Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Through A Glass Darkly – Friday Fictioneers, January 2019

I thought I knew him but, in retrospect, I’m not sure what I thought I knew. We’d slotted comfortably together like a jigsaw, albeit with some pieces now slightly worn at the edges – no longer the perfect fit, perhaps.  … Continue reading

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Jar of Hearts – Friday Fictioneers, January 2019

  Funny thing about Mother; slowly, surreptitiously, she just kinda sucked the heart out of you.  One by one, people diminished, gave up, drifted away. Some of us, like my father, suddenly went bang;  but my sisters and I, we … Continue reading

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Jane Doe – Friday Fictioneers, January 2019

  Hers was a life more remarkable for its conclusion – the dreadful how, when and why of it – rather than any aspect of its currency. She’d existed on the periphery, a bystander, ever a ‘bridesmaid’. No-one was unkind; … Continue reading

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A Change is Gonna Come – December 2018

She likes me sittin’ beside her, readin’ my bible, reflectin’, rememberin’.  She don’t even mind the goat leaping on the gravestones – sometimes I think she’d more respect for animals than people. Ma was a proud woman, kept herself locked … Continue reading

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A Friend Indeed – Friday Fictioneers, December 2018

“You’re always so supportive.” A divorcee herself, Ellen has total empathy. She embraces me.  “That’s what friends are for, hon.” “And thanks for the quiche,” she calls, as I leave. Ellen’s always been excruciatingly tactful.  She hates quiche and won’t … Continue reading

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Last Day on the Beach – Sunday Photo Fiction, December 2018

  The weather was changing, the sun already less fierce, mellowing gently towards autumn. Fewer families on the beach, but there was the usual backdrop of noise, laughter, gulls keening, and the thwack of tiny spades against even tinier sandcastles. … Continue reading

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Once the Fire Goes Out (Re-run) – Friday Fictioneers, December 2018

  He’s in the damn’ garage again. Fiddlin’ with his bits an’ pieces, ball-strokin’, lookin’ at dirty pictures, I’ll bet.  Just so long’s he don’t get no ideas. I see he’s dug out some chains  an’ a roll of gaffer … Continue reading

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The Evening Commute – Friday Fictioneers, December 2018

  Those fleeting insights into other people’s lives… Lights flicker over someone leaning on his spade, staring up as we pass.  A family at dinner, glimpsed through undrawn curtains; a tantalising shadow on a blind as someone dons or discards … Continue reading

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Scent of a Mother – Friday Fictioneers, November, 2018

Her fragrance lingered long after she’d left, permeating the bed-linen, strongest in her half-empty wardrobe. I located the source, a black glass bottle, gold-capped, the neck encircled by a pink satin ribbon grown greasy with careless use.  Months later, I … Continue reading

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The Summer of ’18

Another damp, grey November day – the perfect opportunity to look back on a glorious summer in the garden. There… feeling much better now.  🙂

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