​Table for two, drinks for one by Estelle Hislop

Trigger warning: character death ‘I’m going to make an honest woman of you.’ The phone erupts in a squeal of excited squeals as Bonnie flings a torrent of incoherent exclamations down the line. I smile at her fingers-down-the –chalkboard impersonation and mutter a few more platitudes before inviting her to a romantic dinner at my …

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Falling by Louise Beyers

"The mountains continue far into the distance. Every now and again, you can see a town nestled in a valley, rich with the life of the forest. Each town is different. Perhaps one catches your eye, does so because it is almost noticeable, hidden by leaves and a rocky outcrop." "I could tell you about …

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​ “It is lonely here where I am …” by Emma Reid

I am surrounded by loving family, the result of a fruitful life, and in my arms I hold the latest addition … my first grandchild. My heart seems to claw at its ribcage in an effort to express its joy and gratitude at this perfect miracle, but I would be lying if I said that …

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​Walking the path … by Cailin Joubert

Our feet made crunching noises as we walked down the path. Daniel said it reminded him of the sound your straw makes when you push it into your milkshake. The sky was dark - it looked like a stain on a grey shirt when you accidentally spill water on it. All around us, leafless trees …

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If only I… by Robyn Truter

Eight years old, he thought back to three days ago. His best friend, Tracy had just admitted that she'd stolen his chocolate. "I hate you!" He had shouted, swallowing his guilt. 'I'll apologise later,' he thought. Running, she hadn't seen the car... until it was too late. Through shouts and ambulances, he'd known that she …

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you’re not special by Estelle Hislop

They turn to face each other. She’s self-conscious. As they do; I whisper my refrain. You're not special, my dear, to some random on the street. You're not special to the man you saw, but didn't greet. You're simply not special. Yes, I know I don't flatter, but in the scope of the universe you truly …

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Back to black by Piya Igwe

Trigger warning: mentions of depression and drug use. Society has convinced us the use of drugs is "immoral" and "bad". When associated with celebrities we find ourselves in a dilemma: should we be honouring them for their talent or shaming them for their immorality? Teens are highly impressionable. The use of drugs can set a …

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​If coffee shops could talk by Jessica Marshall

Coffee shops. The casual meeting place for old friends, business people, first dates, baby showers and much more. The ideal place for a break, or a place to work on that novel you've been meaning to finish. Coffee shops are buzzing with activity and rich with the secrets of their customers. I am a coffee …

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​A Twisted Memory by Jessica van der Merwe

Trigger warning: character death. I looked out the window and my drumming heart started playing its tribal rhythm. I could almost see them, my children like roses in a concrete garden, beautiful and forlorn. I let my clenched fists ease as this memory flooded my saddened mind. I could almost hear their sweet sound as …

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The Importance of Forgiveness by Maria Ortelee

Trigger warning: character death.  That sickly sweet scent filled my lungs as I shuffled down that dreaded pathway. Everything about this place was ominous and covered in pain. The trees hung in mourning and the grass crackled with dried-up hope. Sharp twigs and scratchy leaves brushed against my legs as I picked my way through …

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