Double Bluff

‘But you promised’‘I know and I’m sorry.’‘Tonight was critical, we discussed it and you promised.’‘Sorry.’‘We’ll miss the chance. You’re not being fair.’Ben puts his phone in his pocket and slips back into the pub.‘Bet she’s pissed off,’ Sandy says as he hands Ben his pint.‘That’s an understatement.’‘You should tell her how you feel? It’s not… Continue reading Double Bluff

The Enlightenment of Elsie

‘We are an onion,’ Marnie said in her soft sing-song way.‘I feel a bit more like a pumpkin,’ Mrs Harris said but Elsie lay on the mat contemplating the tired light fittings and wondering why she’d agreed to join the weight loss meditation group.‘Have you ever thought about meditation Mrs Parkes? Maybe join a group?’… Continue reading The Enlightenment of Elsie


‘I know it’s not what you asked for but I hope you like it.’ Mum’s words echo in my head, I’m 12 today and I desperately try and hide my disappointment. ‘Great, thanks Mum, a bike is ace.’ It’s not ace really but I know I’m lucky to get a present at all this year… Continue reading Freewheeling


Terry sat in his usual seat, tucked away in the corner of the saloon bar in ‘The Main and Tail’, nursing a pint of stout. The sound of the clock echoed in the large empty space, the fireplace bare of flame, the bar bare of customers. Lily was making herself busy tidying behind the bar,… Continue reading CHANGES