Category Archives: Just Sayin’

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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An Indifferent Wife – Friday Fictioneers, April 2015

“I’ll drive you home, Ellen.” “I’m widowed, not incapacitated.” Not an unhappy marriage, but no idyll either. Different aspirations, different interests. She’d often dreamed of leaving but each time she reached the brink she held back, fearful that only a … Continue reading

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Nailing It (Friday Fictioneers, March 2015)

Fog dipped and curled on the fringes of the motorway, beading the grimy fleeces of wall-eyed sheep huddled beneath dry-stone boundaries. Will shivered; he shared none of his father’s passion for the north of England. ‘I’ve become a real southern … Continue reading

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The Promised Land

  Your winters have surprised us, though the coldness of your hearts is legend. You cannot make us leave; you will not. This was no elective pilgrimage; we’ve been abandoned at sea and trudged miles to escape persecution for our … Continue reading

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Trial by Breakfast (Friday Fictioneers – March 2015)

  Her eyes were like saucers as the priest laid the plate before her. Five fried eggs and wholemeal toast! The starving beggar-girl wolfed everything down quickly … noisily. “You didn’t say Grace,” the priest reproved, and she bowed her … Continue reading

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