A plane drifted slowly across the window above the roofs of Camden Town. I knew something terrible was going to happen and it did: another plane emerged from nowhere and both planes disintegrated in a silent flash of fire somewhere over the West. Traffic decontrol, a privatised catastrophe.
The telephone rang and I woke up sweating. Above my head luminous stars were stuck to the ceiling. At night they glowed but no-one had yet remarked upon them.
“Nick, it's Nick,” said Nick, unnecessarily.
“What you doing ringing up at this time?”
“It's two in the afternoon. We're all going to Hampton Court and I wondered if you wanted to come.”
-From "Dreamers, Lovers, Absentees", first published in Buzzwords magazine (2005), and one of the stories in Mark Piggott's fiction/non-fiction collection "Militant Factions" available in paperback or Kindle from Amazon.