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When the Big Wheel Stops Turning – Friday Fictioneers, November 2020

  There’s time to reflect now… an outcome as unwelcome as it is unendurable. Momentum lends impermeability – stuff happens, nothing sticks. But inertia leaves him exposed – vulnerable to the actions, reactions and sensitivities of others, which is a … Continue reading

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Cast a Long Shadow – Friday Fictioneers, November 2020

    There were things we weren’t told. The vendors… well you could perhaps understand their silence.  But even after we’d moved in, the neighbours said nothing. I asked them why,  afterwards. It was just rumour, no point alarming you… … Continue reading

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Watching Out For You – Friday Fictioneers, November 2020

She’s caught glimpses of him all day, dodging behind hanging rugs, peeping from dark alleyways. She’s unconcerned;  it’s happened many times before.  Her therapist describes this as working through the grieving process. She’s never heard him before though; that’s something … Continue reading

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In Too Deep – Friday Fictioneers, October 2020

  Mattie knew about women…  how to hook ‘em… how to… well, you know. He once said when you dump a girl, do it in style.  Make it a day she’ll remember for the good stuff as well as the … Continue reading

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The Passing of the Storm – Friday Fictioneers, October 2020

The storm passed, as storms always do. It’s hard to believe this though, when doors slam, windows rattle and shrieking winds of despair blow a hoolie through the nooks and crannies of our home. Next morning clouds scudded across a … Continue reading

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The Fall Out – Friday Fictioneers, September 2020

  When the red mist lifts, as lift it surely will, he will be consumed with regret. But for now, the thrumming of his rage, the clenching and unclenching of his fists, the drumming of his heels… this is the … Continue reading

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La Jeunesse – Friday Fictioneers, September 2020

La Jeunesse Long shadows stain the shimmering cobbles; it’s still hot for late September. Weatherworn cottages bordering the square ogle with unblinking eyes as she lifts the damp curls from her neck.  The boy from le tabac wipes down tables, … Continue reading

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Lost at Sea – Friday Fictioneers, September 2020

  Flotsam, the kind of debris that ends up in the sea by accident…  accidents of carelessness, misfortune, or simply caused by the passage of time.  The flotsam on the pavement outside their apartment comprises chipped crockery, torn clothing, empty … Continue reading

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One Careless Owner – Friday Fictioneers, September 2020

Thin fingers, unnervingly strong, grip my wrist. “Put it back.  It’s not for you.” “It’s for sale,” I protest, “it’s priced.” She prises it from my fingers, returns it to the shelf. Seething, I drift over to the jade carvings, … Continue reading

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Last One Standing – Friday Fictioneers, August 2020

It’s always a balancing act; her mood flickers across the full spectrum in response to words or deeds imperceptible to most of us. You learn to tip-toe around her, to cajole, reassure or sometimes just step back for a short … Continue reading

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