by Patrick Samphire
“Josh.” His voice was hoarse, like he’d been shouting.
“How are you doing, Dad?” I tried to stop my voice shaking. I didn’t want to seem like a kid.
“Been better, been worse.” He worked his lips, as though his mouth was dry. “See, the old devil’s put his hand into my chest, lad. Left a bit of a gift for me.”
He coughed. His thin chest shuddered. He turned and spat into a metal bowl by his bed. The spit was thick and threaded with blood. He gave me a painful grin.
About the Author
Patrick Samphire started writing when he was fourteen years old and thought it would be a good way of getting out of English lessons. It didn’t work, but he kept on writing anyway. He has lived in Zambia, Guyana, Austria and England. He now lives with his wife and two children in Wales, U.K. He has published almost twenty short stories. He has published two novels, SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB and THE EMPEROR OF MARS.
About the Narrator
Rich Sigfrit is one of the suspected secret identities for Mr. Adventure, who is the hero the overlooks the streets of Sapphire City.