Wild & Improbable Tales – Play On

The record had played itself out hours ago but it spun tunelessly on. The rhythmic scratch and bump of the needle a counter point to their slow and steady breathing, whispering through the quiet dark. No words passed their lips, no flitting shadow broke their gaze. Gentle fingers on warm skin was all the language [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Drifting

We had been floating for days. The mainland long out of sight. With no power and scant amounts of food, people were starting to get desperate. We still didn't understand what had happened, why this little bit of land had just broken off and floated away. Pulled on an invisible current too...where? We still had [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Unseen

He passes, unseen, through the early morning market. Cloaked in shadow, slipping between the stalls, none mark him for what he is. Only the dead eyes of the morning's catch notice that he is more than shade - but their time for talking is long gone, and so it doesn't matter. Even he doesn't know [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Ticket to Nowhere

Thumbing the dog-eared corner of her passport she regarded the departures board. There were no blank pages left: every inch of space was layered with stamps from every corner of the globe. And yet...and still...she longed to keep going. To find some undiscovered corner. To get lost. Utterly lost in thought, she didn't see the [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – In The Lamplight

All was in darkness and silence. Only the feeble glow of the lamp provided any relief. It was in the cone fo that yellow light that I observed him: the little daemon at the foot of my bed. He perched there, unmoving except for the slow blink of his black eyes, and regarded me with [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Taste and Remember

The memory of that taste was the only happy thing he had left. The tang, the mellow creaminess. He remembered his mother standing at the makeshift worktop in their sparse kitchenette; he remembered the cracked, red fingers of her gentle hands unwrapping the wax paper as though she were opening a parcel of the finest [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Equilibrium

Empires rose and fell but still the wall stood strong. When the most advanced technologies of Earth stuttered and failed, the wall remained, standing sentry over a land that retreated back under the cover of nature. Unseen, she stood with it. Hair of golden grasses streaked with green, skin of warm brown earth, eyes the [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Which Way Up?

All it took was one step, one sip, one tumble down the rabbit hole, one big shrink spurt for everything to change. It always struck me as strange that a nonsense world could make so much sense. Even the vicious queen in her house of cards is not so bad as she seems - after [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Death Becomes You

"Death becomes you, my dear..." Her whispered words were cold against my cheek; her embrace a steely grip wrapped in cashmere. She stepped away, still holding my shoulders in her iron talons. Her cherubic face tilted as she regarded me, the ghost of an enigmatic smile tugging at the corners of her lips. Blinking, I [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – A Ghost Of Warmth

At first, it looks like a room full of people. With a languorous certainty, they circulate, moving like the inexorable grace of a glacier, the entrancing dance of the fire. And then you notice something strange: there are no heads, no hands, no legs. They are a sea of jumpers and sweaters, moving as though [...]