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.

The Grief Counsellor

“Just clear it, goddammit,” she hisses, between clenched teeth. “What all of it?” “Bin it, burn it, what the f*** do I care?” You do care, Mrs G.  So much that you want to supplant the pain of loss with … Continue reading

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Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone – Friday Fictioneers, September 2022

Gentle tapping disturbs the rhythm of the hive. The bees pause… waiting. I come with news.  The mistress is dead, but don’t you go. Your master will be a good master to you. The older bees remain poised, perhaps contemplating, … Continue reading

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The Prodigal Daughter – Friday Fictioneers, September 2022

A woman turns to God, they say, when she’s too old for the devil. My sister was the exception to the rule, rushing headlong into the church’s arms as a teenager, like a rat from a sack. The entire congregation … Continue reading

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Nearly There – Friday Fictioneers, August 2022

It was a tedious, exhausting journey. No point in asking if we were nearly there yet; we were always nearly there, just as we were always nearly rich, nearly united, nearly content.  But soon we were slithering joyfully down the … Continue reading

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The Plan – Friday Fictioneers, July 2022

“It just isn’t working.” “I know.” His dirt-ingrained fingers rake through his grizzled grey hair. “The fertiliser’s feckin’ useless these days, so the crops can’t thrive… and while they’re sanitising insecticides to the point where they no longer work, pests … Continue reading

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The Good Listener – Friday Fictioneers, July 2022

If he saw me at all, it was only through an up-turned wine- glass. In truth, I was just a listening head.  And even then, his eyes would drift, scanning for a wider audience.  He probably told himself my silence … Continue reading

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Little Shop of Horrors – Friday Fictioneers, June 2022

Morticia sighed as she detached the vampiric kitten from her neck and floated across the shop to remonstrate with the ectoplasm in the corner. “Put those books back where you found them” she said, slapping the part that most closely … Continue reading

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Show You Love Me – Friday Fictioneers, June 2022

Nobody except me remembers how it started, though none of us will ever forget how it ended. Poised on the brink, arms outstretched, head tucked, cheers echoing off the cliff faces surrounding the shallow pool, and his lithe body gleaming … Continue reading

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Robin’s Nest – Friday Fictioneers, May 2022

Robin believes everyone needs a place to call their own. Somewhere away from city folk and their incessant screaming, their clutching hands hanging onto their miserable existences. Robin wonders if anything can compare with climbing the hillside at the end … Continue reading

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Windfall – Friday Fictioneers, May 2022

Making a living cleaning other people’s houses is bad enough; having to shift so much junk before you can even start the job is the icing on the frigging cake. “It all means something special to me,” the old girl … Continue reading

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