Flash Fiction

Thom Mahoney – A Four-Letter Word

A Four-Letter Word When Hillary left, Jenn ran through the living room to the window seat where they had read together while rubbing each other’s feet, where they’d sipped tea and dreamed of tomorrows and all the glorious days after that. She kneeled on the brocade cushion and watched as Hillary bounced down the steps […]

H.E. Saunders – The Devious Nap

The Devious Nap I never intend to set about napping; it catches me off guard, seduces me and pulls me away from consciousness before I can scarce protest. It must be a calm day, or a day when I have too much to do, or a day when I am bored, or really any kind […]

Debra Danz – What She Found

What She Found She found a finger swimming in her split pea soup.  It was fraternizing with the carrots and onions, acting as if it owned the crock it swam in.  She insisted that the finger jump out immediately. When it refused, she bit it, only to realize that it was her own – it […]

Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri – Traces

Traces The moon shines through silver-gray clouds.  My sister huddles beside my bed. “It’s all right.” She wipes my tears. “Life offers something unexpected and surprising underneath the rocks.” I smile, staring at the lights across the hillside. She knew Dad would leave. It’s a pity, the way she gets used to these things. First […]

Joel Netsky – The Gentle Folk

The Gentle Folk I was working in a movie theater as an usher. To the uninitiated, who think that the main vocation of an usher is to keep order – probably as a carry-over from going to movies as a kid – their primary duty is cleaning up: the theaters after the movie, restrooms during […]

Naomi Telushkin – Liar

Liar He tells me he’s been with Lydia, that woman with red hair. She isn’t a petite beauty, Lydia, she’s almost masculine, and it raises some questions in the college circuit—Gay or what? He tells me he’s been with Lydia while we huddle by the bonfire, the big bonfire outside Stables, the nickname for the […]

Ken Schweda – Before All of This

Before All of This What am I now that I was not before all of this? I am God. Do you think you are reading this because you chose to? You are an abject fool. I created this chain of events. I willed you here to this time and place and these words. Do not […]

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