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Pause for Thought – Friday Fictioneers, January 2020

As she kneels amongst the shattered plant-pots, cradling his grizzled head in her hands, she realises she can’t remember when they last touched each other. Distant sirens herald the approaching ambulance. “Hang on, Joseph.” Later, much later, she climbs into … Continue reading

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Road Runner – January 2020

  When the motion stops, the problems start. Winding ribbons of motorways, the lazy curve of a slow-flowing river, the pitch and toss of a turbulent sea.  All of these keep the past on the back-boiler, out of sight, yet … Continue reading

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Crowd Funding – December 2019

  Jim stares blankly at the woman on his sofa. “So, we’re providing a turkey dinner at the village hall, party games, carol-singing, a glass of sherry and a free Christmas gift.  How does that sound?” Jim ponders, stroking his bristly … Continue reading

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That Time of the Year – Friday Fictioneers, December 2019

He’s gone.  And once again we start to pick up the pieces. There are egos to be restored, confidences to be rebuilt, dreams to be resurrected, wounds to be healed. Like a hurricane, every year he bowls in, strewing gifts … Continue reading

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The Night Bus – Friday Fictioneers, December 2019

  There are more of us tonight; we sit quietly, shoulder to shoulder. Behind us, at a safe distance, we see the headlights of the first unmarked paddy-wagon.  This is for the redeemables. The others are for the others. Gratifyingly, … Continue reading

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Overthrow at the Temple – Friday Fictioneers, November 2019

  Someone will have found them by now. The Senior Librarian, I filed her behind Crime Fiction.  She’ll probably recover, given time, but she doesn’t have that much time before retirement. The younger one… meh.   She’s folded neatly into the space … Continue reading

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Inertia – Friday Fictioneers, November 2019

She doesn’t know why she’s on this train. But she’s wondering whether the same inertia that’s smothered her over the years now keeps her rooted in her seat. Stations loom, pause momentarily, and recede in the distance.  The compulsion to … Continue reading

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The Coat of Many Heartbreaks – Friday Fictioneers, October 2019

Even as he left, she set about patching up the hole he’d left in her life. Firm, neat stitches, and soon you could scarcely tell he’d been there at all. Inevitably, more repairs became necessary in time, some simply requiring … Continue reading

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Dining Out – Friday Fictioneers, October 2019

There’s gaiety on the streets tonight, but I’ve had my fill of that. Earlier I trailed a couple to the park, and dined on love, lightly seasoned with lust.  Or was it the other way round?  My taste buds are … Continue reading

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The Full Picture – Friday Fictioneers, October 2019

I didn’t know who those people were. I’d hovered between the accumulating piles – charity shop, memorabilia, rubbish, before dropping the photos in the middle pile. I’d go through them later. And now they’re on the table, between me and … Continue reading

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