Nicola Ashbrook

Batten Down The Hatches

Block out the news; the multiplying. Zoom in.

A whole world exists within this boundary: a school in the kitchen now, a pub in the front room, shops in the computer, friends on the phone. Husband commutes to the garden; children down the stairs. Unqualified, I tackle the curriculum.

And together we learn to be chameleons. Peachy was okay before but now we need to shift through the rainbow. I talk (virtually) to others outside (the boundary). They still want peachy, yearn for it back; feel it robbed by black. Be a chameleon, I want to say; zoom in, adapt.

Nicola Ashbrook is a fairly new writer from the north-west of England, having had a previous life in the NHS. She has flash fiction in various places, including Ellipsis Zine, Reflex, Nightingale & Sparrow, Lunate and Storgy. She is currently trying to work on her first novel in snatched minutes around unexpectedly home-schooling her busy boys.


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