Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Jar of Hearts – Friday Fictioneers, March 2016

  Funny thing about mother; slowly, surreptitiously, she just kinda sucked the heart out of you.  One by one, people diminished, gave up, drifted away. Some of us, like my father, suddenly went bang;  but my sisters and I, we … Continue reading

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Distraction – Friday Fictioneers, February 2016

Her shirt clings darkly, as she guns the car away from the nursery. “…but we’ve not seen Stevie today, we assumed he was ill…” It had been Joe’s turn to drop him off. Where the hell was he? Anger curdles … Continue reading

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The View from Down Here – Friday Fictioneers, February 2016

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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A Life in Sound Bytes – Friday Fictioneers, February 2016

  Each December, we’d unpack the tree decorations, laughing as we sang “Well hello, how are you…?” And when we put them away in January, we’d croon “I’ll be seeing you…” When the first bulb-tips pierced the winter-packed soil, you’d … Continue reading

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Lily’s Pond – Friday Fictioneers, February 2016

  The flame of passion, never having burned too brightly in Lily’s breast, flickers briefly before expiring, mired in the swamp of Maurice’s devotion. Gazing down at him from her marital pedestal, she examines her exit strategy. Lily is no … Continue reading

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Attention Seeker – Friday Fictioneers, January 2016

“Emily!” My father’s fist slams against the table and I avert my gaze from the crystal water-jug. The bubbles cease, though the handle has crazed. I slump exhausted, anticipating further rebuke; there is none. He retreats behind the gates of … Continue reading

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The Scales of Justice – Friday Fictioneers, January 2015

“It was kind of true,” Amelia whined. “Not any kind of truth I’m familiar with,” said her father grimly. “We’re going back to the music school to apologise.” Amelia admitted she’d lied; Mr Wilson was gracious in his acceptance. “I … Continue reading

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The Sins of the Father – Friday Fictioneers, January 2016

My mother’s mouth resembles a newly-stitched operation scar, her eyes steely. David’s mother, Katje, is pale and quivering; the bolt of animosity that shot between the pair in the Arrivals Hall had been almost palpable. “How’s Bill?” Katje whispers. “He … Continue reading

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Hobo

This is Hobo. Hobo is something of a celebrity stray in the Spanish town of Moraira, and he even has his own Facebook page. I’d heard about him before we returned to Spain for the winter, and there was no … Continue reading

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Same Old, Same Old… Friday Fictioneers, December 2015

The doorbell jingled;  the Christmas fairy shifted on her perch to identify the newcomer. “Good Christmas, Mabel?” said Joe, flopping down next to the woman nursing a cappuccino. “Oh usual stuff, kids everywhere, noise, noise, noise.” She’d spent the day … Continue reading

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