Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Made in Heaven – Friday Fictioneers – May 2016

The great lummox shifts uneasily at my door. “Sithee…” He grips his cap like a shield, rotating it through calloused fingers. “Sithee, I’ve 42 cows, 20 acres, and 16 sheep.  Tha’ll want fer nuthin’…” Seemingly appalled by his own effrontery, … Continue reading

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Shine on Harvest Moon – Friday Fictioneers, April 2016

Having locked us out of our shop, my wife stands in the delivery yard, lost in the ruins of her mind and the wonder of the silver harvest moon hanging low in the sky. “I told you not to follow … Continue reading

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Trespass – Friday Fictioneers, April 2016

Louella’s family fenced their land with barbed wire – presumably to keep out riff-raff like us. But we kids were wild; we went anywhere we pleased, and we scrambled under the wire.  When Louella found us we thought she’d be … Continue reading

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Spark of Knowledge – Friday Fictioneers, April 2016

She closes her eyes, trying to erase the memories of what just happened. When she opens them, his aura is stronger, pulsating deep crimson now and he’s approaching her… again. Concentrating fiercely, she summons the image of the old book… … Continue reading

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Penance – Friday Fictioneers, April 2016

At dusk the villagers commence their annual pilgrimage through the woods. I’m sixteen; judged old enough to participate now. We reach the clearing where, only yesterday, charred timbers littered a blackened hollow, that nature, oddly, has abhorred for years.  But … Continue reading

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A Spent Force – Friday Fictioneers, April 2016

  The elevator takes three minutes to reach the 183rd floor. Long enough for eyes to meet, and lips to smile. “Monday,” he sighs. “Soon comes round,” she says. “Have a nice day!” they chorus. By Tuesday they’ve exchanged names, … Continue reading

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The Eye of the Beholder – Friday Fictioneers, March 2016

  “She sees the best in everyone,” he said. “Lucky for you then,” I snapped, coldly. He flushed.  “You couldn’t just be happy for us, I suppose?” “You’re so right.” In a shower of rose-petals, silver horseshoes and rice, he … Continue reading

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Reaching a Conclusion – Friday Fictioneers, March 2016

I like to walk by the river at dawn – it helps me reflect, to see things more clearly. “We were only drifting along, you and I,” he’d said, “not really going anywhere.” That wasn’t the way I’d seen it; … Continue reading

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Strangeways – Friday Fictioneers, March 2016

  The prison has overshadowed these cramped and sooty terraced houses for years. Sometimes, snug in my bed, I’d be woken by the wail of sirens, and I’d fancy I heard clanging cell doors, the relentless, pounding footsteps of the … Continue reading

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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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