ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 11

Jay believed Ryan. It turned out he’d been suspicious of Mel’s motives all along but had been reluctant to speak out in case it came back on him. “Pretty sweet that you’re gettin’ sex out of the whole thing. I thought you were keen on Georgina though? Isn’t that the reason for you doin’ all … Continue reading ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 11

ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 10

“He never got the chance to reach a safe zone. I took care of him.”Georgina nodded her head slightly followed by a tearful outburst.Ryan had wanted to tell her in more heartfelt a fashion but was still seething after Harry’s belittling words prior to his death. He neglected to tell her exactly how Harry had … Continue reading ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 10

ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 9

The truck came to a halt and the six men inside climbed out, including the driver. They each checked their weapons—standard army issue SA80 assault rifles—then started off down a path that led into the nearby woodland. Jay led the way with Kas and Ryan just behind him. Ryan felt naked without his 7-iron to … Continue reading ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 9

ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 8

Just a couple of days after their arrival at the renegade safe zone of New Haven, the weather turned without any prior warning. As the residents slept at night, the skies opened up and the first showering of rain hit the ground in what had been a couple of months. It rained with a vengeance … Continue reading ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 8

ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 7

“What’s going on?” Georgina asked in a breathy whisper, in a way glad of the distraction.“Might be a checkpoint,” Ryan conjectured.They all went quiet again and listened. The words “Just fucking move or you’ll be shot” could be heard quite clearly. This was no checkpoint; somebody was blocking the road.All of a sudden, gunshots rang … Continue reading ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 7

ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 6

The banging from up the stairs made Ryan cringe. He stopped looking through the cupboards and made his way out of the kitchen to the bottom of the stairs. “Harry! Stop making so much fucking noise!” he rasped through gritted teeth.“Sorry, Ry,” Harry responded quietly from one of the bedrooms.Ryan shook his head. For almost … Continue reading ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 6

ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 5

The reunion with Georgina wasn’t necessarily a happy one, at least from her perspective. Even in light of all that had been happening, she found herself unwilling to impart her ex-boyfriend with too much information.She was curious to find out where he’d suddenly appeared from and probed him as they sat in his front room, … Continue reading ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 5

Paul.E.Bailey’s World – A Message of Peace from an Atheist

I’ll start this with a statement that should shock none of you by now. I am atheist. I’ve been atheist for virtually my entire life. I was christened Church of England as a baby, but I was a baby. I had no choice in the matter. I renounced the notion of ‘god’ and ‘religion’ pretty … Continue reading Paul.E.Bailey’s World – A Message of Peace from an Atheist

ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 4

Ryan was ready to go. He’d done his best to draw the lurchers out of the lobby and from the surrounding streets to the entrance of the office building by throwing various objects from the roof and making as much noise as he could. It had worked; the hordes had grown in size. That would … Continue reading ASAS: New Black Plague–Chapter 4

Paul.E.Bailey’s World – The Loser That Always Won: My Swimming Story Part 2

Click the link to catch up with Part 1. All names are false to protect the identities of people mentioned bar that of my son and my uncle. After claiming Club Swimmer of the Year in early 1999 (just shy of turning fifteen), little did I realise that I’d reached the peak of my career at … Continue reading Paul.E.Bailey’s World – The Loser That Always Won: My Swimming Story Part 2