, this looked like a typical holiday scene. Equally distant umbrella spaces for families to sit under with enough privacy from neighbouring ears. It was a setup that could easily be replicated in any resort.This was true enough, but the actual truth was in the hidden meaning of the umbrella’s. The hidden [...]

FFFC/MMA storytime: A quiet word

To the outsider, this looked like it was a romantic picture of Linda and Alan after they had moved in together. To anybody who knew what the couple could tell you differently. The tension in Allen’s arm gave it away.It was true; they had only just moved in and everything seemed to go great. That [...]

FFFC/MMA Storytime: Doing what you’re told

I was sitting innocently at my work desk when my mother appeared through the doorway. Whatever she was about to say to me dissipated on her tongue as she glanced around the room.“What is that?”Following the pointing finger, I looked at the skull. “What it looks like.”“Is it real? I want nothing like that in [...]