Author Archives: Sandra

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.

A Match Made in Halifax – Friday Fictioneers, July 2021

The great lummox shifts uneasily at my door. “Sithee…” He grips his cap like a shield, rotating it through calloused fingers. “Sithee, I’ve 42 cows, 20 acres, and 16 sheep.  Tha’ll want fer nuthin’…” Seemingly appalled by his own effrontery, … Continue reading

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The Lost Boys – Friday Fictioneers, July 2021

Finn was a quiet, self-effacing guy, with a left eye continually drifting to the side as though something more interesting had caught his attention.  Maybe something had.  He talked sense; we usually heard him out.     Just not that day… … Continue reading

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The Sisterhood – Friday Fictioneers, July 2021

We watched as she unwrapped him, one layer at a time, pausing to caress, assess, sometimes rationalise before moving steadfastly to the next layer. There was a doggedness about her, transitioning slowly from an unwillingness to accept each revelation, through … Continue reading

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Change of Life – Friday Fictioneers, June 2021

The guy who sold me this said it would change my life. I doubted it; ownership of a run-down camper can hardly be classed as cathartic, but a set of wheels for 100 bucks was pretty tempting. He also said … Continue reading

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Fall From Grace – Friday Fictioneers, June 2021

I’m backing quietly out the door.  Thankfully, I’d stifled an apology, and in the throes of their passion they’re unaware I was even there.  In the outer office I press cold hands to my burning cheeks.  My thoughts are for … Continue reading

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The Magpie – Friday Fictioneers, June 2021

Here, in this hide-away, are the missing pieces of several jigsaws. Letters I’d misplaced, whole bundles of them, and others which have never reached me… all here. My diaries, the illicit gifts furtively unwrapped and hidden away, cherished photographs of … Continue reading

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Stuff – Friday Fictioneers, June 2020

“So you’re training to be a what…?” “An architect… designing stuff.” Harold thoughtfully rubs his stubble. “You designed that?” Justin grins.  “Won an award for it an’ all.” “So what is it?” “You don’t know?” “Nope” “It’s a symbol of … Continue reading

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Class of ’89 – Friday Fictioneers, May 2021

There are good years in teaching, just as there are in wine-making. Some years produce a full-bodied vintage of budding physicists, doctors and computer scientists; others satisfy the less discerning palate with a bland array of glib-tongued sales executives, politicians … Continue reading

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Clean Break – Friday Fictioneers, May 2021

It’s a good-natured split; why wouldn’t it be?  They practically grew up together. “You sure you’re okay with the Le Creuset set?” she says, doubtfully.  “If you like I’ll swap it for the slow-cooker.” “I’m good,” he says.  “I’ve more … Continue reading

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The Time of his Life – Friday Fictioneers, 21 April 2021

“Why would you want to walk on the beach when it’s a challenge for you to even walk on the pavement,” she’d said sharply this morning. He’d bitten his lip, turning to gaze out to sea. As ever, in hearing … Continue reading

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