It’s taken me a little while to get around to posting this here, but I am thrilled to share the news that my latest short story, ‘Sharks Patrol These Waters’ was published over at Fictive Dream back in April. Here’s the opening:

Photograph by Wai Siew

‘And finally, on the shore, white sand slipping between his toes like time, he stared out to where she stood, waves lapping at her waist and wearing only the simple pale green swimsuit he had insisted she buy, and he found, after all, that he could not bring himself to enter the water.

‘Come on in, the water’s literally fine,’ she said and waved for him to follow.

In fairness, he did take a step, but then he stopped. It was ridiculous. To have come this far, to have boarded an aircraft, to have allowed himself to be thrown so high through the air at such stupid speed in a flimsy tin can full of people and luggage and highly explosive fuel, yes, it was ridiculous to have put himself through all that, rigid in his seat, hands clutching the ends of the armrests, only to balk now, at the water’s edge, looking out to where she waited, this woman he was still growing to know, stood with her hands on her hips, her bare, vulnerable legs hidden beneath the sea’s glimmering surface…’

Head over to Fictive Dream to read on.

And if you do click through to take a look, be sure to check out some of the other great fiction they have on offer there. ‘Bubble Man’ by Jonathan Taylor, ‘Ragdoll’ by Hannah Stevens, and ‘Can You Just Be Quiet, Now?’ by Kerry Haldey-Pryce are all worth a read for a start.