Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Coda – Friday Fictioneers, November 2016

Martin peers through the swollen slits of his eyes. Above him, the branches of a sycamore tree shift uneasily against a pearl grey sky, while his ears ache from the screeching of a dozen or more rooks, each registering their … Continue reading

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The Light of her Life – Friday Fictioneers, November 2016

“Anton is dying.” The note from Hortense is terse, the icy subtext clear.  His former lover, Sasha is not welcome at the bedside. Sasha would like to think Hortense has extended a courtesy; more likely though that Anton’s insecure young … Continue reading

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Finders Keepers – Friday Fictioneers, November 2016

The few people passing this way, since the new highway was built, hope to find someone… or lose them. Suspecting the latter, Joe let the blonde stay.  She was no trouble. One morning he watched her on the porch, scenting … Continue reading

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Telling Miss – Friday Fictioneers, October 2016

“Miss, Miss…” “Yes, Jody?” “Justin hit me.” I glance at Justin, studiously bent over his books, certain that he’s scarcely registered his accuser’s existence. “When was this then?” Jody screws up her eyes, concentrating. “Yesterday.” “Justin was absent yesterday, Jody.” … Continue reading

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I Double Dare You – Friday Fictioneers, October 2016

“Lie flat, Jess!” Emily was crawling across the ice towards me, as men scrambled from the nearby factory, carrying ladders and ropes. Glancing down, I saw the ice darkening around me, the splintering becoming louder. “Hurry, Emily!” “I’m coming. Everything … Continue reading

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Take a Little Time – Friday Fictioneers, September 2016

    “So…” said the therapist, weakly, “did you feel better… afterwards?” I considered briefly.  “Not better.  Different, perhaps.” He shifted uneasily. “You didn’t feel any remorse…  shame for your actions?” “I suppose there was an element of regret.” He … Continue reading

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The Work Ethic – Friday Fictioneers, September 2016

    It was all she had to leave me, she said, unaware she’d left me so much more. I blow the dust from the spindle and test the treadle with my foot.  It still works.  As did she, right … Continue reading

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Any Place, Any Time – Friday Fictioneers, August 2016

I’m leaning against the door. Outside, the sky spasmodically brightens with hell-fire, while behind me the television plays out an unspeakable loop of savagery and bloodshed on the streets of my city. The doorbell rings again. If I open this … Continue reading

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A Good Samaritan? Friday Fictioneers, August 2016

  They were long gone by the time the police responded to the Coastguard’s summons, slinking into the darkness as the glowing horizon heralded the dawn of a new day, a new life. Or a new wave of terror, thought … Continue reading

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Made in Hong Kong – Friday Fictioneers, August 2016

  The walls between our units were paper thin; next door the thump of heavy-duty machines heralded the birth of belts and handbags, whilst  in our workplace makeshift power connections flickered, sparking above production lines foaming with tawdry silk underwear. … Continue reading

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