Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Chinese Burn (Friday Fictioneers, May 2014)

“Daahling!” Glancing down at my forearm, I remember the exquisite agony of twisted, reddened skin. Mwah! I flinch, though it’s a softer assault against my cheek than before. “We must get together, I’m dying to hear your goss!” Funny that… … Continue reading

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Everybody’s Doing It (Friday Fictioneers, May 2014)

“What’s the rush Amanda?” “Rush? Everyone’s doing it.” “But that’s no reason…” “People will start to talk. Besides, he’s everything a girl could want, looks, money, prospects.” “Well if you’re sure…” So she went ahead, whilst I watched, waited and … Continue reading

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Beachcomber (Friday Fictioneers, May 2014)

“Please hurry.” With trembling fingers I pocket the phone, hoping they’ll find me quickly. The body lies half-covered by seaweed, but I can still hear the relentless drone of insects meandering through what is left of the head. I struggle … Continue reading

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Moving On (Friday Fictioneers, May 2014)

“Move on,” he said as he left. And gradually the anger softened; I found I could manipulate it. Sometimes I’d even briefly forget, but then the rivulets of resentment trickled unseen, spilling into other parts of my life before hardening … Continue reading

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Thanatron (Friday Fictioneers – April 2014)

“No, let me show you….” Dad’s wrinkled fingers flexed across the strings of my guitar. “You stay in control, son…it doesn’t play you.” A sequence of rich chords floated out into the sterile atmosphere. I smiled; the old goat still … Continue reading

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Keep Out! (Friday Fictioneers, April 2013)

Through the closed door I detect muffled voices, an occasional giggle, though that’s impossible… I saw him leave. The curtains shift gently as I enter his room. Adolescent clutter litters the floor and the air is customarily foetid. From black-painted … Continue reading

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The Spanish Autumn of Mrs Stone (Friday Fictioneers, April 2014)

Something’s dreadfully wrong, thought José, sipping the Pina Colada she’d bought him. The woman positively gleamed with perspiration, the cotton fabric between her ample breasts slowly darkening. Humidity had frizzed her grey hair into slick curls. He seized her swollen … Continue reading

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The Reliable Witness (Friday Fictioneers, April 2014)

The years have been kind to him, kinder than they have to me. Flash photography rather than studio lighting, but still he scrubs up well for a man his age. His wife clings supportively to his arm, but there’s tension … Continue reading

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The Things You See (Friday Fictioneers, March 2014)

I like to walk here; you see things in the forest. Not just birds and insects; not only deer peeping shyly from behind gnarly trunks, or foxes slinking from the shadows. Sometimes I’ve seen bodies in the undergrowth; sometimes voles, … Continue reading

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Friday Fictioneers, March 2014)

The janitor leaned towards me, breath foetid with stale garlic. “Goin’ all the way, sweetheart?” “Seventh floor,” I whispered, jerking away. “Seventh heaven it is,” he said, “satisfaction guaranteed, Miss.” He fumbled with the gates, stretching out our time in … Continue reading

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