Category Archives: Friday Fictioneers

Requiem – Friday Fictioneers, April 2020.

The rooks had been gathering, even as hunters slashed their way into the heart of the forest. Now gunfire shatters the early evening silence, and after each volley there’s a moment’s pause before the sound of branches rustling, cracking, giving … Continue reading

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Someone Else’s Dream – Friday Fictioneers, March 2020

It occurs to her that since he brought her here, there has never been a day without mist shrouding the boundary fence. How strange; when he talks about the view – the rolling fields, the distant spires. Every morning he … Continue reading

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Not My Circus… Friday Fictioneers, March 2020

The man by the fountain is crying. Everyone pretends not to notice, burying heads in newspapers or studying phones intently. The tears become sobs, and less steely individuals glance at their watches, staging elaborately shocked surprise before hurrying away. The … Continue reading

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After All This Time – Friday Fictioneers, February 2020

An unguarded moment… a lapse in resolve and her past hurtles into view, cartwheeling her into the familiar labrynth of guilt, apprehension… partial regret.  It can take days to work through the nightmare, to rationalise, to paper over the images. … Continue reading

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The Harbingers – Friday Fictioneers, February 2020

  She watches from the terminal building as they drift up the rear steps of the aircraft. She’s seen them before at the shopping mall, climbing the escalators minutes before the terrorists struck. They’d been gathering in the foyer the … Continue reading

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A Stranger Danger – Friday Fictioneers, January 2020

Annie tilts her face to the sun. Her tongue circles the mound of ice-cream, skimming over the softened rim of the cornet. Waves whisper along the shoreline, seagulls wheel and circle, watching, hovering, calculating. Then a shadow darkens the sun; … Continue reading

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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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