• zebra commented on the post, salvation 7 years ago

    ‘There’s no salvation in that,’ he said, watching me take another large sip.
    ‘How do you know?’
    ‘I’ve tried it. It doesn’t work.’
    ‘What do you suggest I do, then?’

  • zebra commented on the post, stretcher 7 years, 2 months ago

    They carried him out on a stretcher. This wouldn’t have been unusual in normal circumstances, but these weren’t normal. I have no idea where they found a stretcher, or why they got to use it on him, but they did.

  • zebra commented on the post, railroad 7 years, 2 months ago

    The railroad was not as straight as I’d been led to believe. They said it would be an easy journey; that the train would go in more or less a straight line across all eight states throughout the journey. It didn’t.

  • zebra commented on the post, harness 7 years, 2 months ago

    The harness did not feel secure. Nope, not in any way, shape or form. And it didn’t matter how much they all told me it would be fine, the Fear from the previous time was still with me. It had taken this long, […]

  • zebra commented on the post, seeds 7 years, 2 months ago

    The top seeds all expected to see their name on the list, but I didn’t. I was the surprise; the shock entry. I had no idea until a few days before that I was even going, let alone be included in this list. It was […]

  • zebra commented on the post, keen 7 years, 3 months ago

    I wasn’t that keen. I really wasn’t. I felt bad because I knew they’d tried really hard to match it to the sort of person they thought I was, but it showed how little they really knew about me. It was going to be […]

  • zebra commented on the post, framework 7 years, 3 months ago

    The framework was all wrong. I knew it from the start and I wasn’t the only one who did. But it made not difference at the top: it’s what we’d be following and there was nothing we could do about it. It was going […]

  • zebra commented on the post, straw 7 years, 3 months ago

    ‘It’s a straw hat.’
    ‘Are you sure?’
    ‘Yes of course I’m sure! What else could it be?’
    We’d been playing Pictionary for four hours by this point and it’s fair to say tempers were a little frayed.

  • zebra commented on the post, reporter 7 years, 3 months ago

    ‘He doesn’t look like a reporter,’ I said.
    ‘No, but he is.’
    ‘Are you sure?’
    ‘How long are we going to have this conversation for? Yes, I’m sure!’
    ‘Okay I believe you. He just doesn’t look like a reporter, is […]

  • zebra commented on the post, transform 7 years, 3 months ago

    I told them to transform me.
    ‘Are you sure?’ they said.
    ‘Of course…why wouldn’t I be?’
    ‘Oh no reason…just…no reason.’
    Whatever it was they didn’t say, there clearly was a reason. But it would be a long […]

  • zebra commented on the post, tasting 7 years, 4 months ago

    The tasting session was a little weirder than I had imagined. I thought it might be that we got to drink a little bit of wine at every course, but that essentially we would stay sober and be able to tell exactly […]

  • zebra commented on the post, hearing 7 years, 4 months ago

    The hearing was held across three days, but not consecutive days. In fact it took six months in total to get a result…six months of problems and one excuse after another as to why the doctors wouldn’t let him […]

  • zebra commented on the post, separate 7 years, 4 months ago

    “Separate them,” he said.
    “Pardon?”
    “You heard.”
    “But sir…”
    “I said, separate them.”

    I didn’t want to do it. No one wanted to do it. It was unnatural.

  • zebra commented on the post, gladiator 7 years, 4 months ago

    I’d never seen a female gladiator before. In all my years in the city it had been large man after large man to dispose of, but never this. She was a little woman, and probably had been pretty although it was hard […]

  • zebra commented on the post, desk 7 years, 5 months ago

    I sat staring at my desk, doing nothing. Nothing was coming and nothing was going to come either. It was just one of those days. I looked across at the others, who were – of course – all writing away as though […]

  • zebra commented on the post, pins 7 years, 5 months ago

    I had pins and needles…I couldn’t help it. All the times I said I wouldn’t feel like this but the time had finally rolled round and despite my best efforts I felt the same as everyone else. I was scared.

  • zebra commented on the post, fixed 7 years, 6 months ago

    ‘The game was fixed,’ she said ‘properly, truly fixed.’ There’s no way they would have won otherwise.
    ‘Aren’t you being a bit unfair?’ I said, not quite believing her.
    ‘No I don’t think so.’

  • zebra commented on the post, petition 7 years, 6 months ago

    I wouldn’t sign the petition. I knew I should but I couldn’t. Everyone else I knew did…family, friends. But not me. It just didn’t feel right in my gut and no matter what I did to rationalise it I couldn’t make […]

  • zebra commented on the post, recycle 7 years, 6 months ago

    Recycle has come to be a positive word for something that a lot of the UK does in order to help the environment. It can also, however, be a word to mean reworking or trotting out the same old crap that you did […]

  • zebra commented on the post, demonstration 7 years, 6 months ago

    The demonstration raged on and on, until it became more of a riot than anything else. People were so angry, and understandably so – their voices weren’t heard and the ones not listening had it all. They just […]