Category Archives: Just Sayin’

A Good Samaritan? Friday Fictioneers, August 2016

  They were long gone by the time the police responded to the Coastguard’s summons, slinking into the darkness as the glowing horizon heralded the dawn of a new day, a new life. Or a new wave of terror, thought … Continue reading

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Made in Hong Kong – Friday Fictioneers, August 2016

  The walls between our units were paper thin; next door the thump of heavy-duty machines heralded the birth of belts and handbags, whilst  in our workplace makeshift power connections flickered, sparking above production lines foaming with tawdry silk underwear. … Continue reading

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Crossing Over – Friday Fictioneers, August 2016

  “Can you hear me?” Momentarily she stirs. I curl myself around her, chin on her shoulder. “Can you feel me?” She rubs her cheek into the pillow. “Will you miss me?” A soft moan, the barest whimper. “Say you’ll … Continue reading

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The Courtship – Friday Fictioneers, August 2016

  Top shelf, third bottle from the right. Annie studied it. Over recent weeks the liquid had shifted from sparkling sapphire, through glowing gold to radiant ruby. But tonight it was pulsating purple, keening softly. Drink me… The bartender glanced … Continue reading

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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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