The Garden

The Garden short story by Iris Carden Carla woke up.  Where was she? The walls were white.  The sheets on the bed were white. She was in a white nightdress. The person leaning over her was dressed in white. “Oh good. You’re awake,” the woman said. “Where am I?” Carla asked. “What do you remember?”…… Continue reading The Garden

Colony Chapter Fifteen

Bang! chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden Jamie’s email had one word: “Bang!” “So what are we doing while the explosives go off? Do we stay here? Do we hide in the bunker? What?” Angela asked the household. “None of you are going to work today, that’s for sure,” Adam said.  “The question…… Continue reading Colony Chapter Fifteen

Colony Chapter Thirteen

Claire chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden There was a Zaratin official at the gate.  The soldiers, Edward and Mary all headed to the bunker. Angela went to greet the official at the front door.  It was not one, but two Zaratins, and they were dragging a badly beaten woman.  Angela recognised her…… Continue reading Colony Chapter Thirteen

Colony Chapter Nine

Bunker chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden The daily message on the tv advised that all humans would receive their work allocation in the next few days.  Those who had been assessed as being unable to work would be transported to institutions, where they would learn skills if they were able, and if…… Continue reading Colony Chapter Nine

Colony Chapter Eight

Census chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden The gate alert buzzed. The buzz was followed by an electronic voice from the gate microphone: “Zaratin official for census.  Open door.” “Open the door?  You’re nowhere near the door,” Mary said. “He means gate, Mum. English isn’t their first language,” Angela said.  She reached past…… Continue reading Colony Chapter Eight

Colony Chapter Six

Communications Systems chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden The tv Angela’s parents were watching displayed a test pattern.  It was the first sign any communications systems were coming on-line. A message running across the screen said: “Stay tuned for an important message at 2pm AEST.” Angela and Jamie decided to recharge their long-flat…… Continue reading Colony Chapter Six

Survival Chapter 3

Time to Leave chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden “It’s quiet,” Angela said. “It’s been quiet most of the day,” Martha answered. “We think the fighting’s moved on.” “How long was I out of it?”   “A couple of days.  You were always responsive enough for us to give you paracetamol and antibiotics,…… Continue reading Survival Chapter 3

Survival Chapter 2

Fever Dream chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden Angela was reading with her feet up on the lounge, a thing that would never have been allowed in her parents’ home.  Luci was sitting beside her, leaning on her and purring.   This was the adult life her father had always told her she…… Continue reading Survival Chapter 2