• joycronje commented on the post, oak 4 years, 6 months ago

    Tomato soup clung to my lip. I licked it off and glanced about. Nobody had seen. What a boring day at the office. I tapped the wooden desk, craned my neck to see if any clients approached the door opposite me. But no, there was nobody. The phones did not ring, and the skeleton staff snored behind their computers. No managers, no workey, right?
    I…[Read more]

  • joycronje commented on the post, gentleman 4 years, 6 months ago

    ‘Gentlemen,’ I held my hands out to placate them, but their moustaches wriggled more, their frowns deepened. ‘Let’s be civil here.’
    Fillin was being anything but civil. He brought his hand to his scabbard. Damn, time to back away. Things weren’t working out as planned.

    I stepped back slowly, one foot behind the other. ‘Now, Fillin, I can…[Read more]

  • joycronje commented on the post, falter 4 years, 7 months ago

    The dress swished around her feet, and Thom’s clammy hands gripped her sides. Their feet did not falter once, but her heart thumped loud in her ears and her lungs struggled to suck in breaths. A sheen of sweat glistened on his forehead, and Lita focused on executing each step just the way they’d practised.

    The stage lights were too bright,…[Read more]

  • joycronje commented on the post, stitches 4 years, 7 months ago

    Shahn jerked on the stitches, and Tashi clenched her teeth. Why was she clenching her teeth anyhow? The area was completely numb, but each time Dr Shahn tugged at a stitch to loosen it, she jerked. Something was wrong with her.

    At last the final stitch was removed and she sat up, a new creature to the brave world.

    When she ran her fingertips…[Read more]

  • joycronje commented on the post, apologetic 4 years, 7 months ago

    Sahn left him stammering and stuttering apologies, and walked into the night air with new hope on her shoulders. Had Sahn been honest, she may have found her parents much sooner than today, but today was better than never, and even though the stars were out, trekking all the way to Figuar suddenly seemed an excellent idea.

    Each happy step drew…[Read more]

  • joycronje commented on the post, apologetic 4 years, 7 months ago

    Sahn left him stammering and stuttering apologies, and walked into the night air with new hope on her shoulders.
    Had Sahn been honest, she may have found her parents much sooner than today, but today was better than never, and even though the stars were out, trekking all the way to Figuar seemed an excellent idea.

    With each happy step she…[Read more]

  • joycronje commented on the post, doubt 4 years, 7 months ago

    This was the way, she was sure, but ten feet down the pipes she wasn’t so sure anymore. Had there been an intersection there before? And that green smear on the wall looked unfamiliar. One would think having spent so many years traversing the pipes Kiyanne would’ve known them by now, but they had an uncanny way of changing, leading you to horrid…[Read more]

  • joycronje commented on the post, footsteps 4 years, 7 months ago

    The footsteps drew closer and closer, and Kelly’s breaths came quicker, the dagger still tight in her grip. Soon whoever it was would round the corner and die.

    The ski mask she’d tugged over her ruddy curls felt sticky and scratchy, but she ignored it and focused on her breathing.

    The footsteps stopped, and she heard a scream, a young and…[Read more]

  • joycronje commented on the post, failing 4 years, 7 months ago

    “I won’t tell if you don’t,” Casey whispered into my ear.

    That was a good deal. I nodded my ascent and grabbed her hand. We would fail together, and the comoraderie felt better than the knowledge that my mom would be disappointed.

    Sacrifices had to be made, though, and Casey’s joy meant more to me than mother’s smile. It was a lie I almost…[Read more]

  • joycronje commented on the post, failing 4 years, 7 months ago

    “I won’t tell if you don’t,” Casey whispered into my ear.

    That was a good deal. I nodded my ascent and grabbed her hand. We would fail together, and the comoraderie felt better than the knowledge that my mom would be disappointed.

    Sacrifices had to be made, though, and the fate of the world meant more to me than my mother’s smile. It was a…[Read more]

  • joycronje commented on the post, grateful 4 years, 8 months ago

    When I glimpsed the sun’s light against her pearl white skin, I was reminded to be thankful.

    The way the light gleamed off her long eyelashes burned in my heart, and sang a song in my blood. She was of my blood and flesh, worth more than rubies or gold or any of my ambitions.

    My daughter, my angel, may your years be lengthy and filled with joy.

  • joycronje commented on the post, tambourine 4 years, 8 months ago

    “Ai la la Ai la la…”

    From the shadows where Brunie was tied he could hear the tribe signing, tambourines shaking, people cackling in drunken stupour.

    Gods, he had to get out of these ropes before daylight or they’d skin his hide! Think, damn you.

  • joycronje commented on the post, humid 4 years, 8 months ago

    Serina breathed in the sticky air, which felt like syrop in her lungs, and wished for the hudredth time she hadn’t said yes to Carlos. Why had she said yes.
    The arrogant fool stood a few feet away, coat flapping in the breeze, glasses gleaming in the bright sunlight this damned Island had too much of, scroll proferred for perusal.
    Maybe she was…[Read more]