Death In The Clouds*

“It’s Seb,” my brother says, handing me the phone at nine thirty this morning. “Thank you,” I say to my brother. “Hello my darling,” I say to Seb. “Hello my love,” Seb says.  “I’m afraid you have an idiot for a boyfriend.  I’ve missed my flight.” “Oh no.  What happened?” I say.  Maybe he had […]

Time Bomb*

“Hello,” I say, answering the flat phone at 10.05am this morning.  I’ve been asleep for thirteen hours but am still exhausted. “Hello my love,” Seb says. “Oh wow, you’re calling me,” I say.  “I’m sorry that I missed your other calls but I was at the office and…” “The thing is,” Seb says.  “I can […]

Murder In A Basket*

“I’ve brought you a present,” my brother says, from the hall of the flat. “Oh, thank you,” I say.  I’ve just woken up from my afternoon sleep and I’m sitting up in bed.  That was a long sleep: three hours.  The panther lies on the bed next to me, rasping my cheek with his rough […]

Work. Rest. Repeat*

It’s a grey day and the first leaves have started to fall.  Autumn is on its way.  Must make the most of what remains of the summer, I tell myself. Am glad Seb wasn’t in Bangkok yesterday when there was a bomb.  He has to return through there though.  Wish he would just hurry up […]

Gun, With Occasional Music*

Despite the presence of the panther, there are some good things happening:  There were artichokes in the market today again.  Bought four.  Am at my Office.  Just met up with a friend for coffee.  Am wearing a bright pink dress which looks pretty.  Haven’t worn it for a while.  Is good to have rediscovered it […]

Red Is For Murder*

“I’m not going to let you ruin my relationship with Seb,” I tell the panther.  We’re sitting on the pale blue leather sofa in the parental living room. “You don’t need me to do that,” the panther says, flicking a velvety ear.  “You’re quite capable of scaring him away yourself, just by being your miserable, […]

Murder On Safari*

“This is nice,” I say as we walk through the safari park.  “Going out for the day, like a normal family.” “We’re not a normal family,” my brother says.  “In a normal family the children aren’t thirty three and thirty six or…” “That’s not what I mean,” I say, as a wallaby hops past.  “What […]

The Cat Who Went Up The Creek*

“Meow meow meow,” I hear as I wake up from my afternoon sleep.  The whimpering sound is coming from the garden.  It’s raining out there. Pulling some shorts on, hauling myself through to the lounge, I see Dad dozing in his chair. “Dad, have you seen the fluffy monster,” I say.  “I can hear him […]

Dirty Laundry*

“Get out of bed and sort that washing out,” the panther says, breathing into my face.  His breath smells of rotten meat. It’s 5.30pm and I’m trying, and failing to achieve my afternoon sleep. “I’m not doing it,” I tell him.  He looks appalled and turns away from me, waving his tail.  He gazes out […]

Holes*

“Look,” Mum says, pointing to the grass at my feet.  We’re standing in the  parental garden.  Looking down, I see a small hole, about four centimetres in diameter.  You can see it in the attached photo. “What is it?” I say. “No one knows,” Mum says.  “The garden is covered in them, look.” Walking around […]