Category Archives: Just Sayin’

A Betting Man – Friday Fictioneers February 2015

“You crazy? Thirty minutes?” asked Joe. Martin scowled. “Ten dollars says so.” If truth were told, he wasn’t that confident. Three months back, he’d bet the guys she’d put out on the second date, but it had taken ten weeks … Continue reading

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The Finishing Touch (Friday Fictioneers, February 2015)

Not the brightest button in the box, Josh stumbled over the words, his father’s amused gaze only heightening his discomfort. “It was real s-savage, Dad.” What Josh had seen as he’d peeped through the thick cordylline grass had rooted him … Continue reading

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They Also Serve … (A Yorkshire Tale) Friday Fictioneers, February 2015

“Every man deserves a son,” he said, cradling Ben’s fuzzy head against his shoulder. The dismayed gulp from his daughters must have been audible in Cragg Vale, if not in Heckmondwike itself. Emily, the younger and formerly favourite child, simmered … Continue reading

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Trying Not to be Found – Friday Fictioneers, February 2015

We played here as children. Well, my sister played; I raced round corners frantically searching for her. She’d tell me she’d lost her way but I knew, even then, that the only thing she was trying to lose was me. … Continue reading

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Faulty Connector – Friday Fictioneers, January 2015

I should have listened; he’d tried to tell me, his little face pale and tense. Games were left unplayed, prizes unpresented, trampoline untrampled; pretty triangular sandwiches curled at the edges as cream curdled on the jellies. The cake was left … Continue reading

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Crossing the Bar – Friday Fictioneers, January 2015

Towards midnight, the mooring lines slipped of their own accord; the boat eased out onto open water with the aid of a gentle breeze. Later her engines powered up unbidden, and with a gentle ‘put-put’ she headed towards the estuary. … Continue reading

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Will You Be Staying Long….? – Friday Fictioneers, January 2015

“Side plates go to the left,” says my mother-in-law. Piss off. “…and a separate knife for the croissants.” Croissants? Shit! “Sleep well, Julia?” “The bed was somewhat lumpy, I thought.” “Ah… you found the pea then…” “Pea?” “Tea?” “You’ve remembered … Continue reading

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Fantasy Island – Friday Fictioneers, January 2015

  Fantasy Island The train journey is taking forever;  bored, she starts spinning one of her fantasies. Someone’s holding a gun to her head. “Kiss either one – you choose.” She opens her eyes. Opposite her sits a vicar with … Continue reading

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Not Just for Christmas – Friday Fictioneers, December 2014

“Sod off.” George doesn’t do Christmas; the dog evidently does. The food parcel left on George’s step by do-gooders has been strewn across the garden, only the cans unsullied by teeth marks. There’s a label stuck to a tinsel garland … Continue reading

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This is me at the Mall… Friday Fictioneers, December 2014

The shopping mall floor chills Emily’s scalp but she doesn’t care, she’s transfixed by the circle of faces above her. Black eyes glitter, pointed ears relish the moans she cannot silence. Ever closer their narrow snouts loom, sniffing her distress … Continue reading

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