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Tag: Creative writing

The Yearbook Prophecies – Short Story

When I first pulled it out of the box in my attic, I had to do a double take. I hadn’t seen it in years, but it seemed so familiar. It was an object of such fondness to me that even though I’d just found it again, I felt I’d had it by my side all of these years.

But I hadn’t. Not really. It’d been up here, in the box of memories like the rest of my aging junk. Nestled there, amongst the skateboard and roller blades, between the paintings I’d done when I was 15. The pages still felt crisp, despite all the times I’d read the book through the years when I’d missed those formative years.

Here it was, my school yearbook. Chock full to the brim with pictures of people I’d called friends. Some who I’d called my enemies, too. A tome that I’d taken with me to college and even now remained. Even with me moving to a new house with my second wife, it was still stored in the attic instead of discarded in the trash like most people’s memories.

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My New Flat (Short fiction)

When I moved in to the new flat, I couldn’t have been happier. It was everything I wanted and more, at a fraction of the price I intended to pay. The letting agent had been particularly enthusiastic, showing me around every inch of the ground floor apartment. He led me through the front door and into the bedroom, through to the lavish kitchen area and into the living room. It was an older-style flat, converted from a house a few decades ago. I’d asked the agent who lived upstairs but he shook his head and continued showing me around: “Check out this bathroom! Fully marble floors!”

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