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 Five

Maria and Adam chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden The satellite navigation system, thank fully did work, and Angela quickly found Maria and Adam Worthy’s home in the remains of Indooroopilly.  When she found them, Adam, was trapped under a fallen beam in their damaged home. The beam was part of the ceiling…… Continue reading Colony Chapter Five

Colony Chapter Four

Homecoming chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden “Angela! You know just turning up unannounced is terribly bad manners, and brining extra guests, strangers, as well, is just too much!”  her mother scolded. “Hi Mum, it’s lovely to see you too,” Angela replied.  “I would have called ahead, but the phones aren’t working, and…… Continue reading Colony Chapter Four

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

The Garden

The Garden short story by Iris Carden The greenhouse has become my favourite place to spend my spare time. Once Howard insisted that anyone involved in our little farming operation had to actually work on it, our group of Martian farmers was reduced to three: Howard, Sarah and me. Howard’s taught Sarah and me a…… Continue reading The Garden