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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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Like A Rash – Friday Fictioneers, August 2017

“Don’t take this personally, it’s not about you.” Despite the rumours about downsizing, she’d not believed they’d choose her.  She’d never failed at anything, and she’d worked hard at making herself indispensable. Ever-present, ever-helpful, all over everyone. Everywhere. Yet as … Continue reading

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War of the Worlds at the WI – Friday Fictioneers, July 2017

  I’ve never really liked Mrs Fortescue-Jones, but right now her swollen lips and missing front teeth evoke an overwhelming empathic response from me. “Boomers…” the gatecrashers had shouted, hotly followed by “brexiteers…, housing-hoggers…, pension-bandits…, bed blockers…” We, the remaining … Continue reading

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The Watchfinder General – Friday Fictioneers, July 2017

  Aaron sells watches on the beach. He proudly totes an aluminium briefcase stuffed with his wares, his arms wreathed in watches both ‘new’ and ‘used’. Aaron knows everything there is to know about time; he should… he’s done some. … Continue reading

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In Loco Parentis – Friday Fictioneers – July 2017

First it was his art teacher. “Jimmy’s talented, Mrs Graham, but he tells lies.” Then his football coach. “He stole from the locker-room.  I saw him, but he denies it.” I remember the confrontations – the jutting under-lip, the tiny … Continue reading

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Hedera Helix – Friday Fictioneers

  Menacing, previously undiscovered rooms in my childhood home… Desperately thin cats I’ve forgotten to feed for years on end… Resentful, cruelly-parched plants, crying out in their death throes, twisting in anguish… Limbs that can’t move… Wake up! I silently … Continue reading

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Not Quite Forgotten – Friday Fictioneers, April 2017

You’re a long time dead… You boarded the train, your fingers brushing briefly across my stomach. Either that goes or I do… You sent postcards with no return address. Livin’ the life, hon… You left phone messages, withholding your number … 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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