Category Archives: Just Sayin’

The Weeping Oak – Friday Fictioneers, October 2017

Hal sighed.  Just the one son, and he had to be a weirdo. “Trees don’t cry, Joe.” “’Course they do, Dad.  What about weeping willows, weeping figs… elm?  There’s lots of them.” “Whatever, it’s good as dead, son,” said Hal, … Continue reading

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Petard Hoisting – Sunday Photo Fiction

  “Dirty-British-coaster-with-a-salt-caked-smoke-stack…” explodes old Rufus, liberally spraying his fellow passenger’s laptop with spittle. Alarmed, the man hurriedly changes seats, fishing frantically for a handkerchief. Rufus grins, man-spreading luxuriously, until a bespectacled student nudges himself into the newly vacated seat. “Butting-through-the-channel-in-the-mad-March-days…” … Continue reading

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No Other Love – Friday Fictioneers, September 2017

  The fire is extinguished now, the building just a blackened, steaming skeleton. Yet while the crowd disperses, something still blazes deep inside Chloe. “Let’s go,” Joe says, taking her hand. She shakes him off irritably, mesmerised by the ruins. … Continue reading

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Missing You Already – Friday Fictioneers, September 2017

“He seldom visited; it won’t change anything,” said my grandmother, on learning her eldest son had died unexpectedly, “though he did send me a tenner every Christmas … I’ll miss that.” Years later, within hours of my father’s death, my … Continue reading

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An Unhappy Medium – Friday Fictioneers

We form the circle. Lily abhors contact with Penrose; the first summons can launch her into a crazy spiral of despair, her anguish leaving us spent. We all harbour a similar aversion to him;  I’ve seen the way others avoid … Continue reading

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Cat’s in the Cradle – Friday Fictioneers, September 2017

We were so poor, my father once paid off the hired help with my dog. My mother left the following year; that was tough too. “Where do you think they’re living now, Dad?” “The next valley, son.” Seemed like everything … Continue reading

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Like A Rash – Friday Fictioneers, August 2017

“Don’t take this personally, it’s not about you.” Despite the rumours about downsizing, she’d not believed they’d choose her.  She’d never failed at anything, and she’d worked hard at making herself indispensable. Ever-present, ever-helpful, all over everyone. Everywhere. Yet as … Continue reading

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Nature Walk – Friday Fictioneers, August 2017

You see things in the forest… in the dark. Sometimes rabbits, startled by torchlight, or dead voles and dormice, abandoned by fleeing owls or foxes. I hurry back to camp; no-one saw me leave and now they’ve kicked over the … Continue reading

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The Mistress’s Tale – Friday Fictioneers, August 2017

I gave the giant teddy-bear to my niece; I was forty-one, for God’s sake, and I knew it came from his samples stock. The size eight underwear… I kept it a while… hope springs eternal and all that – but … Continue reading

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A Change Is Gonna Come – What Pegman Saw

As the airport taxi sped along Settlers Way, I watched the fingers of smoke lingering over the townships to my left.  Rainbow-coloured washing flapped from makeshift lines slung between the tin and timber shacks, grazing the heads of toddlers playing … Continue reading

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