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Gone Shoppin’ – Friday Fictioneers, July 2016

  It’s exhausting, pushing a trolley with a wonky wheel. My sister, who unerringly picks the smooth glider, normally seethes at ‘Seasonal Goods’ while I’m still negotiating the corner between ‘Deli’ and ‘Organic Produce’. She’s usually vitriolic. “If it’s not … Continue reading

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Great Expectations – Friday Fictioneers, July 2016

“Where’s the bathroom, then?” Joseph sighed.  He’d realised when he saw Phoebe tottering down the jetty, dragging a Louis Vuitton behind her, that quite unjustifiable expectations had been invested in his suggestion “let’s weekend on my boat”. “This is a … Continue reading

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Everybody’s Doing It – Friday Fictioneers, July 2016

“What’s the rush, Amanda?” “Rush? Everybody’s doing it.” “But that’s no reason…” “People will talk. They’ll say I’m getting too old.” “Well, if you’re sure…” So she married, had kids, and I watched, waited and moved on. We meet today … Continue reading

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Last Day on the Island – Friday Fictioneers, July 2016

A two week idyll had stretched into a six week nightmare. They  should return home and wait, the police had said, for the sake of the other children. Hills had been scoured, coves and coastlines inspected daily, and mountain roads … Continue reading

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The Things She Said – Friday Fictioneers, June 2016

  “Jack Frost’s at the window,” my grandmother would say, and when the ice melted and snowflakes kissed the windowpanes, she’d smile. “The angels are shaking their mattresses.” On sultry summer days I’d laze outside, sucking clover-heads for honey, or … Continue reading

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Special Charter – Friday Fictioneers, June 2016

Throughout the day a straggling line of bewildered souls meandered through the airport to a previously unseen check-in desk beneath a blue screen showing a destination of which none had heard. The sun sank in a ball of orange flame, … Continue reading

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For Better, For Worse – Friday Fictioneers, June 2016

“He’s excruciatingly funny, isn’t he?” says my sister, her tone clearly indicating that my husband is anything but. “He has his moments,” I say defensively. John emerges from the piano. “I take a close interest in my work,” he says, … Continue reading

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Unseen – Friday Fictioneers, June 2016

She’s always believed that if she closes her eyes, people can’t see her. But now, wanting to be found, she’s opened them. And still people can’t see her. She calls out, but only I can hear, and I can’t help… … Continue reading

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The End of Summer – Friday Fictioneers, June 2016

Such a beautiful summer… I couldn’t believe it was true; he was total perfection and, incredibly, wanted to be with me. That day, we’d slithered down stone-flecked hillsides greased with September rains to seek shelter in the ramshackle building.  The … Continue reading

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The Long Wait – Friday Fictioneers, May 2016

  “Does being childless make you feel… unfulfilled?” asks my sister-in-law. I pretend to ponder. “I suppose you don’t miss what you never had,” I say, “bit like brains, really.” My words take a moment to sink in, then she … Continue reading

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