Monthly Archives: September 2016

Friday Fictioneers – Safety In Numbers

ff210916From the shadows at the top of the staircase I could see the fireworks reflecting in the lens of her black spectacles, almost smell the starch on her featureless, grey uniform.

Liberation Day’ they hailed it. Liberated from the now elitist burdens of freedom, choice and democracy.

My sister was too young to understand as they looked out over the city together. But I knew what our mother had done – what all those of newly acquired status had done. It was in that moment that our future fates were formally and fatally entwined: I would have to kill her.

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Friday Fictioneers – Games of Chance

ff140916It was Mike’s last day with Portmans. After 22 years loyal service he and Judie were moving upstate to run a pottery near Montauk.

‘Well, all the best,’ I said, as we clinked glasses at the bar. ‘Won’t you miss the City, the convenience? Anything?’

Mike took a sip of his whisky and smiled. ‘What like the two hour commute? The pollution, the noise?’ he said. ‘You know what, the only thing I’ll really miss is the Thursday night card game at Benny’s.’

We laughed.

I wouldn’t miss Mike, but I sure would miss my Thursday nights with Judie.

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Friday Fictioneers – A Night Out

ff070916My throat was burning. The skin on the back of my hand seemed to shrivel before my weakening eyesight. I had to get home, and I was already running late.

‘Is this the place?’ the taxi driver asked.

I mumbled a response before thrusting a sweaty, crumpled $20 bill into his hands – I didn’t wait for change.

Rushing through the door my father was there waiting.

‘You were told 10pm, son, 10pm!‘

All the clocks in Cinders Antiques chimed their 10th and final chime of the hour in predictable unison.

I looked into the nearest mirror.  I had made it just in time.

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