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The Grief Counsellor

“Just clear it, goddammit,” she hisses, between clenched teeth. “What all of it?” “Bin it, burn it, what the f*** do I care?” You do care, Mrs G.  So much that you want to supplant the pain of loss with … Continue reading

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Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone – Friday Fictioneers, September 2022

Gentle tapping disturbs the rhythm of the hive. The bees pause… waiting. I come with news.  The mistress is dead, but don’t you go. Your master will be a good master to you. The older bees remain poised, perhaps contemplating, … Continue reading

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Driving Home for Christmas – December 2021

The thing about motion is that it distracts. Whilst driving he seldom conceptualises his arrival.  Nor does he visualise the downhill trajectory after the initial “great to see you” moments. And it would be plain heresy to anticipate leaving… at … 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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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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Clean Break – Friday Fictioneers, May 2021

It’s a good-natured split; why wouldn’t it be?  They practically grew up together. “You sure you’re okay with the Le Creuset set?” she says, doubtfully.  “If you like I’ll swap it for the slow-cooker.” “I’m good,” he says.  “I’ve more … Continue reading

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The Truth Can Wait – Friday Fictioneers, March 2021

It’s dark and safe here. But these strands are flourishing, encroaching daily… strands of consciousness that must be avoided at all costs. And it’s becoming difficult to move around them. Brushing against one particularly robust strand, she’s swiftly hurtling to … Continue reading

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Waving Goodbye – Friday Fictioneers, February 2020

Sea-mist clung stickily to our clothes and hair, as we trailed after Rose to the shoreline. Once there, our stepmother raised the urn in dramatic fashion and, shrieking “farewell my love,” she cast our father’s ashes to the waves. My … Continue reading

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An Administrative Error – Friday Fictioneers, January 2021

As a medic, Bill couldn’t accept he wasn’t a suitable donor for his son; he’d gone straight into the records for more information. If he and Ellie are still together, and that looks doubtful, it’s only because of the baby… … Continue reading

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The Pile-On – Friday Fictioneers, January 2021

Years of speaking only to the camera have blunted her sensory processing. No one will contradict her, for few survive the witch’s tongue, fashioned over time into a weapon of mass destruction. Submission has become an art form, a group … Continue reading

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