The Bright Report, it read. Beneath the coat of arms which seemed to contain a hot air balloon of some description (among other hard-to-make-out things) was a Latin motto: Homo in Absurdum.
As I advanced towards it, my foot found a piece of scrap on the cobblestones. I looked down to see a set of skid marks – something anachronistic in this quaint setting. I had inadvertently kicked a loose wingmirror. I picked it up and examined the chipped maroon paint. Looked expensive – carbon fibre, maybe. It seemed wrong to leave it there, perhaps someone inside was looking for it.
I walked up to the door. It was polished mahogany with a large brass knocker in the centre. It was shaped like the head of a cat – the lever dangling from its mouth. Pasted next to it was a handwritten note:
No hawkers, snake people, kale people, or people named Augustus. If your name is Alcub, you are six five years too early – please come back later.
As I was pretty sure that I was not one of those things, I reached out and pulled the knocker. Okay, this is going to sound ridiculous (much like everything else that you are about to read), but I’m sure I heard the cat head purr. The knock echoed.
In this introduction, Mr. Balding and (the newest recruit) Ms. Print take you on a tour of the strange world of the Bright Report. Welcome to a place where nothing is as it seems – a place where human stories exist amid the wacky and the magical. Do you have what it takes to work for the Bright Report?
This eBook contains a brand-new short story and some bonus content to introduce you to the peculiar world of the Bright Report.