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The Finest Hand

I came the quickest way, across the glaur, when I was called, my heart almost clearing my body in my haste. Too soon, yet. The family is up-stairs, the ceiling weighted by them. I keep where they cannot tell my presence or its dread import. The Bible lies poised here, by guttering candle.  What cruelty: a month past the same Book lay joyous open on this same table. That day, heads canted...

Added 24 Nov 2020 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 163

Editor's Pick Folds

At Bronwig’s bookshop there's a notice on the door, in red capitals: IN LIQUIDATION. It’s devastating. I’d been a customer since I was too small to see more than the top of Mr Bronwig’s head behind the counter. His hair was white, even then; delicate as cotton candy. I didn’t come to Bronwig’s for the books at first. I came for the turtles. When you bought a book, Mr Bronwig would...

Added 06 Sep 2020 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 23 | Avg Score 5 | Views 631 | 22 Comments

Why I Liked a Social Media Post

There was a Facebook post the other day that asked: What object defined your childhood? Loads of comments underneath. Tons of dafties with nothing better to do. Pictures of Space Hoppers, the towers at Ravenscraig imploding, Harry Potter , Tamagotchis, that sort of thing. I only saw all this because my friend had replied:  What about all that white dog shite, eh? And everyone went: white...

Added 29 Jul 2020 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 341 | 1 Comment

The Old Poet With Two Lovers

I'd been sent by my editor to interview a local poet on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday. The poet was a well-known face around town, but was now in a retirement home. "Be sensitive," my editor had said, "if he’s not all there." It turned out that the poet was as sharp as glass. Of course, he was physically frail and sat awkwardly in a wheelchair, but the biggest trouble with him...

Added 23 Jul 2020 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 354 | 6 Comments

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