Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Exodus- Friday Fictioneers, June 2018

  Rejected on all fronts once again, they settled into the ruined land so grudgingly allocated to them. Not what they’d hoped for, but it was better than the hole in the ground they’d begun to envisage as their final … Continue reading

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When It’s Over – Friday Fictioneers, June 2018

“You ate them???” Mo stares at her eggy plate. “Not all of them…” “Where are the others then?” She holds his gaze defiantly. “In the cake.” His father had been right.  When Joe said his girlfriend had a terrific rack, … Continue reading

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The Memory Thief – Friday Fictioneers, June 2018

She watches him stir, push back the quilt and reach for his notebook. Only when he’s read yesterday’s notes does he turn to look at her. “Hi,” he says. “Hi yourself.” “Yesterday was great,” he says, lips brushing hers. He’s … Continue reading

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Common Ground – Friday Fictioneers, May 2018

There were a million reasons we couldn’t get along. The least of these was his endless banging on about the size of his courgettes, the brilliance of his tomatoes, the tenderness of his beans. Each Sunday he brought his bounty … Continue reading

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Just Chillin’ – Sunday Photo Fiction

A man needs space, he said. Time to reflect… Time away from his woman. Other men, he said, might go off with the guys, drinkin’, chasin’ skirt, killin’ stuff in the woods and yankin’ creatures out of rivers and streams.  … Continue reading

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Death Valley – Friday Fictioneers, May 2018

It’s a long haul up there. Once there was a bridge at the top, spanning the next valley, but the nanny state dismantled it.  Said it was attracting ‘jumpers’.  They’d no sooner clean up after one loser before another spread … Continue reading

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Lowered Expectations – Friday Fictioneers, April 2018.

Expectations change, almost imperceptibly. After forty years, Dr Gillespie anticipates, almost welcomes that threshold… when ‘make me well’ becomes ‘make me comfortable’. He says nothing; just carries on, trying to meet expectations. Today Dr Gillespie senses his young patient crossing … Continue reading

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One Moment in Time – Friday Fictioneers, March 2018

Beneath the oak tree’s dappled shade, Oliver sips his coffee and remembers the car needs servicing. Today is a good day, then; any cogent thought processes are a blessing these days. Louisa waves from the kitchen window.  Sometimes he’s not … Continue reading

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The End of the Road – Friday Fictioneers, March 2018

  “But do you like it?” says the youngest assistant, seemingly oblivious to Gerald’s icy stare. “I… er…”. I don’t actually, but Gerald, who always chooses my clothes, does. The other girls, Gerald’s fawning fan-club, the simperati, rush to endorse … Continue reading

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Obsession: Friday Fictioneers, March 2017

  They’ve come a long way, cameras today. Thirty years ago, the images were grainy, occasionally blurred, even though I took serious risks to get close, dodging behind bushes, scaling towering boundary walls. These days, even on the darkest nights, … Continue reading

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