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Because The Spirit Moved Him – Friday Fictioneers

Madame Astra is tiring now, but still she moves amongst the crowd, laying a hand on a shoulder here, stroking a face there. There’ve been messages for many people tonight; but there is a desperate soul somewhere in this audience, … Continue reading

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Idle Hands – Friday Fictioneers, July 2015

Davy, a deaf mute, expressed himself through his sand sculptures. All summer long, snoozing seals, languid lions and crazy crocodiles emerged along the beaches of Balham, much to the admiration of the local townsfolk. Except for the Brogan boys, whose … Continue reading

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Don’t Do It! – (Friday Fictioneers, July 2015)

From the window of the smallest attic in Dijon, she calls to the boy teetering on the ledge below. “Fais pas ca!” He looks at her blankly. Not French then. “Tue das nicht!” He shuffles towards the edge. “No lo … Continue reading

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Rite of Passage – Friday Fictioneers

“You’re just trying to frighten me.” “Yeah, an’ it’s dead easy, innit? You’re shakin’ like a leaf, sista.” “I’m not.” She was though. “I’ll tell people you my bitch if you do it.” She glanced nervously into the tunnel. He’d … Continue reading

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Powerless – Friday Fictioneers, July 2015

Every father worries – it’s in the nature of things. From the first pimply youth hanging around the gate, right up to the moment she brings ‘the one’ home. He’d criticised the ‘too-big-for-his-boots’ footballer, and damned the used-car- salesman who … Continue reading

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Fit for Purpose – Friday Fictioneers, June 2015

“Why did you call me?” My voice is harsh, not the reassuring, soothing tones I’d used as I hurriedly locked up the shop and hailed the nearest taxi. Now he’s sitting up in bed, sipping the tea I’ve made for … Continue reading

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Apple Blossom Time – June 2015

When we moved into this house six years ago, we were delighted to discover an apple tree in the back garden. That very first year I picked the apples, and as I recall, though it wasn’t a bumper crop, there … Continue reading

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A Spirited Child – Friday Fictioneers, June 2015

“She’ll wonder where we’ve gone… if she ever comes back… call me, please…” Mrs Hoffman tearfully pressed the card into my hand. Afterwards her husband took me aside. “She’s overwrought… I’m sorry. It’s been ten years since Mandy disappeared; bit … Continue reading

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Only Words (Friday Fictioneers, June 2015)

    Your words are scattered like ice-shards on our bed. People change… no-one’s fault… They fall to the floor as I smooth the sheets, and I nudge the fragments beneath the bed. I pluck my words from the pillow … Continue reading

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Shape Shifter

  Copyright C Hase   I knew it wasn’t Eric, the moment we sat down to breakfast. Oh, it looked like him all right, same wide forehead, broad shoulders, stubby nose … but it wasn’t him… in his eyes, I … Continue reading

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