The Cold Nowhere*

“So, did you get your project in on time?” I ask Seb when he calls last night. “Yes,” he says.  “It’s not my best work though.  And I didn’t realise till an hour before that we were going to have to do a presentation as well and…” “You’re good at those,” I say, chopping a […]

When The Temperature Rises*

The flat phone rings at 4.38pm. “Hello,” I say. “Hello my lovely,” Seb says. “How did you know I was here?” I say.  “It’s Monday.  I ought to be at the office.  I mean – I was at the office but I came home because I’ve got a temperature and…” “Oh yes,” Seb says.  “I […]

The Black Dahlia*

“So, I went to look at the theatre,” Seb says when he calls last night.  “Thinking about maybe getting involved in some amateur stuff whilst I’m here.” “Excellent idea,” I say.  Seb used to be an actor and it could be good for him to do a bit of it in a low-stress way. “The […]

Murder Among Friends*

“I haven’t seen you for ages,” Suzie says when I answer the door, after we’ve had a hug. “It’s only been a couple of weeks hasn’t it?”  I say.  “Sorry, darling, I was asleep.”  Didn’t make it to the door in time. “Thought you probably were,” she says.  “Anyway – a couple of weeks is […]

A Thief Of Time*

“Hello,” Seb says, looking over at me in bed this morning, smiling. “Good morning,” I say.  “How did you sleep?” “Not bad,” he says.   “Well, you were asleep every time I woke up,” I say, stroking his hair, gazing into his turquoise eyes.  “You were making those contented sleeping noises: those hedgehog snuffles and…” […]

Anonymous Rex*

“Hello?” I say, answering the flat phone at 9.32pm last night. “Hello my lovely,” Seb says.  “I’m sorry to phone so late.” “That’s alright my darling,” I say.  “It’s good to hear from you.  How is it going there?” Seb is in Wales with his Mum and Uncle.  His Grandma has just died. “Well, I’ve seen Granny,” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Love Story, With Murders*

“Hello,” Seb says.  It’s almost ten o’clock but my love is calling me! “My darling,” I say.  “Hello.  I miss you.” “Oh, my love, I miss you too,” he says.  “It’s difficult, finding a time to call and, well, I set an alarm and I fell asleep and…” “I was worried that I hadn’t heard […]

Work. Rest. Repeat*

It’s been one-of-those-days.  Traffic, too much work and assorted other stresses.  My phone rings when I’m on my way home at long last at seven o’clock. “Hello,” I say. “Hello,” Seb says, for it is him.  Immediately, I feel better: hearing his mellifluous drawl.  He has not forgotten me, my wonderful boy . “Hi darling,” […]