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Fat

I remember when The Cars Candy-O came out. I was a little older than the first album. The boys at school, I can see what they would have thought of the cover. It was grown up, with high heels and boobs. It was a year later than their first album, and I was a year […]

Clamdigging

  I blamed the March rain, because I wanted to go to the lake. I looked out the window at the droplets pooling against the glass. I  wanted to see the ducklings in Turtle Bay, but Mum and Dad said the weather was too cold and rainy. It was Spring Break. Back in those days, […]

The Poacher’s Wood – Chapter 1

snowy forest
This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series The Poacher's Wood

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series The Poacher’s Wood CHAPTER ONE Friday, December 19th, six days before Christmas The snow had stopped about two hours before. Renee had finished her walk, and she descended the last bit of the forest trail, like she did about four times a week. She walked […]

The Poacher’s Wood – Chapter 2

snowy forest
This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series The Poacher's Wood

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series The Poacher’s Wood CHAPTER TWO Saturday, December 20th, five days before Christmas The next day Renee got ready, she was going to skip her walk and go straight to the pub. The Arms was only a short walk up from her house, about ten minutes. […]

The Poacher’s Wood – Chapter 3

small moon
This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series The Poacher's Wood

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series The Poacher’s WoodCHAPTER THREE Sunday, December 21st, four days before Christmas Darrell picked her up in his rented car. She argued with him that she should drive because he was the visitor in the area but he wouldn’t have it. It was a clear night. […]

The Poacher’s Wood – Chapter 4

snow surface
This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series The Poacher's Wood

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series The Poacher’s WoodCHAPTER FOUR Monday, December 22nd, three days before Christmas The next afternoon she went by the pub to drop off a copy of Oliver Twist. She plunked the book down on the bar. “Here it is.” “Thanks. I read it years ago but […]

The Poacher’s Wood – Chapter 5

xmas trees
This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series The Poacher's Wood

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series The Poacher’s WoodCHAPTER FIVE Tuesday, December 23rd, two days before Christmas She needed to get a Christmas tree and it was only two days until Christmas. Her car was older, a yellow Volkswagen Polo which wasn’t pretty but it was reliable. It was a second […]

The Poacher’s Wood – Chapter 6

tree presents
This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series The Poacher's Wood

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series The Poacher’s WoodCHAPTER SIX Wednesday, December 24th, Christmas Eve She thought about the dream, which she remembered. The book must have had something to do with the book she had lent to Carol. The nightie and not feeling the cold was strange though. She hadn’t […]

The Poacher’s Wood – Chapter 7

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series The Poacher's Wood

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series The Poacher’s Wood CHAPTER SEVEN Thursday, December 25th, Christmas Day That morning, on Christmas Day, before she got out of bed she noticed a voicemail on her phone. It was a voicemail that she had received from Darrell. He had phoned about one in the […]

The Poacher’s Wood – Chapter 8

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series The Poacher's Wood

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series The Poacher’s WoodCHAPTER EIGHT Friday, December 26th, Boxing Day On the flight it was clear weather. She could look down and see the white quilt that England was. What was normally a green patchwork of fields was all white with stitching of roads, fences, trees […]

The Poacher’s Wood – Chapter 9

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series The Poacher's Wood

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series The Poacher’s WoodCHAPTER NINE Saturday, December 27 The next morning she went for a run along the waterfront and then after she had got back and showered she texted Darrell and said she was going to look around the market and get some brunch. She […]

The Poacher’s Wood – Chapter 10

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series The Poacher's Wood

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series The Poacher’s WoodCHAPTER 10 The Future Her visit in Seattle went so well for the both of them, that Renee returned to the UK to resign from her job and sublet Stockwell Cottage to another walker at the pub. She moved into Darrell’s house in […]

A Maple Leaf (for Remembrance Day)

harbour

It was a town right by the sea and the small white house was right by the sea front, the door opened and there was the road and there was the stone wall and over that you could see the harbor and the boats tied to their docks. There was a smell of salty sea […]

A Ghost Story – Short Fiction

retro record player

She poured herself a glass of port and looked out the windows onto the moors, and the road towards Peak Forest. A mist had moved in and she couldn’t see any moon or stars, and she drew the curtain over the front door and stoked the coal fire. She sat back on the settee to […]