Category Archives: Just Sayin’

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize – 2016

I was asked by Simon West of  Magic Oxygen to help promote this year’s Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, and I’m more than happy to do so.  I fully support their work in Kenya, and I was delighted to have contributed … Continue reading

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The German Girls – Friday Fictioneers, November 2016

  Never understood the meaning of clean-limbed until that summer, watching from the woods. Every morning those girls emerged from their tents, stretching slender arms to the sky, their breasts outlined perfectly against flimsy nightwear. They’d return from the showers, … Continue reading

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Access Denied – Friday Fictioneers, November 2016

“It was awful, Mum.” I hold her tight, and the sobbing slowly subsides. My heart aches for her, but I’ve seethed as she’s preened, teased and tantalised; I’ve brooded as she’s experimented, testing the boundaries, flexing her burgeoning sexuality. The … Continue reading

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Coda – Friday Fictioneers, November 2016

Martin peers through the swollen slits of his eyes. Above him, the branches of a sycamore tree shift uneasily against a pearl grey sky, while his ears ache from the screeching of a dozen or more rooks, each registering their … Continue reading

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The Light of her Life – Friday Fictioneers, November 2016

“Anton is dying.” The note from Hortense is terse, the icy subtext clear.  His former lover, Sasha is not welcome at the bedside. Sasha would like to think Hortense has extended a courtesy; more likely though that Anton’s insecure young … Continue reading

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Finders Keepers – Friday Fictioneers, November 2016

The few people passing this way, since the new highway was built, hope to find someone… or lose them. Suspecting the latter, Joe let the blonde stay.  She was no trouble. One morning he watched her on the porch, scenting … Continue reading

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Telling Miss – Friday Fictioneers, October 2016

“Miss, Miss…” “Yes, Jody?” “Justin hit me.” I glance at Justin, studiously bent over his books, certain that he’s scarcely registered his accuser’s existence. “When was this then?” Jody screws up her eyes, concentrating. “Yesterday.” “Justin was absent yesterday, Jody.” … Continue reading

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I Double Dare You – Friday Fictioneers, October 2016

“Lie flat, Jess!” Emily was crawling across the ice towards me, as men scrambled from the nearby factory, carrying ladders and ropes. Glancing down, I saw the ice darkening around me, the splintering becoming louder. “Hurry, Emily!” “I’m coming. Everything … Continue reading

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Take a Little Time – Friday Fictioneers, September 2016

    “So…” said the therapist, weakly, “did you feel better… afterwards?” I considered briefly.  “Not better.  Different, perhaps.” He shifted uneasily. “You didn’t feel any remorse…  shame for your actions?” “I suppose there was an element of regret.” He … Continue reading

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The Work Ethic – Friday Fictioneers, September 2016

    It was all she had to leave me, she said, unaware she’d left me so much more. I blow the dust from the spindle and test the treadle with my foot.  It still works.  As did she, right … Continue reading

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