• A Change of Pace

    All I had on me was one backpack, which held everything I thought I was going to need. I had no way of knowing for certain whether it would be enough, but if it wasn’t I’d just have to find somewhere to buy what I needed, because what I didn’t have on me I’d sold. My old life was going to stay where it belonged – the past. The early morning bus I was on would take me to the farm that had been in my family for as long as I could remember. No one else had wanted it, and with everything that happened I desperately needed a chance…

  • The New Farmer

    The Farm I watched Tess for a moment. None of the new farmers had been ready for what happened to them, but that was understandable. Suddenly finding themselves on a world that was so like one in a game they played wasn’t something anyone could expect. Yet, as hard as it was for them, I couldn’t help feeling grateful for their arrival. Had it not happened… I pushed that thought aside. It wasn’t going to happen. Not with them in the places they were most needed. My world wasn’t going to fall apart. Thankfully. Even if some of them didn’t work out I was certain enough of them would, and…

  • The Farm

    The first thing I noticed was the roof above me. When I’d gone to sleep I’d been looking up at my painted ceiling, like I always did, and what was above me definitely wasn’t that. Instead it looked to be made of wood… as though I was sleeping in a hut. For a moment all I did was lay there, hoping it was all a dream. I’d heard about people finding themselves in the games they played, but this… I shook my head. Up until it happened it didn’t seem like it was possible, and now it had… well, on the upside at least I had an idea which game…

  • Morning

    The sun shone through the curtains, and that was how I knew I wasn’t at home. Mornings were not my thing. After going to bed at a time most people were just waking up I hadn’t entirely expected to see the sun. Being able to see it from my bed meant I wasn’t in my bed. Everyone heard stories about people who found themselves somewhere else, because it became almost normal after the arrival of the fae, only I never once thought it would happen to me. Probably everyone it happened to thought the same. For a few seconds I lay there, trying to work out where I could be,…

  • Last Farm Standing

    Alone I didn’t stand a chance. Every time I stepped out the door I was able to sense the difference as magic faded from the world. Yet I kept doing what I could, because in my soul I was a farmer, and I knew it even when my family did their best to hide the truth from me. Maybe, if I’d found my courage sooner, I’d have been able to stop the damage from getting as bad, but it took me too long. Blinking away tears, doing my best to stop any from falling, I looked around my land. There were so many things I still wanted to do. “You…

  • Finding The Farm

    Stories of Matlocke, and the other farms, were passed down from one generation to the next. No one knew, by the time those stories got to us, if they were true or not, until Leah started dreaming of the world as it could be. She shared those dreams with me, each one of them more real than the last. Eventually she made the decision she needed to go looking to see if she could find the reason for them. I, not wanting her to travel the world alone, chose to go with her, even though my family were all against the idea. They’d never believed the farms were real. Dreams…

  • Meeting Anna

    When Vitali walked into the college cafeteria it was almost entirely empty. He much preferred it when it was like that. The only time it was ever really full was at lunch, so he usually avoided it then. First he went to get a coffee. Normally he would have just bought a cheap one from a vending machine but he decided he wanted to buy a proper coffee from the coffee shop that they had in the cafeteria. A cappucino, to celebrate the fact that he had finally made a decision about his plans for the next couple of years. Once he’d paid for it he turned to leave the…