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Losing You – Friday Fictioneers, January 2018

  Fingers of mist drift low in the valley, ensnaring trees and bushes in a gentle, transitory embrace. Ailsa hurries forward, biting her lip as the sharp frost eats into her fingers, drumming relentlessly into her arthritic knuckles. The barn … Continue reading

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Calling Home – Friday Fictioneers, December 2017

“Hi Jeanie, how’s it going?” “Fine. You?” “Terrific. Think I might have a contract lined up.” “Really?” “Right – guy saw me perform, left a number for me to ring.” “Great. When you coming home, honey?” “Soon Jeanie, my luck’s … Continue reading

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Good to Go – Friday Fictioneers, December 2017

  Reaching the end, neither will fathom why they ever began. “Have a nice life,” he’ll murmur, with uncharacteristic civility, returning his door-keys. “Don’t be a stranger,” she’ll say, hoping to God he will, and resolving to change the locks … Continue reading

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Driving Home for Christmas – Friday Fictioneers, December 2017

By the time he left Oxford, the first few threads of conviction were beginning to unravel. He hadn’t contacted her to say he was coming; he hadn’t contacted her in months, to be truthful.  But he always came home for … Continue reading

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The Sleepover – Friday Fictioneers, November 2017

“Has she done her duty?” enquired my great-aunt. My grandmother shrugged, not sharing her sister’s preoccupation. Duty had, in fact, not been done.  Nor would it ever, until I was safely ensconced in the welcoming embrace of the avocado-coloured toilet … Continue reading

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Result! – Friday Fictioneers, November 2017

  Today, for some people, life will change forever. Anything… judgemental error, software failure, metal fatigue, an alert lab technician or simply fate itself… may herald a new, challenging direction. “Must you do this today?” Simon asks, surveying the bags … Continue reading

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With a Capital T – Friday Fictioneers, November 2017

  I still miss Annie, in a way. I’m told she’s unfriended me on Facebook… but I blocked her months ago. We’d been friends from the cradle.  She was my rock, my confidante, the person who could make everything right.  … Continue reading

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No Other Love – Friday Fictioneers, September 2017

  The fire is extinguished now, the building just a blackened, steaming skeleton. Yet while the crowd disperses, something still blazes deep inside Chloe. “Let’s go,” Joe says, taking her hand. She shakes him off irritably, mesmerised by the ruins. … Continue reading

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Missing You Already – Friday Fictioneers, September 2017

“He seldom visited; it won’t change anything,” said my grandmother, on learning her eldest son had died unexpectedly, “though he did send me a tenner every Christmas … I’ll miss that.” Years later, within hours of my father’s death, my … Continue reading

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Cat’s in the Cradle – Friday Fictioneers, September 2017

We were so poor, my father once paid off the hired help with my dog. My mother left the following year; that was tough too. “Where do you think they’re living now, Dad?” “The next valley, son.” Seemed like everything … Continue reading

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