Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Knocking Off (Friday Fictioneers, January 2014)

Knocking Off The klaxon signals the shift change and tension slowly ratchets. Ma juggles pots and pans at the fireside. We daren’t distract her; one burned stew spells disaster… tears… blows… blood. We hear him coming, hawking up the acrid … Continue reading

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Cocoon (Friday Fictioneers, January 2013)

The girl huddles in the outhouse, humming softly. Her tormentor lies across the doorway, a line of dried blood snaking from his ear. Behind him, she’s watched the world turn for days.  Clouds have passed, birds fluttered by and insects buzzed … Continue reading

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Taken (Friday Fictioneers, January 2014)

She’s scampered ahead, splashing in puddles, the pom-pom on her red bonnet bouncing wildly. But when I round the bend after her… she’s gone. Time stands still; the brook ceases babbling, its flow halted, and the birds fall silent.  “Jeanie” … Continue reading

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Robin’s Nest (Friday Fictioneers, January 2014)

Robin’s Nest Robin believes that everyone needs a place to call their own. Somewhere away from these city-dwellers with their incessant screeching, those clutching hands that beg impossible favours from mythical benefactors. Robin wonders if anything can compare with climbing … Continue reading

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An Exclusive With Clyde’s Mum…

Happy New Year to my Friday Fictioneer colleagues! Hope it’s a good one. Exhausted from a surfeit of sentiment over the Christmas and New Year festivities, I hadn’t got it in me to dredge up some ‘old Shep’ inspiration. This … Continue reading

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Who I Am (Friday Fictioneers, December 2013)

I wish I was better at Christmas; but I’m not going to change now, I suspect.    So I’m relieved that it’s almost over, and even more relieved that it’s time for Friday Fictioneers and I can get back into … Continue reading

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Down at the Dolphinarium (Friday Fictioneers, December 2013)

Did you know a woman of average height/weight would have to walk four miles to burn off the calories contained in one mince pie?  I’m setting off now… So go easy on the christmas goodies Friday Fictioneers . Have a … Continue reading

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A Friend in Need (Friday Fictioneers, December 2013)

Friday Fictioneers are preparing to launch their weekly foray into the world of the 100 word (or thereabouts) story.  As ever, Rochelle is in the driving seat, whilst the rest of us climb into place on her bus. Thanks again … Continue reading

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No Small Wonder (Friday Fictioneers, December 2013)

Friday Fictioneers are gearing up for their weekly get together, sharpening their quills, filling their inkwells or simply powering up their computers. Thanks once again to Rochelle for orchestrating the weekly get-together at her place. Here in Spain the sun … Continue reading

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Seat Hogging – With Style (Friday Fictioneers, November 2013)

Friday Fictioneers brings together writers from all over the world.  Thanks once again to Rochelle for her efforts.  If you’re not familiar with the work of John Masefield or Henry Longfellow, my effort for this week will probably be lost … Continue reading

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