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I have 135 stories published in 11 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 126261 times and 108 of my stories have been cherry picked.

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The Mask — Part 2

Mother is making jam. The house fills with strawberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, redcurrant, raspberry treacle, a smell that traps you in amber, my...

The Mask

was astonishingly lifelike. Rather waxen, of course, with those ghastly tints of yellow, purple and grey where peach and rose once grew. But no...


Her eyelashes were gummed together in twos and threes by mascara. Thick black eyeliner traced very closely the curve of her eyelids, running through...


Giving to beggars is one of the dirty delights of wealth. That pinprick of feeling as their eyes meet yours, as they greet your generosity with...
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不敢為天下先 — Humility

The Vizier — a small man of ever-growing consequence — watched with relish as his towering rival began to shrink in his chair. The tall man’s...