Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Requiem – Friday Fictioneers, September 2018

She reacts like a startled deer when I slide into the pew beside her. “Shall you miss him, my dear?” I say conversationally. A heartbeat, then “Won’t everyone?” she parries. “Well, none more than you, I suspect.” She’d bolt, but … Continue reading

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Moonlight Flit – Friday Fictioneers, September 2018

Davey whinged, wanting his bed. But Mother was in the bedroom, bundling clothes into a suitcase whilst I, ever practical, swept groceries into a box. A quick last look, then down to the waiting taxi.  As we passed the first-floor … Continue reading

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A Safe Distance – Friday Fictioneers, August 2018

  His face looms over her; he’s breathing heavily in concentration. Safely behind the mirror, she examines him with detachment, something she could never do when she was alive. He’s aging.  Bright red capillaries lace across his cheeks, the tip … Continue reading

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Birthday Girl – Friday Fictioneers, August 2018

Yesterday’s festivities have left Clemmie fractiously tired, and now she dozes in her pushchair, her flushed face dappled by the shifting leaves of the sycamore tree above. Will and I nestle in the lush grass, picnic remains littering the tartan … Continue reading

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The Awards Ceremony: Friday Fictioneers, August 2018

He frowns, clearly scanning through the labrynthian corridors of his past, searching for me. Right now, he’ll be scrolling through his manifesto of ‘former protegees – favours to be called-in”. I won’t be there, for I owe him nothing. Frowning, … Continue reading

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Truckstop – Friday Fictioneers, July 2018

She looked fragile, confused and vulnerable. “What’s up, Ma?” said a trucker. “I’ve lost my purse in the bushes, with all my savings in it” she whispered.  “Please help me…” The trucker grinned at his mate. “Sure we will, honey.” … Continue reading

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Major Attraction – Friday Fictioneers, July 2018

Memory is what I have instead of a view. He hasn’t spoken, yet I’ve heard him. And he knows. I stumble past, trying not to catch his eye.  I might as well endeavor to fly. My sister pauses, reading the … Continue reading

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He Ain’t Heavy – Friday Fictioneers, July 2018

“Aww Dad!” “Not unless your brother goes too.” “But he’ll hold us back.” “You don’t go without him son, and that’s final.” All my life… the same old story.  David couldn’t run, was no good at sports.  He couldn’t even … Continue reading

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…He Can Make You Cry… (Friday Fictioneers, June 2018)

He climbs from the bus, guitar slung across his back, baseball-cap back to front, a slow-mo rewind from seven years ago. “Hi!” “Hi, yourself.” His gaze switches to the child by my side. “Yours?” he says. I nod.  Ours, actually. … Continue reading

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Exodus- Friday Fictioneers, June 2018

  Rejected on all fronts once again, they settled into the ruined land so grudgingly allocated to them. Not what they’d hoped for, but it was better than the hole in the ground they’d begun to envisage as their final … Continue reading

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