Category Archives: Friday Fictioneers

The Mistress’s Tale – Friday Fictioneers, August 2017

I gave the giant teddy-bear to my niece; I was forty-one, for God’s sake, and I knew it came from his samples stock. The size eight underwear… I kept it a while… hope springs eternal and all that – but … Continue reading

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War of the Worlds at the WI – Friday Fictioneers, July 2017

  I’ve never really liked Mrs Fortescue-Jones, but right now her swollen lips and missing front teeth evoke an overwhelming empathic response from me. “Boomers…” the gatecrashers had shouted, hotly followed by “brexiteers…, housing-hoggers…, pension-bandits…, bed blockers…” We, the remaining … Continue reading

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The Watchfinder General – Friday Fictioneers, July 2017

  Aaron sells watches on the beach. He proudly totes an aluminium briefcase stuffed with his wares, his arms wreathed in watches both ‘new’ and ‘used’. Aaron knows everything there is to know about time; he should… he’s done some. … Continue reading

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In Loco Parentis – Friday Fictioneers – July 2017

First it was his art teacher. “Jimmy’s talented, Mrs Graham, but he tells lies.” Then his football coach. “He stole from the locker-room.  I saw him, but he denies it.” I remember the confrontations – the jutting under-lip, the tiny … Continue reading

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The Black Dog – Friday Fictioneers, July 2017

  On black dog days, the door remained closed. We crept around, ducking beneath shadows festering outside his study. Mother said that for him, when the black dog came, there was no difference between day and night. He couldn’t help … Continue reading

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Hedera Helix – Friday Fictioneers

  Menacing, previously undiscovered rooms in my childhood home… Desperately thin cats I’ve forgotten to feed for years on end… Resentful, cruelly-parched plants, crying out in their death throes, twisting in anguish… Limbs that can’t move… Wake up! I silently … Continue reading

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Accomplice Before the Fact – Friday Fictioneers, May 2017

  “We need to speak to your daughter.” Their expressions had been bleak, their demeanour professionally detached. No-one would tell me why. Now policemen come and go, talking in undertones, glancing over their shoulders at me.  Not curiously, not compassionately… … Continue reading

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La Place de l’Etoile – Friday Fictioneers, May 2017

Confetti and horse-shoes…  champagne and roses… cheers as our horse-drawn carriage pulled out of La Place de l’Etoile. It seemed we’d live forever, yet in no time at all we were spending more time looking for our glasses than through … Continue reading

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Not Quite Forgotten – Friday Fictioneers, April 2017

You’re a long time dead… You boarded the train, your fingers brushing briefly across my stomach. Either that goes or I do… You sent postcards with no return address. Livin’ the life, hon… You left phone messages, withholding your number … Continue reading

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A Match Made in Heaven

  He smiles tenderly at his young bride. “If you desire them, you shall have them, beloved,” he says, indicating the gleaming dancing shoes in the shop window, “but you must promise you will dance for me every day.” She … Continue reading

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