George & The Seahorse

Wearing off-white shorts, a pastel green wrap blouse, and silver canvas sandals, she sat in the peace of the late afternoon at a sidewalk table of the Le Bon Auberge. A heady background of sun oil, and coffee espresso, filled the light breeze off St. Tropez as she relaxed: gave herself up to the flapping colours and clinking boats to …

Toni One

Toni One must have started early for he was already rushing in and out with ladders and buckets and assorted tools when I arrived at the house at eight-fifteen the next morning. Not wanting to slow him down I avoided conversation by going straight up to the second floor apartment where I could wait for Carl, the first appointment of …

Friends & Foes

  Looking back on the incident she wished she had done no more than that initial scream. It was enough, after all, to bring out the beast in Luca, and what a beast he turned out to be, and it clearly immobilized the intruder. He was not going to make anymore trouble, and would probably have left chastened, and empty …

The Conversion Course

In the beginning there was a phone call: a short interrogation to establish the mind-set. Mine went like this: “Hello.” “Hello. Is that Phil Newman?” “It is.” “This is Flight Engineering Training Manager Concorde. Are you still interested in a Concorde course.” “Yes.” “It’s not for everyone.” “I understand.” “It’s a lot of work – not everyone finishes.” “I know.” …

Memories in the City

Meira returned to the city and went immediately to the central chamber where she sat on the floor squarely in the middle of its towering grandeur. Anima came so quickly Meira found herself exploring her memory almost as if it were her own. For a long time the land was green –supported by two major rivers carrying the nutrients down …

Toni Two

I rented an apartment for myself four blocks away in Adams Avenue, an area not quite so developed as my block, but coming along. It was important, I felt, to be near my investment, but without actually living on the job because there is always the need to be able to go home at the end of the day – …

The Italian

Sir William Saint Thomas Houghton decided against entering the pyramid. He knew the interior as well as any man on the planet and therefore had no desire to venture into the low passageways to walk, inelegantly stooped, in an atmosphere created from five thousand years of pointedly human odours that had permeated the walls of Cheops. Instead he remained outside, …

Dar-es-Salaam

The days start earlier in Bahrain than London but I didn’t. I was still deep in slumber when the operator rang to call the crew to the new day. Dinner the previous evening was not much to my taste so breakfast was calling but, just as in Mombasa all those years ago, there was not quite enough time. Coffee and …

Looking for Aquifers

It took less than an hour to find and test the nearest aquifer but sadly it was sour – sour to smell, and sour in appearance. They didn’t taste it. They moved on, drilling quickly and easily in ground free of hard, drill-bit-shattering, material. Each drilling took them further from the city – stretching their resources, increasing their logistical problems …

The Closing

Frankie called two days after his dramatic performance in the parlour to say that he would accept my offer of $500,000. He did not state it as simply as that of course. He was at pains to explain that his acceptance of my offer stemmed from his social consciousness – that he saw in me the seeds of a man …