Category Archives: Just Sayin’

Apple Blossom Time – June 2015

When we moved into this house six years ago, we were delighted to discover an apple tree in the back garden. That very first year I picked the apples, and as I recall, though it wasn’t a bumper crop, there … Continue reading

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A Spirited Child – Friday Fictioneers, June 2015

“She’ll wonder where we’ve gone… if she ever comes back… call me, please…” Mrs Hoffman tearfully pressed the card into my hand. Afterwards her husband took me aside. “She’s overwrought… I’m sorry. It’s been ten years since Mandy disappeared; bit … Continue reading

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Only Words (Friday Fictioneers, June 2015)

    Your words are scattered like ice-shards on our bed. People change… no-one’s fault… They fall to the floor as I smooth the sheets, and I nudge the fragments beneath the bed. I pluck my words from the pillow … Continue reading

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Shape Shifter

  Copyright C Hase   I knew it wasn’t Eric, the moment we sat down to breakfast. Oh, it looked like him all right, same wide forehead, broad shoulders, stubby nose … but it wasn’t him… in his eyes, I … Continue reading

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Caveat Emptor – Friday Fictioneers

The peed-and-dried odour, mingled with distinctly earthy undertones, alerted Miss Clinton to Suzie Brown’s presence at her elbow. “Yes, Suzie?” “Tommy Jones put his hand up my skirt, Miss, and then he ran away.” Suzie doesn’t look horrified; indeed, she … Continue reading

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Symmetry

“Put the cat out… feed the goldfish… dig the garden… tidy the tool-shed …” And so it went on, like the endless drip, drip of a rusty tap. But now the cat’s left home, and the goldfish float lifeless on … Continue reading

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Single-Handed – Friday Fictioneers April 2015

  It’s over quite suddenly. His dusty kitbag sits on the quay, before he hoists it with an awkward smile and melts into the crowded market-place. He feels he’s worked his passage; she feels used. After a restless night, she … Continue reading

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Cold War – Friday Fictioneers, April 2015

  “In my day,” said Sandra, peering at the magazine over Doug’s shoulder, “an arse that size would be considered a deformity.” “In your day, Sandra, an arse that size would have been concealed beneath a bustle.” The two care … Continue reading

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The Mother of the Tried (Friday Fictioneers, April 2015)

“You should have strangled him at birth!” Ellen recoiled, staggering. Her assailant was manhandled away by the police, and Sarah bundled Ellen into the car. “Hang on, Ellen. We’ll soon be home.” “That poor man… his family… and all because … Continue reading

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The Sleep-Eater – Friday Fictioneers, April 2015

Sunday – one minute to midnight – the night train pulls out of the station. Only two passengers; the Sleep-Eater and me. By journey’s end, the ‘Things I Shouldn’t Have Done’ chest will have been prised open, its contents strewn … Continue reading

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