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Faulty Connection – July, 2019

Eric tried to tell his parents; they didn’t listen. So party games remained unplayed, prizes unpresented, trampoline untrampled.  Dainty triangular sandwiches curled at the edges, as cream curdled on the jellies. The solitary guest, a little girl way off the … Continue reading

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Plus ça Change – Friday Fictioneers, July 2018

  That night before our final victorious skirmish, I detected his mood change, his uncertainty. Next day, when we’d won, he simply disappeared, upped sticks and left. After leading us to victory, he didn’t stick around to share the euphoria, … Continue reading

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The Big Sleep – Friday Fictioneers, June 2019

  The theatre is silent and in darkness, save for the Exit signs, gently pulsing a dim green glow across the big screen ahead. She’s no idea how long she’s slept, but even as she searches for her handbag she … Continue reading

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Airport Pick-Up – Friday Fictioneers, June, 2019

The other passengers fall silent; there’s nothing quite like a 67 year old camel-toe to arrest conversation. “What have I told you, Mother, about wearing beige leggings?” “You’re so conservative,” she giggles, running arthritic fingers through her spiky pink hair.  … Continue reading

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Antithesis – Friday Fictioneers, June 2019

I’m wearied by her constant soul-searching. “You’ve never loved me, have you?” she says. Never enough, clearly. “Other mothers…” she begins, but I reach for my coat. I’m done here – I’ve a train to catch. Had I been her … Continue reading

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Cuckoo in the Nest – Friday Fictioneers, June 2019

Why shouldn’t it be ours? Hadn’t we sacrificed as much as everyone?  These people had been forced to flee, as had we, and like as not had perished whilst we, who had also lost everything , survived. So we watched … Continue reading

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The View From Down Here – Friday Fictioneers, May 2019.

They’d arrived late, after a long drive. “Would you,” asked the funeral director, “like to view the body?” “No!” Ellie gasped, horrified. “I would,” said David, grim-faced, ignoring his sister. “I’ve never been frightened of Dad, and I’m not going … Continue reading

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Solidarity – Friday Fictioneers, May 2019

Finally, he turns to me. “…and I’m resting you again this week, Elizabeth.” The girls around me, celebrating their selection, fall suddenly silent. I shrug. “S’okay.” That doesn’t please him; I didn’t intend it should.  It’s a battle of wills. … Continue reading

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Where No Man Has Gone Before – Friday Fictioneers, May 2019

There are some parts of this earth that have never felt the weight of a man’s foot. Some blades of grass, straggling roots, vicious briar patches or barren wastes that remain unsullied by the tramp of careless boots,  or the … Continue reading

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Small Mercies – Friday Fictioneers, May 2018

‘Attendance a hundred percent up on last week’ observed Father Simeon delightedly. And better still, both seated in the same pew, sparing the necessity of swivelling his head from one side of the church to the other. Inspired, he preached … Continue reading

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