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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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Chancre Colore – Friday Fictioneers, March 2018

Her dilapidated lock-side cottage had been shock enough, but the cracked bare banks of the Midi stunned me into silence. Gone were the colonnades of plane trees, dappling the banks with their restless leafy cover.  Now ugly steel pilings stood … Continue reading

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A Work In Progress – Friday Fictioneers, March 2018

  Her father taught her to fight like a hell-cat; her mother was teaching her whoring, before Social Services intervened. I taught her to read and write, telling her she could be the brightest and the best. Down the line, … Continue reading

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A Friend in Need – Friday Fictioneers, February 2018

The snowman smiles his broken-pebble smile as Mildred waves from her window. By four o’clock, he’d been freshy-built on the village green. At six o’clock he’s across the street from Mildred’s house, his carrot-nose twitching left and right, as if … Continue reading

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The Evil That Men Do… Friday Fictioneers, February 2017

In accordance with my father’s wishes, we planted the biodegradable cylinder containing a mix of his ashes, an organic nutrient and the precious seeds. Sentimental clap-trap?  Or something more sinister? Throughout the ceremony my siblings sobbed uncontrollably, casting speculative or … Continue reading

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That’s All Folks! – Friday Fictioneers, January 2018

  By nightfall, a small crowd had gathered, familiar faces from the past. We stared in silence, remembering a time.  The ruined house had been a sanctuary, a meeting place, somewhere to play, to dream, to act out our ghostly … Continue reading

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