Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Lamb to the Slaughter (Friday Fictioneers, June 2014)

“Hi Wilbur.” “Yo, Myrtle.” “What’ya doin’ up there?” “Just chillin’…” “Wanna come over my place?” “Um … I’ll pass, I think.” “Want I should bring some knickers over to you? got some new ones offa Ma Baker’s washing line…” “Knickers … Continue reading

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The Ties That Bind (Friday Fictioneers, June 2014)

The ruined attic triggers painful memories; recollections of hunger, deprivation … humiliation. My pulse quickens at the sight of the now rusty chains. Powerless, with no alternative but to endure all that a twisted mind could dream of, yet still … Continue reading

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Emergency Appointment (Friday Fictioneers, June 2014)

He placed the sleeping child in the back of the trailer, pulling a blanket round her. She stirred momentarily. A horn-blast heralded the ferry’s arrival as he closed the door. Plenty of time yet. Just then a movement at an … Continue reading

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Past Indicative, Future Imperfect

She snapped the light on. “You’ll ruin your eyes.” He quickly flicked to another screen as she approached. “Anything interesting?” “Usual garbage,” he muttered, rising from his chair. “I’ll lock up, shall I?” She lingered after he’d gone, before tentatively … Continue reading

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The Donor (Friday Fictioneers, May 2014)

I looked back at the outside world, where autumn was touching the trees with fingers of russet and gold. My case at my feet, I turned to scan the mullioned windows glittering in the mellow sun. Why am I doing … Continue reading

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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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