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Waiting for the past

“’Ere you are, love! Another coffee?” The waitress plonks the chipped mug down on the cluttered, corner table, spilling liquid in the process. Adam looks at her, expectantly, but she appears oblivious, and simply picks up the old cup and … Continue reading

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Flash fiction – A simple mistake

I grab the phone and snap ‘Hello?’ I have just taken the first mouthful of my supper and am keen to discourage any enthusiastic salesperson wanting to sell me a new gas or broadband contract. I listen. Nothing. I look … Continue reading

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A hundred words – what’s in a name?

“What about Oliver?” suggests Andy. “It’s a nice strong sounding name for a boy, don’t you think?” “It means Olive tree!” says Fiona. “What about Thomas, then?” “He’s not Welsh and he’s not a twin! Thomas means twin.” “Right, how … Continue reading

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In two hundred words – does this sound familiar?

“You always do that! It’s so annoying!” “Do what?” “When I ask you if you want some crisps from the shop, you say no, and then you eat half mine!” “Well, sorreeee! What do you mean by always? When was … Continue reading

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Dylan makes a fresh start – part 8

“Dylan? Dylan, love,” his Mum is saying. “Where am I?” “You fainted at school. Dr McKenzie says you’ve got a stomach bug.” “Where’s the pipe? The pipe I found in the garden yesterday.” The anxiety in Dylan’s voice is unmistakeable. … Continue reading

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Dylan makes a fresh start – part 7

He is gasping for a drink. His head is spinning with images of swords, screaming crowds at Pompeii, and Felix, the gladiator. Where have they all gone? Where am I? He sees his bedroom, and the bunk beds. And then … Continue reading

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Dylan makes a fresh start – part 6

“My name is Lucius Raecius Felix. Welcome to Pompeii. You found a piece of my master’s old pipe in your garden today, Dylan. I gather that you are surprised that the Romans smoked!” “I, I …. wow! You’re a gladiator! … Continue reading

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