Category Archives: Just Sayin’

The Sound of Silence – Sunday Fiction

  Annabel did silence well, and I learned that if silence were my first course in our daily encounter, guilt would almost certainly be the second; liberally served, allowed to cool, before congealing into a suffocating, glutinous mess. Her silence … Continue reading

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A Match Made in Heaven

  He smiles tenderly at his young bride. “If you desire them, you shall have them, beloved,” he says, indicating the gleaming dancing shoes in the shop window, “but you must promise you will dance for me every day.” She … Continue reading

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The Missing Piece – Friday Fictioneers, April 2017

  He was the missing piece in the jigsaw of my life, and I had to have him, even though he belonged to someone else. So when we met socially, the three of us, I was carefully attentive towards her, … Continue reading

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Nothing To See Here – Friday Fictioneers, March 2017

A 25-mile tail-back, three abreast. Interviews and hospital appointments missed, kids uncollected from school, friends and loved ones arriving ungreeted from far-flung destinations. Down the line, motorists amble, phones pressed to ears, swigging from water-bottles; up front, others watch the … Continue reading

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An Old Soul – Friday Fictioneers, March 2017

From the moment of his birth, my grandson was old.  And wise. From his crib, he fixed me with an unwavering gaze as we locked fingers on the blue satin-edged blanket.  I felt humbled… instantaneously stripped of layers of attitudes, … Continue reading

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The Gift of the Gab – What Pegman Saw

“You’re not my type… push off.” He trailed after her, undeterred. “I don’t know why I’ve got this reputation, I’m an OK kind of guy.  I commit to people.” “I heard you’d shag road-kill if it were still warm,” she … Continue reading

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On a More Practical Note – Friday Fictioneers, March 2017

She’s not sure why she’s done this. Because she could?  That convenient mantra inspires most of her transgressions, a glib response that unnerves even the most detached interrogator. She presses her face into the pillow, inhaling his man-smell, and slides … Continue reading

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When It’s Over – Sunday Photo Fiction

  “It’s not you, it’s me.”  Eyes downcast, he shifted the sauce bottle closer to the oil dispenser. She stared fixedly at the tablecloth.  Her instincts had signaled this moment for weeks, but now it had arrived, she felt detached.  … Continue reading

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There Goes The Neighbourhood – What Pegman Saw

  “I think I may have over-reacted,” Louella stammered, as the kids, apparently stunned by their mother’s outburst, awkwardly kicked their heels on the porch. “On the contrary, it was extremely thoughtless of us,” the old man said stiffly, “but … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Massacre – Friday Fictioneers, February 2017

  “You sent it???” Her fantasies had been shattered, and also the cachet of having an unknown admirer. How could he imagine that she, the homecoming queen, would be seen dead with him?  Not exactly trailer-park trash, but close enough … Continue reading

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