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Pockets of Time

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Damien Mckeating was born and soon after that he developed a love of fantasy and horror. He has written short stories for various anthologies and has been known to write for comics, radio and peculiar folk bands. He writes daily and is currently the oldest he has ever been. Sometimes he remembers to write about writing at

There’s this trick that I can do. Anything I’ve ever put into my pockets I can take out again, just by thinking about it. I focus, put my hand into my pocket, and there it is.

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Money; keys; medicine; unexpected things; even my old mobile phone.

It rings as I reach into my pocket and I answer it.

‘Mum, where are you?’ Emily’s voice comes over the phone.

‘Just ten minutes,’ I say.

‘I’ll start walking. I’ll meet you on the way.’

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