Category Archives: Just Sayin’

The Sleep Thief – Friday Fictioneers, January 2017

The sleep-thief pauses at Becca Johnson’s door, sensing she’s staring into the darkness, believing every breath her last.  Across the corridor, the retired schoolteacher will be fretting, anticipating a long-deserved police visit, while in the adjacent room Ellen Ross is … Continue reading

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Abducted! Friday Fictioneers, January 2017

Rain hammers on the roof, as the carriage sways and jolts through the forest, and the horses whinny in panic when lightning flashes reveal decaying bodies dangling from barren branches. Glancing sideways, I flinch at his stern countenance, my stomach … Continue reading

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Better Never Than Late – What Pegman Saw

“Wicked!”, she’d cried in amazement, examining the perfection of her newly-born son, Christopher. “He seemed determined to be late,” said the nurse, “We were getting worried.” As it happened, Christopher was late right throughout his life; late to become toilet-trained, … Continue reading

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The History Man – Friday Fictioneers, January 2017

Sometimes it seemed as though light flooded the dusty recesses of his brain, and memories began to spew like flour from a mill-wheel. He’d lived through two world wars, coronations, a moon-landing and the unleashing of science’s most diabolical creation, … Continue reading

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Grief Surfing – Friday Fictioneers, December 2016

  “He meant everything to me,” she says, adding a candle to the multitude by the stage door. “You knew him then?” She stares. “Didn’t we all?” “No, I mean really know him?” “I felt like I did,” she says, … Continue reading

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Private Party – Friday Fictioneers, December 2016

  The Maitre D’ steps into my path. “You can’t go in there, madam.” “But there are no free tables back here,” I protest. A group of people wander past me into the darkened area of the restaurant, flooding it … Continue reading

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The Book of Secrets – Friday Fictioneers, December 2016

  We mocked her filigree curtains. “They’re sooo passé, Aunt Josephine.” She smiled; said they afforded privacy, and we’d understand when we were older. We laughed, wondering what a woman of 82 would do that required privacy. After she died, … Continue reading

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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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