The bad picture doesn't do it justice either, but there you go. This is also the first time that one of my stories has had any kind of illustration with it. There are two photos alongside my words, provided by the wonderful Shelly Sometimes. I won't post pictures of them here, though - if you want to see them you'll have to buy the magazine. Which you'll be doing anyway, because you want to read Marionette, right?
As for the story itself, it's one that I was happy with the moment I wrote it. It came from three words provided over Twitter by Emma Reynolds some time last year. I scribbled it on pieces of till roll in between serving customers at my old job, typed it up without really changing anything and started submitting it. The story as it appears in Cutaway is, I think, exactly the same as the story I initially drafted onto scraps of paper. I certainly have no memory of ever re-drafting it. That isn't my normal way of working - although the scraps of till roll are fairly usual for me - but it seems to have worked this time, if I do say so myself.