“Are you sure this is a good idea?” I ask as we jog deeper into the warehouse-like room.

“No,” Max says.

“Great,” I say, but under my breath. I don’t know these guys. In fact I am astonished that I’m not a complete wreck, crying in the corner. But I have found something and that is the will to live. I really want to get out of here. Although with that thought comes anxiety. If it is this bad in the airport then what is it like out there? I wonder if my little house is all right. Forget the house… What about my brother?

Not that I can check on him. He emigrated to Australia and now we only contact each other via skype…

“What about computers?” I ask.

Colin looks back with a curious expression.

“Can’t we use the computers to see what’s going on?”

Max shakes his head. “They’ve probably blocked the system.”

“We have to try,” I plead and I hate the whimpering edge to my voice.

Max stops and turns to me. “If we see a computer and if it has power you can check.”

Power… I forgot about the power. I feel a fool and Max’s angry gaze is making it ten times worse.

Colin ignores the exchange and goes toward a door. It has plastic windows and he looks out and then quickly turns his back.

“What?” I ask.

He just shakes his head. Max goes over.


I start to walk over.

“No,” Colin says, stopping me.

“Let her,” Max says. “She needs to know.”

Colin sighs but lets me past.

I look through the scratched Perspex and I see them. Bodies. They are piled high, stacked like wood.

“Oh God,” I say. But I am using my eyes and trying to see the boy. The child that had screamed through my flight.

“I don’t see him,” I say.

“Who?” Colin asks.

“The boy.”


“The kid from the plane. In fact I don’t see any of them.”

Colin’s face is next to mine. “No, they aren’t there.”


About Kate

Kate Murray has recently completed her Masters in Creative Writing and is currently working as an illustrator and writer. Her first anthology of short stories ‘The Phantom Horse’ was published in December 2013 and she subsequently has had another anthology published by Raging Aardvark; “Love Just Is” looks at the truth of love, in all its guises from romantic to obsessive. She is currently working on an anthology of ghost stories which should be published at the end of October 2014 and is also writing her first novel. Kate runs two blogs, one is about her life as a writer (kate0murray.wordpress.com) and the other is a serialisation of a novel, “The Gone”; a disaster hits the world while Bitsy is on a flight from Italy. She lands to find that the world is completely altered and she must learn to survive in a place where everyone is not who they appear to be (thegone.wordpress.com). Kate has had short stories published in magazines and e-zines, including ‘The Lampeter Review’, ‘Jotter’s United’, and ‘What The Dickens’. She has had short stories included in the ‘Twisted Tales 2013’ anthology published by Raging Aardvark, and the ‘Busker Anthology’ and ‘Spooky Tales Anthology’ published by What the Dickens. Kate’s artwork has been exhibited at the Museum Of Modern Art in Machynlleth where she was selected after entering the art competition and at Aberglasney Gardens as part of the Mid Wales Art group. Her artwork has been published by companies from Norway to Australia and her latest works will have illustrations in it. She has also had a series of line drawings published by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in their biodiversity action plan. Kate currently works in the foothill of the Cambrian Mountains where she has a purpose built workshop that she affectionately calls her ‘house’ as she spends far more time in there than anywhere else.
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  1. Kate says:

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    Even more chapter 2…

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