A short story by Jo Mazelis
The children were sent to their grandmother’s house in the Welsh countryside every year, but as they grew older they became aware of something out of place, a misalignment on the map; an oppression that like the mist on certain mornings hung in low clouds, grey and cloying. Greg, at seventeen, resented exile in Wales the most. Alice was fifteen and although uneasy was resigned to it. Even the two little ones, who were nine and eleven, mooched around restlessly.
They all knew from experience that their grandmother’s house held a beast called boredom which dangled from the hands of the big clock in the kitchen slowing them down. Boredom, which woke them too early and kept them awake at night. Boredom that blurred their eyes when in desperation they tried to read. Boredom must have got inside their grandmother’s radio too as every station fizzed and crackled except for the one she liked. Outside, boredom crept nearby, not a wolf, but a slug.Sign in to read more
Jo Mazelis is a prize-winning novelist, short story writer, poet, photographer and essayist from Wales. Her first collection of stories Diving Girl was short-listed for Commonwealth Best First Book, her debut novel MSignificance won The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize in 2015 and her latest book Ritual, 1969 was long-listed for the Edgehill award.