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Take a Little Time – Friday Fictioneers, September 2016

    “So…” said the therapist, weakly, “did you feel better… afterwards?” I considered briefly.  “Not better.  Different, perhaps.” He shifted uneasily. “You didn’t feel any remorse…  shame for your actions?” “I suppose there was an element of regret.” He … Continue reading

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The Work Ethic – Friday Fictioneers, September 2016

    It was all she had to leave me, she said, unaware she’d left me so much more. I blow the dust from the spindle and test the treadle with my foot.  It still works.  As did she, right … Continue reading

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Any Place, Any Time – Friday Fictioneers, August 2016

I’m leaning against the door. Outside, the sky spasmodically brightens with hell-fire, while behind me the television plays out an unspeakable loop of savagery and bloodshed on the streets of my city. The doorbell rings again. If I open this … Continue reading

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A Good Samaritan? Friday Fictioneers, August 2016

  They were long gone by the time the police responded to the Coastguard’s summons, slinking into the darkness as the glowing horizon heralded the dawn of a new day, a new life. Or a new wave of terror, thought … Continue reading

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Made in Hong Kong – Friday Fictioneers, August 2016

  The walls between our units were paper thin; next door the thump of heavy-duty machines heralded the birth of belts and handbags, whilst  in our workplace makeshift power connections flickered, sparking above production lines foaming with tawdry silk underwear. … Continue reading

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Crossing Over – Friday Fictioneers, August 2016

  “Can you hear me?” Momentarily she stirs. I curl myself around her, chin on her shoulder. “Can you feel me?” She rubs her cheek into the pillow. “Will you miss me?” A soft moan, the barest whimper. “Say you’ll … Continue reading

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The Courtship – Friday Fictioneers, August 2016

  Top shelf, third bottle from the right. Annie studied it. Over recent weeks the liquid had shifted from sparkling sapphire, through glowing gold to radiant ruby. But tonight it was pulsating purple, keening softly. Drink me… The bartender glanced … Continue reading

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Gone Shoppin’ – Friday Fictioneers, July 2016

  It’s exhausting, pushing a trolley with a wonky wheel. My sister, who unerringly picks the smooth glider, normally seethes at ‘Seasonal Goods’ while I’m still negotiating the corner between ‘Deli’ and ‘Organic Produce’. She’s usually vitriolic. “If it’s not … Continue reading

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Great Expectations – Friday Fictioneers, July 2016

“Where’s the bathroom, then?” Joseph sighed.  He’d realised when he saw Phoebe tottering down the jetty, dragging a Louis Vuitton behind her, that quite unjustifiable expectations had been invested in his suggestion “let’s weekend on my boat”. “This is a … Continue reading

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Everybody’s Doing It – Friday Fictioneers, July 2016

“What’s the rush, Amanda?” “Rush? Everybody’s doing it.” “But that’s no reason…” “People will talk. They’ll say I’m getting too old.” “Well, if you’re sure…” So she married, had kids, and I watched, waited and moved on. We meet today … Continue reading

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