Category Archives: Published Work

Threshold – Friday Fictioneers, September 2021

That walk from the front door to the kitchen –  what, five seconds?  Six or seven at the outside. The Garda trails unwillingly in my wake, shoes squeaking on the linoleum. This exquisite hiatus heralds the passing from one realm … Continue reading

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Reaching a Conclusion – Friday Fictioneers, September 2021

I like to walk by the river at dawn – it helps me reflect, to see things more clearly. “We were only drifting along, you and I,” he’d said, “not really going anywhere.” That wasn’t the way I’d seen it; … Continue reading

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Oscar’s Flight of Fancy – Friday Fictioneers, August 2021

“On this bike, son, I ride to the stars and back every night.” “It really doesn’t look like it goes anywhere, grandad,” says Joshua doubtfully, surveying the rusting wreck. “The power of a man’s imagination son,” Oscar says waving airily … Continue reading

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Gigolo – Friday Fictioneers, August 2021

He thinks he takes from me, and in ways that do not matter, he does. In reality, of course, I take from him.  Much more. He does not understand symbiosis. Not yet.  And when he does, he may be too … Continue reading

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A Match Made in Halifax – Friday Fictioneers, July 2021

The great lummox shifts uneasily at my door. “Sithee…” He grips his cap like a shield, rotating it through calloused fingers. “Sithee, I’ve 42 cows, 20 acres, and 16 sheep.  Tha’ll want fer nuthin’…” Seemingly appalled by his own effrontery, … Continue reading

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The Lost Boys – Friday Fictioneers, July 2021

Finn was a quiet, self-effacing guy, with a left eye continually drifting to the side as though something more interesting had caught his attention.  Maybe something had.  He talked sense; we usually heard him out.     Just not that day… … Continue reading

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The Sisterhood – Friday Fictioneers, July 2021

We watched as she unwrapped him, one layer at a time, pausing to caress, assess, sometimes rationalise before moving steadfastly to the next layer. There was a doggedness about her, transitioning slowly from an unwillingness to accept each revelation, through … Continue reading

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Change of Life – Friday Fictioneers, June 2021

The guy who sold me this said it would change my life. I doubted it; ownership of a run-down camper can hardly be classed as cathartic, but a set of wheels for 100 bucks was pretty tempting. He also said … Continue reading

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Fall From Grace – Friday Fictioneers, June 2021

I’m backing quietly out the door.  Thankfully, I’d stifled an apology, and in the throes of their passion they’re unaware I was even there.  In the outer office I press cold hands to my burning cheeks.  My thoughts are for … Continue reading

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The Magpie – Friday Fictioneers, June 2021

Here, in this hide-away, are the missing pieces of several jigsaws. Letters I’d misplaced, whole bundles of them, and others which have never reached me… all here. My diaries, the illicit gifts furtively unwrapped and hidden away, cherished photographs of … Continue reading

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