After Z-Day – Part I – Chapter VII

Chapter Seven

Location: Waltham Forest, London
Date: 12 October 2016

It was late.

Or early.

She didn’t care. She didn’t remember. Time wasn’t important, not anymore.

Not like this.

She watched.Read More »

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After Z-Day – Part I – Chapter VI

Chapter Six

Location: Hackney, London
Date: 11 October 2016

The next day, I was exhausted. I’d hoped being surrounded by coffee might perk me up a little, but three espressos later and I could still barely keep my eyes open.

I’d made it back home fine, much to Naomi’s relief, though I’d dodged all of her questions before I shut myself in my room. I stuffed the file I’d stolen in my mattress and I’d been sitting there, debating deleting all the photos from my phone, when a face flashed into my mind.

A woman’s face.Read More »

Tacenda – Chapter Two

CHAPTER TWO

psithurism

(n.) the sound of rustling leaves

 Amber set off at a good pace, sticking to the right-hand side of the narrow road so she could see if any cars were heading her way. It was nice to be off the bus, at least; though it was still hot, the sun beating down on the back of her neck, there was the occasional breeze, and at least the air was fresh. She switched the hand that was pulling the case every so often, and eventually found herself smiling, the events on the bus all but forgotten.

The forest seemed to come out of nowhere.Read More »

After Z-Day – Part I – Chapter V

Chapter Five

Location: City of London, London
Date: 10 October 2016

I didn’t have time to think; all I could do was react. I had my footing and so I moved, punching the scientist in the jaw before he could grab whatever he was reaching for. He cried out and the noises from the lab stopped.

I grabbed him again and shoved him back against the wall. He hit it hard—I winced at the crack—and his expression went dazed, so I pushed him aside, to the ground.Read More »

After Z-Day – Part I – Chapter IV

Chapter Four

Location: City of London, London
Date: 10 October 2016

“Pick up the phone,” I muttered, standing with my back to the wall. “Pick up, for fuck’s sake!”

“What’s going on?” Bishop sounded unruffled.

I was glad he hadn’t bothered with a greeting; it would have only frustrated me more—if that was even possible at this point.

“What’s going on?” I hissed. “You didn’t tell me this was a lab! You said there was nothing here…”

“I said there were no critters for you to free. It’s not an animal testing place.”

“Then what is it?”Read More »

Tacenda – Chapter One

CHAPTER ONE

tacenda

(n.) things better left unsaid; matters to be passed over in silence

The bus trundled down the country road, rattling dangerously when the driver took a corner a little too fast. Amber grabbed for her suitcase as it began to roll away, hauling it back so it was pressed up against her knees. She started fanning herself again with the leaflet that had been pushed into her hand at the bus station. Do you believe in life after death? it read and Amber had rolled her eyes at the time. Now she appreciated it. The air inside the bus was thick and cloying, a pressure against her skin, making her feel sticky.Read More »

Rapid Fire Book Tag

So I saw this over on Christina’s blog (go check it out–it’s multilingual and about books <3) and thought it might be a fun thing to do this week. I’ve never done a book tag before; should be fun! 🙂

1. Ebook or physical books?

Depends on the book. I definitely have more e-books, for ease of travelling (I’d need a whole bunch of suitcases to carry all the books I’d have needed when I moved abroad) but when it comes to things like graphic novels, I prefer physical books. For most regular books, I don’t mind either format–though if they have footnotes (Good Omens, I’m looking at you), physical books are better; and for studying, I found ebooks were good for the searching and highlighting features, though they were trickier to flick through.

2. Paperback or hardback?

Oh, I really don’t mind. The only exception is if a book is reallllllly long–I have the Abhorsen trilogy, for example, all as one book, and it’s a paperback, which means it bends really easily. So, hardback is better for keeping the whole thing together, I guess?

3. Online or in-store book shopping?

I do so much book shopping online. It’s just easier (and yes, I know we should support independent bookstores, but 1) there are like none where I live and 2) I literally buy 90% ebooks–so, Amazon) and, since I mainly buy ebooks, I get the books instantly. Still, if I’m just interested in browsing, it’s fun to go into a bookstore because I think it’s easier there to find hidden gems.


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