Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Losing You – Friday Fictioneers, January 2018

  Fingers of mist drift low in the valley, ensnaring trees and bushes in a gentle, transitory embrace. Ailsa hurries forward, biting her lip as the sharp frost eats into her fingers, drumming relentlessly into her arthritic knuckles. The barn … Continue reading

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Group Dynamics: Friday Fictioneers, January 2018.

The web was spun quietly, thoroughly.  It was a life’s work. Softly, unobtrusively, the lacy filaments bound us together, and crucially, to her.  No-one moved without some high frequency harmonic resonating amongst all of us; what happened to one, happened … Continue reading

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Good to Go – Friday Fictioneers, December 2017

  Reaching the end, neither will fathom why they ever began. “Have a nice life,” he’ll murmur, with uncharacteristic civility, returning his door-keys. “Don’t be a stranger,” she’ll say, hoping to God he will, and resolving to change the locks … Continue reading

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Driving Home for Christmas – Friday Fictioneers, December 2017

By the time he left Oxford, the first few threads of conviction were beginning to unravel. He hadn’t contacted her to say he was coming; he hadn’t contacted her in months, to be truthful.  But he always came home for … Continue reading

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A Heart of Ice – Friday Fictioneers, December 2017

She no longer felt cold.  Indeed, if she could have, she would have slipped out of her nightdress, baring her burning skin to the gentle caress of the snow. But only her hands moved, her arms long since numbed. She … Continue reading

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The Sleepover – Friday Fictioneers, November 2017

“Has she done her duty?” enquired my great-aunt. My grandmother shrugged, not sharing her sister’s preoccupation. Duty had, in fact, not been done.  Nor would it ever, until I was safely ensconced in the welcoming embrace of the avocado-coloured toilet … Continue reading

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Result! – Friday Fictioneers, November 2017

  Today, for some people, life will change forever. Anything… judgemental error, software failure, metal fatigue, an alert lab technician or simply fate itself… may herald a new, challenging direction. “Must you do this today?” Simon asks, surveying the bags … Continue reading

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With a Capital T – Friday Fictioneers, November 2017

  I still miss Annie, in a way. I’m told she’s unfriended me on Facebook… but I blocked her months ago. We’d been friends from the cradle.  She was my rock, my confidante, the person who could make everything right.  … Continue reading

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Black Friday – Friday Fictioneers

  Her last known address was 59th street. I stayed over occasionally, on nights when icicles fringed the railway arches.  You hid in the furniture department till closing-time, then selected your doss… simple as that. I liked a king-size, but … Continue reading

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On Golden Pond – Friday Fictioneers, October 2017

“Hell’s teeth, Ethel, whoever took this photo shoulda told Chelsea what she looked like.” Ethel peered over Norman’s shoulder. “She’ll have taken that herself, Norman.  They do that now.” “Why’s she pulling that idiotic face, then?” “That’s a pout, dear.” … Continue reading

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