Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Land Clearance – Friday Fictioneers, November 2018

They scuttled like ants, snatching up grubby quilts, pots, cardboard, their mouths hanging slack with panic and dismay. But Trevor just kept on… and on. Ploughing his digger across their patch, scattering their paltry possessions, crushing makeshift shelters. “Yee-har!” screeched … Continue reading

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Lest You Forget – Friday Fictioneers, November 2018

You can tart it up however you like. That tree’s still not what it was destined to be.  Still cut down… stunted… dead. Who’s to say how beautiful it might have been, how high it might have soared, branches reaching … Continue reading

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Pawns – Friday Fictioneers, October 2018

  He wanted us to love her, his black queen… but we were all loved out, and besides the white queen wouldn’t stop crying. “Fey,” said Father, holding his lover up to the light, like a fine wine. Weird, we … Continue reading

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Worlds Apart – Friday Fictioneers, October 2018

The acres of glittering steel, marble palaces and arching fountains have become wearisome, while at times the overly-green lawns, sweeping man-made waterways and towering gin-palaces have resembled the stuff of nightmares. She’s felt like a swatch of material being held … Continue reading

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No Fixer Upper – Friday Fictioneers, October 2018

It wasn’t easy, keeping the inner and outer skins together. When the cracks appeared, we’d try to patch them together, shore up the damage.  Sometimes it worked, other times not, and in a certain light, at certain times…  yeah, it … Continue reading

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Environmental Studies – Friday Fictioneers, October 2018

“But it was in the hedgerow, Miss.” “It’s not ‘nature’, Robbie.” Robbie was defiant. “Is too.  There’s loads of them growing there.” So the ‘alternative-nature’ section of the table was conceived, rapidly filling up with ring-pulls, beer cans, plastic bags … Continue reading

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Registration and Coffee – Friday Fictioneers, September 2018

They’re milling around like dogs, sniffing out each other’s credentials, ranking them on a scale of business relevance. Apparently I’ve established my commercial value at the registration desk, as I stand alone, watching the speaker, cool, ice-blond, elegant, drifting gracefully … Continue reading

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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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