The Laughing Man

“Pull back the veil on life, love and the future my dearies… just a penny and I shall gaze into the great beyond.” Shrieks of giddy joy permeated through the thick tendrils of incense, interspersed with the rush of wheels on wooden tracks. Subdued candlelight picked out tarot cards, a collection of crystals and glinted […]

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O’ Tannenbaum

Once upon a time there was a tree. It was quite the most wondrous tree in all of the Schwarzwald. Folk travelled for miles to marvel at its verdant branches. It was said that anyone who laid their eyes upon the tree wept with joy, until their heart was cleansed and their vigour renewed. Bards […]

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Sinners

“May God have mercy on your souls.” Several ‘souls’ slouched in the ramshackle pews. Summer, sweaty and halcyon by opposing measures eked on, throwing long shadows across the tiled floor. The very air was heavy, incense cloying as it wound its way along the nave. Once bright tapestries donated by “christians for youth” now hung […]

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Circle

Inside no. 9 – Circle Mmmbop, duba, du bop, du. Hanson is on repeat, it’s the fourth time Elaine has heard the perky refrain. It clashes with the otherworldly aesthetic of Nine Below, all aurora and transparency. Roughly arranged blocks of ice form the furniture, draped with midnight blue blankets that reflect the star spangled […]

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The Meeting

“You need to be here.” It’s an accusation, as bitter as their relationship has become. Hugh can hear it trickling through clipped tones, given colour by the angular set of Arthur’s frame. Arms are folded, anger the tight line of his brother’s jaw. Now their eyes won’t meet. Now their words are dagger-sharp, whet to […]

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