Damian Clarke

Thud Thud Thud…

Thud Thud Thud…

An enormous, fire-breathing dragon glows against the night sky.
I’m this big and I breathe fire! (Photo by Thomas Despeyroux on Unsplash)

The pounding of drums drew us out from behind our desks and over to the windows. A huge dragon was making its way out of the side street, heading around the block to Gerard Street, I imagine.

The dragon was escorted by drummers, civilian…


A figure drawn on a wall hangs beneath a heart, like a desperate man hanging from a balloon.
Hanging on for dear life, knowing it’s just hot air holding me up (Photo by…

Forget everything you have heard and read,

he said.

Eve is not who you think she is.

Vera had written Eve’s words and given her voice. Everything “Eve” was actually Vera. Eve was a lie.

Everything I knew about, my online relationship was vapour.

Returning from here would be difficult.

50 WORDs

An old-fashioned engraving of ornately uniformed and mustached Baden soldiers with pointy helmets. Some also have plumes!
Members of the Political Unrest Suppression Specialist Yeomanry (Photo by British Library on Unsplash)

The RSM shouted his introduction.

You are here because you are the elite and we are a new, elite, specialist force. Welcome to the Political Unrest Suppression Specialist Yeomanry!

Greenaway — because it’s always Greenaway — raised his hand.

Sir. Did anyone check the name with marketing before it was…


An attractive Asian woman leans against a wall, staring at us. An inscrutable expression, and maybe melasma, on her face.
Angela (Photo by Joe Gardner on Unsplash)

I was shipping out — at the door, bag in hand — when someone knocked on the other side.


I hadn’t seen her for weeks.

She was standing there, skin a bit blotchy through her makeup, looking tired and afraid.

“What’s wrong”, I asked?

She looked into my eyes.

Damian Clarke

Damian Clarke

I’m a writer and publisher working in Sydney, Australia and London, UK. I specialise in finance, technology, insurance, property, medicine and sustainability.