Delphine

      Lee A Jackson
Delphine

Lying underneath the floorboards of Delphine's home, he watches her. He doesn't know why, he doesn't know anything, but he is compelled to watch. The intimate synergy between someone imprisoned and someone free, but who is trapped in her own dark emotions.Lying underneath the floorboards of Delphine's home, he watches her. He doesn't know why, he doesn't know anything, but he is compelled to watch. The intimate synergy between someone imprisoned and someone free, but who is trapped in her own dark emotions. This is a story about depression, how tough it is to feel connected and even when there is someone right next to you, how you feel so isolated and alone and helpless.

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    Paradoxical Undressing

      Lee A Jackson
Paradoxical Undressing

It's winter. It's cold. Very cold. But Archroy braves the winter scenes of Tealsdale to venture into town. However, the journey is fraught with the dangers of the rapidly decreasing temperatures, which Archroy is totally unaware of.The falling degrees of Archroy's ill-fated journey into town. Dazed and confused in the white world of snow, Archroy looks to shake off his fever and hangover but the winter weather is his biggest enemy. The townfolk are no help either.

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    Only Watching North

      Lee A Jackson
Only Watching North

Jimmy receives an unexpected letter of invitation. But it's more than that, it is finally a way out of the coffin that he's been stuck in for the last six months. But what awaits him upon his escape?Jimmy receives an unexpected letter of invitation. But it's more than that, it is finally a way out of the coffin that he's been stuck in for the last six months. But what awaits him on his escape? This short story was adapted from a previous idea I had about interviewing the Devil's Administrator. It changed and transformed into a very short, light-hearted twist of what could lie beyond

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    My War Gone By

      Lee A Jackson
My War Gone By

After heading back home after a war, what he is looking for is no longer there. He wanted to find his family again, even though all hope of that was gone. But the memories on his return evoke powerful emotions of how he caused an entire town to grieve.Coming home after many years way from home, what is left there? The pictures from memory and those he holds in his pocket,don't recreate what is being looked for on his return. Regardless, e has returned, looking for things that he knows are no longer there. But the memories of the night that he broke the cardinal rule of the town are a powerful and poignant reminder of his wars gone by.

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    Kamikaze Trinitrotoluene

      Lee A Jackson
Kamikaze Trinitrotoluene

Archibald is clouded and hungover on his start to the day. He misses vital clues around him about the dangers which are waiting for him outside of the house. They are dangers which have all been put in place by his wife Janet, who is looking forward to finally having the perfect life without him around. Thanks to her local crime consortium connections, all it will take is the push of a plunger.After another night of heavy drinking, Archibald fails to notice some important clues around him as he faces up to the daily grind again. They are clues which would have warned him of impending danger. His wife Janet however, is feeling on top of the world with everything in place to take care of some important household business. But her devious master-plan to make sure that Archibald never finds his way back home again fails dramatically because of extenuating events.

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    Kicking Sand In The Face Of Jehovah

      Lee A Jackson
Kicking Sand In The Face Of Jehovah

It is the biggest day of his life, but the events in the Churchyard right before his wedding paints a stressful scene of chaos. Rain would be the least of his concerns as the ground opens up and starts swallowing guests. Then in through the gates walks the one person who will throw fuel on the fire of destruction.It is his wedding day, but the stress and pressure of commitment sends what should be a happy event into a spiraling chaos. Not only does the underworld reach up to grab the wedding party from the face of the earth, but the arrival of Mephistophelene herself threatens to tear his holy union with bride-to-be Belle, asunder. Will he succumb to temptation as the unwanted guest brazenly taunts him in the sacred sanctuary of the Churchyard, throwing sand in the face of Jehovah?

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    Snow Falling In Colours

      Lee A Jackson
Snow Falling In Colours

It is the day after the Dark Day when everything had stood still and a night had descended into town. Simply believing in one word was enough to keep him from harm and recognise that through even the worst of times, even in the darkest of days, there is always a glimmer of hope.Looking out from the cliff top the day after the dark event, the search for something to cling to goes on. The answer was there yesterday, does it still remain, through all the destruction that rained down? Belief in something small is often the biggest tool to carry and while others succumb to the night that falls in the middle of the day, hidden high at the top of the cliff could be the one thing that everyone is looking for.This was written a long time ago, back in 2001. It is about depression and in the darkest of times trying to cling on to hope, even when everything is hopeless, and inexplicably dark that you can feel no escape.

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    A Soul of Stone

      Lee A Jackson
A Soul of Stone

Peyroux faces a daily battle to drown out all of the voices that constantly chatter in his head. Having hidden away from the world, a new friend called Sebastian steels his reserve for a venture back into the outside world, with the promise of holding back the voices. But the world outside immediately becomes too much to handle for Peyroux, and from his hospital bed, he turns elsewhere for help.Peyroux has been looking for escape from his childhood, but not even the darkness of his attic can afford him the respite from the voices in his head. But has he finally stumbled upon a savior? As Sebastian enters his life, Peyroux is filled with a new bravery to face the outside world again and to fight the voices. But as Peyroux fails to handle the stresses of life on the streets, it seems as if Sebastian alone cannot help him stem the tide and once again the overwhelming volume of the internal chattering brings Peyroux to his knees. From the confines of his hospital bed he goes in search of further help by scanning the skyline of Rouen for inspiration from the purity and strength from the Gargoyles that adorn the city's Cathedral.

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    Dreaming Falling Down

      Lee A Jackson
Dreaming Falling Down

Instead of death, Abraham chooses salvation that is offered by a dark stranger. Given a purpose and a duty to perform, Abraham is left in a dark world where no questions are asked and where everyone lives in fear of the Three Sisters. But the Sisters have caught up with him, are hunting him down and Abraham finally gets to see what is inside of the black boxes which he delivers.After contemplating crossing the threshold over from this life, a broken life, into eternal darkness, Abraham is visited by the dark stranger. The offer of salvation, the offer of having a purpose is a strong enough lure to make him hand himself over to the stranger. But instead of a bright new hope, he finds instead a long, suffering torture where he fulfills his duties under the cover of night. It is a duty which isn't clear of purpose to him. Just deliver the black boxes and never look inside of them. Simple rules, but the Three Sisters, the fabled harbingers that the Deliverers fear, are coming for him.

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    Salvation of Sam

      Lee A Jackson
Salvation of Sam

The recently bereaved Jonas heads back to his forest playground to grieve. However, he stumbles across the unlikeliest of beings in his path, an abandoned dolphin. The discovery sets him off on a mission of redemption and salvation, but all that he finds along the path are obstacles which require him to dig as deep as possible as he tries to deal with the loss of Jolene.Jonas has just lost wife, so he turns to some comfort of solitude by taking a walk in the forest. The forest is familiar to him, but the creature which he discovers lying on the forest path is not. Jonas, through his grief, is spurred into life as he sets off on a mission to do something for the creature that he couldn't for Jolene, that is save it. As he searches the forest frantically for help, all he finds is setbacks which seems to push him further and further off the track to salvation and redemption. With people unable or unwilling to help him, and even going through a chance meeting with his recently deceased wife, will Jonas be able to save the dolphin?

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    Twenty Minutes Later

      Lee A Jackson
Twenty Minutes Later

A short story about mustering up the courage to be able to cross over into something new. There are always obstacles on the road to change, but it doesn't mean that there are not ways to overcome them and be able to cross, in this case, Pevensey Bridge.After seeing a red dress caught in a tree before being washes away under the bridge, it starts an insatiable need to figure out where it came from. But there are obstacles in getting across Pevensey Bridge, none lesser than the troll who lives beneath. But the potential rewards in the land of the red dress on the other side keep pulling and pulling. Twenty Minutes Later is a short story about mustering up the courage to be able to cross over into something new. There are always obstacles on the road to change, but it doesn't mean that there are not ways to overcome them and be able to cross.

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