Valentine in June, Chapter Two
I ducked down into the shrubbery and hid, mortified to be in my pyjamas. The girl herself was wearing a simple black leotard with a thin pink belt, and although she looked no older than me, she tapped like a professional. But who was she, and what was she doing here?
The Communique, Epilogue
Contrary to the lyrics, that boyfriend of Cherry’s wasn’t so far away. For some time now Flashthunder had served more as her live-in groupie than a commissioned Mini-Flash, but since he was still strictly speaking a senior and happened to be present when the extraction teams arrived, the adult Flashes mostly for the sake of appearances drafted him into some sort of active role. He for his part weakly attempted an excuse about the music having been too loud for him to hear his skirt-alarm, but it was symptomatic that no-one really minded.
The Communique, Chapter Five
Phoenix Neetkins completed her hyperspeed jump and dropped the Star-Fighter Mark II into position. Greenish-blue clouds scudded above the curvature of a world. Spotlights breaking intermittently through this cover hinted at some open-air event about to kick off below.
The Communique, Chapter Four
Dylan and Flashsatsumas had ridden a Booster-class wheeled robot at full throttle across the Grindotron megalopolis whence Prof’s laboratory towered. Now our hero and his Mini-Flash companion hastened into a far less imposing edifice, the Museum of Monitoring Apparatus, amid asseverations from the former that in quieter times it was well worth a proper trip.
The Communique, Chapter Three
Mailroom Duty at Flash Club Headquarters was never exactly a thrill a minute, and after the morning’s upheavals it was no wonder 4-H-N couldn’t keep her mind on the job. She was deeply happy Mini-Flash Pseudangelos had come home, that much went without saying. Yet the gladness bore with it a note of foreboding, because for all that 4-H-N’s so-called Special Program Task Force may originally have come to her in need, there was no longer any doubt they’d since come to view themselves as guests through choice alone. Sue’s mysterious little adventure was proof enough of that.
The Communique, Chapter Two
4-H-N’s devoted duo had been assigned to an unfrequented eddy of limpid space, where lumpy clusters of frozen gas-bubbles clumped together to dot the region with tiny translucent asteroids. Atop one of these waited Flashbee, standing up on account of his stinger, which was uncomfortable but he had to keep it primed for immediate use.
Ancient Roman History and the Plays of William Shakespeare
Around 1599, William Shakespeare wrote an historical tragedy about Julius Caesar, the celebrated military general and political leader of Ancient Rome. Plays based on the Classical Era were popular in Shakespeare’s time, and the story of Caesar’s illustrious life and his violent untimely death had become well-known in England through Plutarch’s Lives of the Most Noble Grecians and Romans, translated into English by Thomas North and published in 1579.
Two Female Coming-of-Agers
If you've ever so much as glanced over my writing on Vocal, you'll agree there's quite a good deal of coming-of-age in there. However, you'll probably also agree it seems to be written exclusively from a male perspective. The following plea for feedback was prompted by my friend Staringale, who read and gave me some very kind comments on one of the few exceptions to the above rule. This in turn started me thinking about the general absence of female coming-of-age tales within my body of work.
On Prince Hal and the History Plays
William Shakespeare began to write English history plays early in his career with the three-part Henry the Sixth, followed by Richard the Third which was his first major success. Around 1597 he began a second four-part cycle, this one about the preceding historical period.