Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Nailing It (Friday Fictioneers, March 2015)

Fog dipped and curled on the fringes of the motorway, beading the grimy fleeces of wall-eyed sheep huddled beneath dry-stone boundaries. Will shivered; he shared none of his father’s passion for the north of England. ‘I’ve become a real southern … Continue reading

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The Promised Land

  Your winters have surprised us, though the coldness of your hearts is legend. You cannot make us leave; you will not. This was no elective pilgrimage; we’ve been abandoned at sea and trudged miles to escape persecution for our … Continue reading

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Trial by Breakfast (Friday Fictioneers – March 2015)

  Her eyes were like saucers as the priest laid the plate before her. Five fried eggs and wholemeal toast! The starving beggar-girl wolfed everything down quickly … noisily. “You didn’t say Grace,” the priest reproved, and she bowed her … Continue reading

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A Betting Man – Friday Fictioneers February 2015

“You crazy? Thirty minutes?” asked Joe. Martin scowled. “Ten dollars says so.” If truth were told, he wasn’t that confident. Three months back, he’d bet the guys she’d put out on the second date, but it had taken ten weeks … Continue reading

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The Finishing Touch (Friday Fictioneers, February 2015)

Not the brightest button in the box, Josh stumbled over the words, his father’s amused gaze only heightening his discomfort. “It was real s-savage, Dad.” What Josh had seen as he’d peeped through the thick cordylline grass had rooted him … Continue reading

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They Also Serve … (A Yorkshire Tale) Friday Fictioneers, February 2015

“Every man deserves a son,” he said, cradling Ben’s fuzzy head against his shoulder. The dismayed gulp from his daughters must have been audible in Cragg Vale, if not in Heckmondwike itself. Emily, the younger and formerly favourite child, simmered … Continue reading

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Trying Not to be Found – Friday Fictioneers, February 2015

We played here as children. Well, my sister played; I raced round corners frantically searching for her. She’d tell me she’d lost her way but I knew, even then, that the only thing she was trying to lose was me. … Continue reading

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Faulty Connector – Friday Fictioneers, January 2015

I should have listened; he’d tried to tell me, his little face pale and tense. Games were left unplayed, prizes unpresented, trampoline untrampled; pretty triangular sandwiches curled at the edges as cream curdled on the jellies. The cake was left … Continue reading

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Crossing the Bar – Friday Fictioneers, January 2015

Towards midnight, the mooring lines slipped of their own accord; the boat eased out onto open water with the aid of a gentle breeze. Later her engines powered up unbidden, and with a gentle ‘put-put’ she headed towards the estuary. … Continue reading

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Will You Be Staying Long….? – Friday Fictioneers, January 2015

“Side plates go to the left,” says my mother-in-law. Piss off. “…and a separate knife for the croissants.” Croissants? Shit! “Sleep well, Julia?” “The bed was somewhat lumpy, I thought.” “Ah… you found the pea then…” “Pea?” “Tea?” “You’ve remembered … Continue reading

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