A collection of my short stories from 2013-2014 is now available in eBook format from Amazon. The collection features 20 recently revised short stories, 10 micro fictions and five new illustrations, all formatted especially for e-readers.
I was admiring a stained glass window in the Oxford Cathedral when I stepped on the foot of a little lady, sat on the bench just behind me.
“I’m very sorry,” I said, “I didn’t see you there.”
“That’s quite alright, young man,” she said.
I turned back to the kaleidoscopic halo of chipped rubies, jade, topaz and sapphires, populated by angels and laid out around the head of Saint George. I heard the lady’s voice behind me, somehow disembodied and intimate, unaffected by the acoustics of the massive vaults.
“Beautiful, isn’t it?”
“It is,” I said.
“There is an interesting story behind this window, if you care to hear it.”
“The man who built this window was a master at his craft, as you can see. This particular creation marked his best and final effort. Each day he worked on it until there was no more light to work by, and each day after the next he continued where he had left off. He scarcely ate or slept, obsessed with this window and the slice of heaven he believed it would bring onto earth. When he finally finished the window, he took a step back to admire his work, and promptly fell off the scaffolding and died.”
“Is that true?” I said, but as I turned around to face the lady, she was gone.