Category Archives: Just Sayin’

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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Not All Bad – Friday Fictioneers, February 2017

You’re isolated now, completely on your own; scarcely visible to anyone or anything. You look in the mirror each morning.  They say what you see depends on your expectations, and although yours are pretty low, the reflection still falls unremittingly, … Continue reading

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Unlikely Bedfellows – Friday Fictioneers, February 2017

Where he was prickly, plodding, pedantic, our daughter was mercurial, almost ethereal. She rose each morning, her vitality unfurling to flit amongst the strands of other people’s lives, touching, inspiring, illuminating the darkest corners of their souls before sinking exhausted … Continue reading

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Blessings – Friday Fictioneers, January 2017

We never knew how Uncle Dan got his money, but he made sure we knew how he spent it. You’d have thought my father would be jealous, but not him;  he’d just smile, slip an arm round my mother’s waist … Continue reading

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The Sleep Thief – Friday Fictioneers, January 2017

The sleep-thief pauses at Becca Johnson’s door, sensing she’s staring into the darkness, believing every breath her last.  Across the corridor, the retired schoolteacher will be fretting, anticipating a long-deserved police visit, while in the adjacent room Ellen Ross is … Continue reading

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Abducted! Friday Fictioneers, January 2017

Rain hammers on the roof, as the carriage sways and jolts through the forest, and the horses whinny in panic when lightning flashes reveal decaying bodies dangling from barren branches. Glancing sideways, I flinch at his stern countenance, my stomach … Continue reading

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Better Never Than Late – What Pegman Saw

“Wicked!”, she’d cried in amazement, examining the perfection of her newly-born son, Christopher. “He seemed determined to be late,” said the nurse, “We were getting worried.” As it happened, Christopher was late right throughout his life; late to become toilet-trained, … Continue reading

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The History Man – Friday Fictioneers, January 2017

Sometimes it seemed as though light flooded the dusty recesses of his brain, and memories began to spew like flour from a mill-wheel. He’d lived through two world wars, coronations, a moon-landing and the unleashing of science’s most diabolical creation, … Continue reading

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Grief Surfing – Friday Fictioneers, December 2016

  “He meant everything to me,” she says, adding a candle to the multitude by the stage door. “You knew him then?” She stares. “Didn’t we all?” “No, I mean really know him?” “I felt like I did,” she says, … Continue reading

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Private Party – Friday Fictioneers, December 2016

  The Maitre D’ steps into my path. “You can’t go in there, madam.” “But there are no free tables back here,” I protest. A group of people wander past me into the darkened area of the restaurant, flooding it … Continue reading

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