Far Horizons: Tales of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror. Issue #13 April 2015 - Page 49

captain of the school sport’s team, and takes every lost or lonely child in the school under her wing. One day she’ll have a family of her own. She beams back at me, and gives me a high-five as she walks past. “Love you Seth,” she whispers to me. “Back at ya, kiddo,” my eyes fill with water that I hastily wipe away. As I’m heading back to the store cupboard, I hear raised voices coming from the girls’ toilet. “You are NOT ALLOWED to play in our gang anymore, Lucy! And I’m going to tell everyone that they’re not to talk to you.” I recognise the voice, Candy Hatcher. A tubby little madam with an over-inflated sense of self-importance. I’ve had my eye on her for a while. I could see this coming. Candy flounces out of the toilets, and I can hear Lucy sobbing. I take a deep breath, and call out as the little bitch swaggers down the corridor. “Candy?” She stops, turns and looks at me like I’m dirt on her shoe. “What?” “I found something of yours, I was going to take it to lost property later, it’s got your name on it. Do you want to come get it?” She shrugs, and follows me to the large stock cupboard. “It’s just in that box, at the back.” I gesture to a large cardboard box at the back of the cupboard, and she enters, starts rifling through. I step in behind her, and lock the door. N J Crosskey is an aspiring author and mum of two from West Sussex, UK. She writes in many genres but has a penchant for the dark and fantastical. Her stories can be found in several places across the internet, and she is currently working on her debut fantasy novel, as well as several other projects. You can follow her on Twitter: @NJCrosskey PAGE 49