Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Overthrow at the Temple – Friday Fictioneers, November 2019

  Someone will have found them by now. The Senior Librarian, I filed her behind Crime Fiction.  She’ll probably recover, given time, but she doesn’t have that much time before retirement. The younger one… meh.   She’s folded neatly into the space … Continue reading

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Inertia – Friday Fictioneers, November 2019

She doesn’t know why she’s on this train. But she’s wondering whether the same inertia that’s smothered her over the years now keeps her rooted in her seat. Stations loom, pause momentarily, and recede in the distance.  The compulsion to … Continue reading

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The Coat of Many Heartbreaks – Friday Fictioneers, October 2019

Even as he left, she set about patching up the hole he’d left in her life. Firm, neat stitches, and soon you could scarcely tell he’d been there at all. Inevitably, more repairs became necessary in time, some simply requiring … Continue reading

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Dining Out – Friday Fictioneers, October 2019

There’s gaiety on the streets tonight, but I’ve had my fill of that. Earlier I trailed a couple to the park, and dined on love, lightly seasoned with lust.  Or was it the other way round?  My taste buds are … Continue reading

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The Full Picture – Friday Fictioneers, October 2019

I didn’t know who those people were. I’d hovered between the accumulating piles – charity shop, memorabilia, rubbish, before dropping the photos in the middle pile. I’d go through them later. And now they’re on the table, between me and … Continue reading

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Unforgiven – Friday Fictioneers, October 2019.

  We pass each other on the playing-field most mornings. I pretend it isn’t you; you pretend it isn’t me. For different reasons, we’d both rather forget the past.  Me because of the pain, the fear, the isolation, the brink … Continue reading

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The Ambassador – Friday Fictioneers, September 2019

  I was despatched to bring him home – a spiritless task rankling even more than the unconvincingly louche nonchalance of his newly-acquired Gallic associates. Did they try harder to detain him, I wondered.  Or were some seeking to extend … Continue reading

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Collateral Damage – Friday Fictioneers, September 2019

Instinctively, I moved it beyond his reach. It wouldn’t stop him trying, but for the moment it was safe. As he grew, I shifted it higher, observing that others took similar precautions with cherished possessions, seemingly intuiting the potential for … Continue reading

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Field Trip – Friday Fictioneers, August 2019

  There are a hundred and one reasons why his daughter constantly kicks over the traces. And the woman sitting opposite him, fussily arranging and re-arranging the table setting, well… she’s probably the biggest one. One thrives on order, the … Continue reading

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Thirty Pieces of Silver – Friday Fictioneers, August 2019

We create our own reality, they say. And I’ve only recently grasped the hair’s breadth between Joe’s reality and a nightmare. I bring food daily to the derelict multi-storey, occasionally clean clothes. He sells the clothes to fuel his habit. … Continue reading

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