Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Result! – Friday Fictioneers, November 2017

  Today, for some people, life will change forever. Anything… judgemental error, software failure, metal fatigue, an alert lab technician or simply fate itself… may herald a new, challenging direction. “Must you do this today?” Simon asks, surveying the bags … Continue reading

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With a Capital T – Friday Fictioneers, November 2017

  I still miss Annie, in a way. I’m told she’s unfriended me on Facebook… but I blocked her months ago. We’d been friends from the cradle.  She was my rock, my confidante, the person who could make everything right.  … Continue reading

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Black Friday – Friday Fictioneers

  Her last known address was 59th street. I stayed over occasionally, on nights when icicles fringed the railway arches.  You hid in the furniture department till closing-time, then selected your doss… simple as that. I liked a king-size, but … Continue reading

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On Golden Pond – Friday Fictioneers, October 2017

“Hell’s teeth, Ethel, whoever took this photo shoulda told Chelsea what she looked like.” Ethel peered over Norman’s shoulder. “She’ll have taken that herself, Norman.  They do that now.” “Why’s she pulling that idiotic face, then?” “That’s a pout, dear.” … Continue reading

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The Weeping Oak – Friday Fictioneers, October 2017

Hal sighed.  Just the one son, and he had to be a weirdo. “Trees don’t cry, Joe.” “’Course they do, Dad.  What about weeping willows, weeping figs… elm?  There’s lots of them.” “Whatever, it’s good as dead, son,” said Hal, … Continue reading

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Petard Hoisting – Sunday Photo Fiction

  “Dirty-British-coaster-with-a-salt-caked-smoke-stack…” explodes old Rufus, liberally spraying his fellow passenger’s laptop with spittle. Alarmed, the man hurriedly changes seats, fishing frantically for a handkerchief. Rufus grins, man-spreading luxuriously, until a bespectacled student nudges himself into the newly vacated seat. “Butting-through-the-channel-in-the-mad-March-days…” … Continue reading

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No Other Love – Friday Fictioneers, September 2017

  The fire is extinguished now, the building just a blackened, steaming skeleton. Yet while the crowd disperses, something still blazes deep inside Chloe. “Let’s go,” Joe says, taking her hand. She shakes him off irritably, mesmerised by the ruins. … Continue reading

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Missing You Already – Friday Fictioneers, September 2017

“He seldom visited; it won’t change anything,” said my grandmother, on learning her eldest son had died unexpectedly, “though he did send me a tenner every Christmas … I’ll miss that.” Years later, within hours of my father’s death, my … Continue reading

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An Unhappy Medium – Friday Fictioneers

We form the circle. Lily abhors contact with Penrose; the first summons can launch her into a crazy spiral of despair, her anguish leaving us spent. We all harbour a similar aversion to him;  I’ve seen the way others avoid … Continue reading

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Cat’s in the Cradle – Friday Fictioneers, September 2017

We were so poor, my father once paid off the hired help with my dog. My mother left the following year; that was tough too. “Where do you think they’re living now, Dad?” “The next valley, son.” Seemed like everything … Continue reading

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