Summer Night Circus: Part 4/5

Samuel escorted me back to the house once the excitement of the others had died down and we could finally take our leave. I felt as though I was electrified, the warmth of the reaction from the others causing a wide smile of my own to break out and my step to become impossibly light, almost as though my earlier desire to fly with the trapeze twins were being granted...

Summer Night Circus: Part 3/5

The village was strange in the darkness. Despite the pale blue hue of the sky, the buildings appeared huddled in the shadows, unfamiliar and intimidating, whilst the cool wind caused an odd whistle from a nearby window. It wasn’t cold, per se, the summer prevented the night air from being too frigid yet the nerves fluttering about my stomach made it difficult to feel any warmth...

Summer Night Circus: Part 2/5

I am thankful to say that the next day my Father’s mood had brightened. The improvement of his leg may have helped, the clumsy limp which had plagued him the night before seemed to have eased slightly allowing him to resume his usual stride...

Summer Night Circus: Part 1/5

I’ve always adored the circus. I remember the first time that I went as a little girl. I had begged my father all week for permission to attend with him, barely managing not the choke on the heavy fumes of cigar smoke and liquor as I’d pleaded my case...

Down and Out: Part 2/2

I seemed to be breathing quicker. My hands felt clammy, my skin unbearably tight as we waited for a response. In the distant, I could hear a pigeon cooing and a flap of wings. Still we waited...

Down and Out: Part 1/2

I'd forgotten what it felt like to be warm, I think that we both had. We'd become so accustomed to feeling nothing short of cold for so long that our skin seemed to have become permanently chilled...

Mystery Boy: Part 2/2

Kate didn’t sleep easily that night. Her worry over Isobel’s new companion plagued her, the same old thoughts and anxieties going around her mind like some disturbing carousel, depriving her of sleep. She felt restless, yet whenever she tried to find the words to explain what it was, her mind scattered, rambling off...

Mystery Boy: Part 1/2

The final bell of the day had just rang out through the corridor as Kate and Isobel made their way down it, causing the narrow passageway to fill with eager students and the loud squeak of rubber soles against slippery floors. It was still bright outside...