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.

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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A Truly Cold Dish – Friday Fictioneers, April 2022

Passed the old school just now.  Gotta say my artwork’s still lookin’ good. I signed it Baz Woz Ere! I’m not Baz.  That’s my mate.  Landed him a heap of trouble, that. My talent paid off though.  Got me sharp … Continue reading

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Izium – Friday Fictioneers, April 2022

Promise us, our men said on leaving, that if… when they arrive, you will kill yourselves before they have you. We promised; we’d heard the rumours. With little to do but wait, we huddled for warmth, and speculated on alternatives. … Continue reading

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Dinner For One – Friday Fictioneers, April 2022

It’s a habit, cooking for two, even though you’re long gone, Edward. But now my neighbour is sitting in your chair, waistband undone, buttons agape on his shirt, tenderly rubbing his socked toes against each other in an act of … Continue reading

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The Facilitator – Friday Fictioneers, March 2022

Clouds shift lazily, allowing the full moon to bathe the ruins in silver. The two prostrate figures in the arena below me haven’t moved in almost an hour; I think it may be over. I could scramble down to check, … Continue reading

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The Puzzle – Friday Fictioneers, March 2022

Until the will was read, I didn’t even know we owned a cottage in the Cotswolds. Clearly the solicitor did; he had, as my son would say, a face like a slapped arse. “He…  errr… several years ago…  a tax … Continue reading

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Confessional – Friday Fictioneers, February 2022.

On reflection, two glasses would have sufficed. That warm, conspiratorial, matey feeling quickly turns to foolishness, the effortless shedding of confidences like confetti whilst you’re helplessly aware that you should stop… leave.  Now. As the fourth glass skims your dulled … Continue reading

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