“Is this the boy you speak so highly of, General?” Nour Ad-Din asked.

“Yes it is.”

Shirkuh’s response to the sultan was stern yet respectful. His recent campaign to help Nur Ad-Din consolidate power had been a success. …


I remember the way the dry desert air felt against my face, how everything smelled slightly different due to the lack of humidity. …


The wind blew across the city landscape, spreading the white powder across rooftops and fire escapes, eventually landing on the cold concrete. Phillip thought nothing of it. …


It was the rain. It was always the rain — it gave him a feeling of despair that he didn’t know what to do with it. But only for the first few minutes. After that, he opened his heart to the possibility that everything washes away with water. The feeling…


I was sitting at the bar, minding my own business, trying to put behind me the memories of all those assholes I had to talk to at work by surrounding myself with assholes I could rightfully ignore. In other words, a regular Tuesday night at the watering hole.

I was…


Helios was angry. He was angry at his family for taking him across the sea to this foreign land. He was angry at the way they all struggled to make a new life for themselves among strangers. He was angry at the temptations this new world offered — the saloons…


“We danced at night under the stars to worship what was below our feet. Our bodies covered with the dirt that surrounded us. When the sun would rise, we would spit into our hands and breath across our palms, and then hold them up high, welcoming the dawn. This was…


“You have to flow man. Listen to those cats. They flow — bird, and dizzy, and satchmo, they just turn it on and let it all come out.”

Albert walked up to cafe Bohemia’s unassuming storefront. It was a club, like all the rest. A stage, some seats, a bar…


“I don’t think it’s ever rained on New Years day before.”

Lawrence turned to her for a moment and then turned away, continuing to stare out the window, trying to see past the falling water to where the horizon held stars that weren’t obstructed by the the subtle violence of…

Galal Chater

Short stories only… but really short

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