Category Archives: Just Sayin’

This is me at the Mall… Friday Fictioneers, December 2014

The shopping mall floor chills Emily’s scalp but she doesn’t care, she’s transfixed by the circle of faces above her. Black eyes glitter, pointed ears relish the moans she cannot silence. Ever closer their narrow snouts loom, sniffing her distress … Continue reading

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Who Cares…? Friday Fictioneers, December 2014

“Garbage,” Professor Galbraith shouted, throwing my manuscript down, “utter rubbish.” It had been my best work ever; I doubted I’d do better. So I dropped out of college, moved away, and never wrote another sentence. The word was I’d died; … Continue reading

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Rapartee – Friday Fictioneers (November 2014)

When one of his more able pupils declared an intention to pursue a career in ‘Meejah Studies,’ Mr Penworthy tried to deflect him into ‘Library Sciences’. “Nah, I fough’ ‘bou’ i’ Sir; but ‘snot fer me. I’s a communicay’ah.” Mr … Continue reading

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Almost a Samaritan (Friday Fictioneers – November 2014)

“Wouldn’t want one in my workshop.” “One what?” Geoff says, glancing around. “The retard there – a liability, I’d say.” “He’s no problem. Someone’s gotta help ‘em.” “Better man than I am, Geoff Roper.” “His ma begged me to give … Continue reading

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Look, Learn and Process…

My food processor, now around 20 years old, took advantage of my momentary absence  last week to dance its way off the kitchen worktop, yanking the plug out of the wall and shattering some components of high functional importance when … Continue reading

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Not Made in Hollywood – Friday Fictioneers, November 2014

Mrs Robinson slid off the kitchen table, smoothing her skirt over her knees. It would be nice, just occasionally, if he’d stay awhile afterwards, perhaps share a glass of wine, a cupcake even. As ever though, his mind was now … Continue reading

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Downsizing (Friday Fictioneers, November 2014)

On paper, thirty years ago, it had made perfect sense. There’d been awards, accolades, honours for the sheer ingenuity of the concept. It had taken some selling to the over-sixties, but then hadn’t that been the essence of the problem… … Continue reading

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Someone I Used to Know (Friday Fictioneers – October 2014)

“What I miss most about Fran is her laugh… “ “More of a gurgle, remember?” We sit in silence, soaking up the sunshine, reflecting. “How’s Joe?” “Not good – he talks about her a lot, things she used to do, … Continue reading

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Political Detachment (Friday Fictioneers – October 2014)

In my years as William’s political aide, I’d mastered detachment… totally. As he approached, I turned to gaze across the lake. His wife’s arm was tucked in his; they’d made a fine couple, aging gracefully. My lunch-date was usually late; … Continue reading

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An Extraordinary Gift (Friday Fictioneers, October 2014)

“Nothing, Grandad!” The customary defiant denial. “Numbers don’t just fall off by accident,” he said, fingering the old clock. “Did!” “You must have done something.” Another tack, less accusatory, though God knows he was in so much pain it was … Continue reading

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