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Captured

I hear the shutter click from behind me and flinch. It’s a reflex, I can’t help it. Every time I hear that tell tale sound…

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Raspberry delight

A pelting rain slated Mickey as he waited for the bus and watched the worm. Big droplets splashed and plopped against his raincoat, seeping into…

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The in-between

The cancer ward was on the ground floor and that was a problem. I was about to be checked-in for six weeks of treatment, placing…

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The moult

Knowing every single one of us had to go through it didn’t make it any more pleasant when it actually happened. I’d seen it a…

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Operation two-step

It was Friday at five when the familiar knock on the front door made Sarah smile to herself. Four short raps followed by two strong…

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The locked door

Gemma arrived home just as the red sky marked the end of another winter’s day. Juggling her purse, gym gear and phone in one hand,…

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Baggage claim

I stared at the pre-flight health check questionnaire and tried to swallow the lump in my throat. It was my first time flying since the…

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Grief is not an ocean

Have you ever noticed that when we talk about grief, people will mention the ocean? If you listen carefully, especially when the mourner is reeling,…

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Eclipsed by the Moon

I had to move to the country to make friends with the Moon.  For months, I’d been getting only a glimpse of her, peering shyly…

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Taking the lead

The phone rings at twenty minutes past eight in the morning. It’s a call I’ve been expecting but one I didn’t want to get. With…

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The stone in my pocket

You know the stone I carry around in my pocket? The one that looks like any old boring piece of rock? Small, smooth and round,…

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