Category Archives: Just Sayin’

The Passing of the Storm (Friday Fictioneers – August 2014)

Our cottage, nestling in the valley, stood beneath a mushrooming white cloud that was discharging almost continuous bolts of lightning and rolls of thunder. Yet everywhere else, even our neighbours’ houses, basked in brilliant sunshine beneath clear blue skies. And … Continue reading

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Grrrr grrrr… Grrrr grrrr (August 2014)

Does this scenario sound familiar to you? The house phone rings. Now delete as applicable: You’re in the middle of: painting the ceiling cooking having sex a nap changing the baby’s nappy, a crisis having a row with someone taking … Continue reading

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Never Letting Go – Friday Fictioneers, August 2014

I was nervous for you today, but then I’ve always worried about you. Knowing this, you turn and flash the smile that still makes my heart turn over. We’re perfectly in tune; words are superfluous between us. You hold out … Continue reading

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Beggar’s Chicken – Friday Fictioneers, July 2014

Alice’s meal, chosen by Hector, arrived with a resounding fanfare and enthusiastic applause from other diners. She stared at the clay ball nestling on a bed of lotus leaves, and looked up nervously as a silver hammer was presented with … Continue reading

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Trophy – Friday Fictioneers, July 2014

The last thing I’d needed was a reminder of that shameful afternoon. For my father it was a public validation, an affirmation that the ‘college boy’ he’d raised wasn’t the pathetic wimp he’d seemed. No-one ever guessed it was an … Continue reading

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Transference (Friday Fictioneers, July 2014)

“Make them stop,” she’d scream, hands pressed over her ears to lock out the incessant babble of voices. Yet the storm raging within her was as nothing, compared to that within my own heart as our family fell apart. On … Continue reading

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A Chip Off The Old Block (Friday Fictioneers, July 2014)

My father has made an art form out of inscrutability; emotions, his or mine, have represented an inconvenient ripple on the mirrored surface of our peaceful co-existence. Over the years I’ve learned to sublimate my feelings, maintaining a cool interchange … Continue reading

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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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