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Solidarity – Friday Fictioneers, May 2019

Finally, he turns to me. “…and I’m resting you again this week, Elizabeth.” The girls around me, celebrating their selection, fall suddenly silent. I shrug. “S’okay.” That doesn’t please him; I didn’t intend it should.  It’s a battle of wills. … Continue reading

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Where No Man Has Gone Before – Friday Fictioneers, May 2019

There are some parts of this earth that have never felt the weight of a man’s foot. Some blades of grass, straggling roots, vicious briar patches or barren wastes that remain unsullied by the tramp of careless boots,  or the … Continue reading

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Small Mercies – Friday Fictioneers, May 2018

‘Attendance a hundred percent up on last week’ observed Father Simeon delightedly. And better still, both seated in the same pew, sparing the necessity of swivelling his head from one side of the church to the other. Inspired, he preached … Continue reading

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Home From the Sea – Friday Fictioneers – April 2019

He’s returned from the sea, as he’d always sworn he would. “There is no ocean” he’d once said grimly, “that can separate us.” Bleached by sun, sea and salt, he is scarcely recognisable, apart from his faded denim jeans and … Continue reading

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At a Time of My Choosing – Friday Fictioneers, April 2019

The search party lights flicker away eastwards, trailing the barking dogs. Silver spears of rain slant into my eyes; I taste them on my lips.  Their rhythmic patter stirs the surrounding grasses, releasing the familiar aroma of arid ground succumbing … Continue reading

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Trouble at t’Mill – Friday Fictioneers, March 2019

I have difficulty concentrating, enthralled as I am by the dexterity of her lips as she mee-maws her way wheezily through her memories. She’s seen it all, but long before this northern town became infamous for the proclivities of its … Continue reading

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The Unfairground – Friday Fictioneers, March 2019

  He enjoyed the swings, but then seemed uncertain, so until the roundabout gathered speed, I paced alongside the undulating red and silver horse. The second time around I saw his expression relaxing from angst to delight. And the next … Continue reading

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Do Not Go Gentle… Friday Fictioneers, March 2019

  We stare at each other across the years of mutually-unfulfilled expectations. “I have to go back to London tomorrow, Dad.” He doesn’t respond, momentarily distracted by a pretty nurse scurrying past. “Is there anything you need before I leave?  … Continue reading

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Renaissance – Friday Fictioneers, March 2019

The chair is mine now. For thirty years it was his chair, moulded by time to his generous proportions, the arms polished by perpetually drumming fingers, the head-rest darkened with grease. For twelve months now it’s been our chair, my … Continue reading

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The Winter-Gatherer – Friday Fictioneers, February 2018

We’d been too busy to notice, we said later, even though we crossed the village green every day. Some days it had faced south, sometimes east, occasionally west. But we only remembered that when someone said “Hey, shouldn’t that thing … Continue reading

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