Category Archives: Just Sayin’

When You Really Need a Break – Friday Fictioneers, April 2021

  The alleyway reeks of goat, patchouli and tobacco. She’s broken from the others, who are straggling towards the square to self-consciously order their Camomile, Russian or Lapsang  Souchong teas, and she’s lingering in the doorway of a carpet-trader. The … Continue reading

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Making Tracks – Friday Fictioneers, March 2021

She leaves through the front door as he enters through the back, fitting her footsteps into the giant prints he’s freshly embedded in the snow;  he’ll never know how nearly he just missed her. After he left this morning for … Continue reading

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The Truth Can Wait – Friday Fictioneers, March 2021

It’s dark and safe here. But these strands are flourishing, encroaching daily… strands of consciousness that must be avoided at all costs. And it’s becoming difficult to move around them. Brushing against one particularly robust strand, she’s swiftly hurtling to … Continue reading

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Waving Goodbye – Friday Fictioneers, February 2020

Sea-mist clung stickily to our clothes and hair, as we trailed after Rose to the shoreline. Once there, our stepmother raised the urn in dramatic fashion and, shrieking “farewell my love,” she cast our father’s ashes to the waves. My … Continue reading

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The Birthday Girl – Friday Fictioneers, February 2021

There had never been a railway line here; but then there had never been a forest either. Her birthday had promised enchantment from the outset.  Rosy fingers had crept surreptitiously along the horizon as she’d toddled outdoors, patting aside the … Continue reading

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An Administrative Error – Friday Fictioneers, January 2021

As a medic, Bill couldn’t accept he wasn’t a suitable donor for his son; he’d gone straight into the records for more information. If he and Ellie are still together, and that looks doubtful, it’s only because of the baby… … Continue reading

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The Pile-On – Friday Fictioneers, January 2021

Years of speaking only to the camera have blunted her sensory processing. No one will contradict her, for few survive the witch’s tongue, fashioned over time into a weapon of mass destruction. Submission has become an art form, a group … Continue reading

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Empty Theatre – Friday Fictioneers, January 2021

In the end, there was no-one left to talk to. Where politics and pandemics failed to divide and isolate, cancel-culture and censorship succeeded. It had become easier not to talk though, for fear that someone, somewhere might hear you and … Continue reading

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A Place for Everything – Friday Fictioneers, January 2021

  There’s an air of orderliness about him that I wouldn’t have expected. But when she brings in the tea, pale amber liquid, baby-pink wafers, china cups with impossibly diminutive handles, I understand more clearly. She sits, primly smoothing her … Continue reading

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Carpe Diem – Friday Fictioneers, December 2020

On first awakening, there’s often a brief hiatus as the jigsaw of her life prepares to fall into place. This default state can be a haven of peace; more frequently an ocean of despair. Whichever, it’s inevitably short-lived. Very quickly … Continue reading

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