Annoyingly, it wasn’t as warm in the mornings yet as it had been twelve months earlier. The warmer the mornings, the more calories burnt on my pre-work walk. I got back to the house and checked my watch – five fifty-two am, and I’d managed to reach the castle ruins this time. The streetlights createdContinue reading “Denouement”

Crinkle Crags

stretched and bent with the satisfaction that I had no particular place to go. A day of ambling through historic streets filled with desirable scents. A smooth sea breeze brought in by the dawn meandered through the delicate cotton drapes that softened the pale-yellow rising sun. Crisp hotel sheets supplied a perfect amount of heatContinue reading “Crinkle Crags”

Newby Bridge

£46.70 is what it came to. Half a tank, maybe more and whatever it cost to fill the canister. Plus, the price of the canister too. My right hand stunk of petrol and I’d spilt some down the side of the pickup when releasing the pump, despite shaking off for a reasonable amount of time.Continue reading “Newby Bridge”

Great Mell Fell

The local papers used words such as “shocking, brutal, mindless, horrific, distressing.” One even went as far as to call the victims, “Innocent teenagers.” A nineteen-year-old is an adult. An adult that knows deliberately and repeatedly riding a motorbike through a herd of terrified sheep and their young is a scumbag move; end of story.Continue reading “Great Mell Fell”

Cartmel Fell

There’s a track that becomes too rigorous for vehicles after quarter of a mile, up past old Jimmy Fleming’s, the retired stone mason, who still, occasionally repairs the odd wall after a storm’s caused a bit of bother. Jim Fleming, a master of balancing a fag on his bottom lip, no matter how prevailing aContinue reading “Cartmel Fell”


When you’ve murdered another human being and you decide against confessing, you bury it. You bury it so deep that you hit the earth’s core with your shovel. Then you fill that hole with whatever it is you can; dirt, rubble, debris, distraction, ignorance, denial, whatever it is that is going to help put theContinue reading “Bowness”

High Street Part ii

‘Oh, hi.’ I replied, distraught that I was looking a complete mess. I’d imagined bumping into Faye in the summer when I was tanned and had been able to join a gym again. Nonchalantly saying ‘Alright’ or giving her half a wave whilst laughing, surrounded by expensive bottles of red and a sea of Armani.Continue reading “High Street Part ii”

High Street

from a pleasant sleep. Pleasant dreams. Instantly forgetting any connotation; basking only in serenity. The window was open ajar, allowing a mild breeze to freshen the room. I stretched, content, confused, unsure of where I was. The faux feeling of equanimity on the surface began to crack like a crème brûlée. Incandescent molten horror oozedContinue reading “High Street”

Helvellyn Part ii

I stood motionless, staring at the body. For a second I thought I saw it move, or maybe it was just his jacket rippling in the wind. It was hard to tell. I lifted my eyes, keeping my head low, cautiously observing left to right. I couldn’t see a soul. Turning quickly, I looked behind.Continue reading “Helvellyn Part ii”

Helvellyn: Part i

Friday. One o’clock finish. Any working day that ends at one is alright in my book. It was ten AM. The beautiful mind in me calculated that four, no three hours remained. Despite the early finish Fridays had a tendency to drag. Expectation lingered, pushing against the ticking hands of time. The kettle boiled. TheContinue reading “Helvellyn: Part i”