Author: Corporate Clarke

Fiction writer

What will that prove?

This story was written for NYC Midnight’s 100 word micro fiction challenge. The brief was… Genre: Suspense/Thriller Action: Answering a phone Word: Prove Words: 100 * “Video feed is live, sir.” I walk around the table to the laptop. World One Tower is visible from our office window. The screen shows me a crummy live […]

Crush: Chapter 1

“Regular mocha with whipped cream”. That sounds nice. I step forward to claim it. The person who paid for it steps forward too. But he stalls. I pick up the cup. We look at each other over the tops of our masks. He recognises me. “Oh, I ordered the same drink as well,” he says. […]

Perseverance

Another Reddit writing prompt. You discover an alien junkyard on mars, and slowly piece together what the civilization was like through examining its trash. r/WritingPrompts Perseverance The wormhole opens for a fraction of a second. Photons tumble through the space curtain, gasses do not, as is procedure with exploratory wormholes. A few seconds later the […]

A Retirement Job

Photo: Bruno Martins – Unsplash * This story was written for NYC Midnight’s Short Story Challenge round 1. The brief was as follows: Genre: Crime Caper Subject: Landscaping Character: A gemmologist Word limit: 2,500 Deadline: 8 days * Title: A Retirement Job. Synopsis: The heist was a success, but the gemmologist is dead, they can’t […]

Rusalka Part 1

Benji I don’t realise that I am in another microsleep until I come out of it and nearly commit suicide. My first instinct is to pull the car into the left hand lane where the oncoming traffic is travelling at a relative speed of 140 miles per hour. In a fraction of a second I […]

Rain

This story was written in response to a writing prompt on r/writingprompts. The writing prompt was: [SP] You are a retired superhero trying to dissuade a young child from trying to be like you. Rain Images of infernos light up the TV screen. The news ticker at the bottom of the screen tells you that it’s […]

Broken Stone

This story was written in response to a writing prompt on r/writingprompts. The writing prompt was: You’re bored at lunchtime during school. You pick up a rock and throw it, and instead of falling back to the ground, it keeps flying until you can’t see it anymore Broken Stone 5th January 2020 You push away […]

Office Move Day

Below is my submission for round 1 of NYC Midnight’s 100 word microfiction challenge The brief was: Genre: Comedy Subject: Moving a couch Word: Announce. Length: 100 words Time limit: 24 hours * Office Move Day  “Doc,” he shouts, from the consulting room, “where did you get this couch from?” “It’s an antique chaise lounge, […]

Thirty-Six-Million Roubles 

  Picture is: Gwendolen Harleth at the roulette table(illustration to Daniel Deronda). Written for NYC Midnight’s short story challenge 2020. My brief was as follows: Genre: Fairy Tale Subject: Addiction Character: A train conductor Time limit: 8 days Word Count: 2,500 words Once upon a time there was a steam train that carried the richest gamblers and […]

Pagliacci the Clown

Picture: Portrait of Enrico Caruso as Canio in Pagliacci from a postcard published circa 1904 (public domain)   Written for NYC Midnight’s Microfiction Challenge 2019 – round 1. My brief was as follows: Genre: Comedy Action: Setting an alarm Word: Exotic Time limit: 1 day Word Count: 250 words * I set the timer on my phone […]