Category Archives: Episodes 61-70

#70 – A brewing storm

  Jack lies on the kitchen floor in his red pyjamas, legs and arms flailing, his face a puce, wet, dripping mess. He looks like an overripe tomato. “I want Fergus!” he wails, then hitches in a breath for more … Continue reading

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#69 – This dog’s life takes the biscuit

Fergus looks up at me, then down at his empty dish in the corner of the laundry room, then back at me. I could be imagining it, but I think his lip is curling. “No,” I say to him, as … Continue reading

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#68 – Puppy fat

The paediatrician pinches a wad of baby flesh and plunges her syringe into the right thigh of an unsuspecting George. A couple of seconds of silence while George’s bottom lip sticks out and he fixes me with a reproachful stare. … Continue reading

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#67 – Lights in the rearview mirror

2 a.m., Tuesday, January 1st.  A new day, a New Year, and I’m still awake. Oliver isn’t. He’s lying beside me in our bed, snoring gently, exhausted from all our hard partying on New Year’s Eve. I’m exaggerating, naturally. New … Continue reading

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#66 – The ladies in red

Libby: “You might want to visit the restroom,” I whisper to Melissa. “You’re losing your dress.” I’m not a spiteful person — really, I’m not — but it’s very satisfying to have Oliver looking at me as if I’m a … Continue reading

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#65 – All about a dress

This episode is written from Melissa’s point of view. Scene: A holiday office party at a Golf Club near Woodhaven. Libby and Oliver are already there, and Libby has just seen her nemesis, Melissa, arrive, wearing an identical dress. Melissa: … Continue reading

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#64 – Shades of red (2, not 50)

“Do I look OK?” I ask, fastening the clasp on my necklace, and turning to face Oliver. After a desperate couple of hours yesterday in Macy’s, I’d bought a lipstick red, off-the-shoulder dress to wear to tonight’s torturous party. Now … Continue reading

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#63 – A word from Melissa

Life has a way of sorting itself out. It doesn’t matter what happens, or what kind of bad shit goes down, it’ll all work out in the end. If it’s not worked out, it’s not the end, and the fat … Continue reading

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#62 – Private investigations

It looks much easier in movies. Being a private detective, I mean. If this were a movie, for example. I’d have taken Oliver’s phone with us to the park and, while Jack played nicely on the slide, I’d have scrolled … Continue reading

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#61 – A voice in the dark

Something has woken me. A voice. I lie in bed and stare around the semi-darkness, wondering if an old, lost spirit lingers in the whitewashed walls of this Georgian cottage. I have no idea what time it is; the only … Continue reading

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