• smr commented on the post, instigator 4 years, 11 months ago

    She didn’t agree with him one bit, but the thing that really jarred was his always beginning it every time. Every time. Why couldn’t he just let things lie for once?

  • smr commented on the post, dusk 5 years, 1 month ago

    Through the failing light, they could see mist closing in on the lake.

  • smr commented on the post, sterile 5 years, 1 month ago

    The petri dishes had been autoclaved, but, even now, special precautions had to be taken to minimise cross infection.

  • smr commented on the post, lethargic 5 years, 1 month ago

    The alarm clock rattled him out of his sleep. After some time, he tried to lever his limbs over the edge of the bed so that he could swivel into sitting upright. He found that he was stuck in this position, almost asleep once again, five minutes later. Why was it was proving so difficult to get going?

  • smr commented on the post, wondering 5 years, 1 month ago

    He stood still and seemed to be taking in the view. He stayed transfixed, too long for me to believe that he was looking at anything particular. What was he doing?

  • smr commented on the post, prayer 5 years, 1 month ago

    From out of the trenches he went, his comrades either side a comfort, the rum now cold inside, and the whistles’ shrillness from deep behind reaching up as they ran over the broken wires.

  • smr commented on the post, single 5 years, 1 month ago

    He should have had a double, in fact he really had needed it. He swilled the remains of the straw coloured spirit around in his tumbler. The ice cubes still clinked.

  • smr commented on the post, declined 5 years, 1 month ago

    The offer was a clear sign. Jack had never considered working for the secret service, but, put on the spot, he found that he was less keen than he might have been.

  • smr commented on the post, veteran 5 years, 2 months ago

    As gnarled as an olive branch, and as wily as he was wiry too.

  • smr commented on the post, repressed 5 years, 2 months ago

    Ever since the traumas of his childhood, he had found it difficult to express his anger, anger sparked by any number of triggers. His typical response was to ‘swallow’ difficult emotions. So they would lie dormant, festering just below the surface.

  • smr commented on the post, avoided 5 years, 2 months ago

    His feelings on the matter, he kept to himself. Well kept secrets were a second nature, best left buried, circumvented, as if they had never existed.

  • smr commented on the post, values 5 years, 2 months ago

    She was a stickler for good behaviour with an especial emphasis on meticulous manners that her class contravened at their peril.

  • smr commented on the post, active 5 years, 2 months ago

    He set the timer having checked the fuse.

  • smr commented on the post, grateful 5 years, 2 months ago

    The feeling was mutual. Their experiences had brought them closer, each giving to the other in equal measure.

  • smr commented on the post, forefront 5 years, 2 months ago

    The concept was one of deceptive simplicity. Nevertheless, it would saturate the major part of the market for at least five years.

  • smr commented on the post, prophet 5 years, 2 months ago

    He was as wild as the prevailing wind, matted hair flung back, uttering oaths, flailing his limbs about – a sight not to be forgotten.

  • smr commented on the post, swimmer 5 years, 2 months ago

    He had just the one chance, he reckoned, to escape across the lake to Switzerland. The full moon was not going to help. He would have rather crossed in absolute darkness, but he was running short of time. There could be no turning back.

  • smr commented on the post, dealer 5 years, 2 months ago

    The group around the table had dwindled down to just the three of them. Each remained impassive, with an apparent unawareness of one another, as their cards were distributed by swift flicks of the young woman’s wrist.

  • smr commented on the post, terrain 5 years, 2 months ago

    The tank reared up the bank of the crater, lurched through the barbed wire and ploughed on despite the mud.

  • smr commented on the post, modest 5 years, 2 months ago

    The sum that they had demanded was not a large amount, indeed it was quite a lot less than had been expected. What this signified was anybody’s guess.