Death and Taxes

Est. Read Time: 1 min My sister’s corpse reanimated on a Wednesday. Unwashed and grey, dressed in an amalgamation of clothing different relatives insisted she’d be buried in. I quickly assimilated her into her previous life; reacquired her Taurus, moved her into my spare room, and bought...

Elephants and Dolphins

Est. Read Time: 1 min I suspect that the language of elephants and dolphins is not in need of metaphors. To wit, when I barter for a candy bar I truck telescopic photos of the most distant stars. The brown clerk says he knows all astrologers. Put...

If These Symptoms Persist, or Are Bothersome…

Est. Read Time: 1 min The morning after he started painkillers for his knee, he whinnied while brushing his teeth. He thought he’d stepped on a squeak toy. Then he saw hooves.He navigated downstairs, a tail growing. Cartilage, then hair.In the kitchen, he crunched carrots, read the...

Growth

Est. Read Time: 1 min The piece of bark attached itself to the wall and, no matter how hard anyone pulled, it wouldn’t come off. The next day it doubled in size, and by week’s end its diameter had increased tenfold. Bright green leaves sprouted from the...

Memento Mori

Est. Read Time: 1 min On the front porch, sipping his coffee, Pac-Man remembered a feeling from back when he was a pellet-eater. From back when he died and was brought back to life a thousand times a day. The only moment he ever felt a thing...

The Hungarian Underground

Est. Read Time: 1 min My neighbor Lisa was a retired member of the Hungarian underground. Her husband, a suspendered attorney, decreed they’d leave New York for the sticks. There, he’d command the locals as a gentleman farmer. Lisa mended socks with staples, lobbed dirty dishes out...

Boots

Est. Read Time: 1 min Based on the flies, the cows had been dead for two days. That was what Marcello said. Two days. Like a mantra, over and over. He was shaking, his boots too big for his feet, when Mika convinced us to keep hiking...

Your Own Norma Desmond

Est. Read Time: 1 min From the outside, the house looked like a giant cobweb. Stepping through the front door, you heard the sound of flies buzzing against the windows. The live-in nurse greeted you with the thousand-year-old eyes of a Nile Queen, her fingers imprinted with...

Ocean Alchemy

Est. Read Time: 1 min The moon over Louisiana bayous trick the mind into believing in magic. Mist of morning feels poetic, transformational. The shrimpers were romantic for ocean. Rough men. Hard working men. Their lives off shrimp boats produced a great longing. Florescent Mantis shrimp glowed...

The Tree

Est. Read Time: 1 min A huge tree grew in the garden of his childhood, casting its dark shadow over even his sunnier days. He and his mother had always hated it. When his father died, it was cut down. by Albert Hughes From: Microfiction Monday Magazine...

Sure Thing

Est. Read Time: 1 min “Will I see you again?” I ask. She nods, and smiles a smile that doesn’t quite reach her eyes, those foggy blue eyes obscured by the smoke of a thousand last cigarettes smoked by a thousand Jane Does; eyes that seem covered...

From the Sky

Est. Read Time: 1 min I flick my cigarette and the hot ash is taken by the wind. As I sit on the sun-soaked steel beam, I look down at the birds flying far below my throne. I look out, imagining the building completed. Covered in a...

Please, No More Space-Dog Walkers

Est. Read Time: 2 min For weeks, all I did was listen, my eyes closed. My body grew numb months ago, down to my fingers and toes, unable to recall the last time I saw my phalanges, or my body at that matter. But I wasn’t going...

The Mermaid

Est. Read Time: 1 min She was half-fish, half-human. “A mermaid.” Jack whispered. She wasn’t moving. Could she breathe? “Hey, are you alive? Please be alive.” He grabbed a nearby stick and jabbed it at her. The mermaid coughed and seawater shot out from her mouth. “Are...

Aunt Edna’s Stuffing

Est. Read Time: 1 min Aunt Edna loved the holiday season: the decorations, music and food. Even the crowded shopping brought her joy. She especially liked the family gatherings. So, the family was surprised, but not shocked at her will. It requested she be stuffed and displayed...

Workplace Chat

Est. Read Time: 1 min “What are your plans for the future?” Dr. Madden asked as he sipped his fourth cup of coffee. George shrugged. “Marry a pretty Martian girl and raise a green family.” Dr. Madden laughed before turning to leave. “Extraordinary sense of humor, son....

The Calendar

Est. Read Time: 1 min The calendar featured a scene from some exotic location above each month’s blank grid of days. Nathan dutifully added his work schedule, his son’s soccer games and his daughter’s swim lessons to the grid representing June. Ayers Rock sat above the timetable...

From This Distance

Est. Read Time: 1 min Can you remember now? How we could each disappear completely, connected despite fault lines; subduction zones all our own. Lie protected. Surfaces sliding under failed recognitions as overlying sediments accumulate under pressure transforming into anthracite or other hardened evidence. Reminding me of...

Dumb Luck

Est. Read Time: 2 min Charlie feels unaccomplished, after all, he is 32 years old, and barely situated in his first apartment, but the upside, $750.00 per month. Speaking of upside, he is his parent’s upside, now they can travel more. Charlie has traveled a lot, mostly...

Leaves

Est. Read Time: 2 min The old man comes in from outside and goes into his wife’s sewing room, where she was working on a scarf. “Maggie, I wish you’d let me smoke inside tonight,” he said. “What for?” She asked, not looking at him. “Well…I just...

Kind of Poor

Est. Read Time: 4 min There’s nothing wrong with Snug Harbor. It’s a classy, dignified, and orderly place. The shows start and end right on time. But of all the jazz spots on Frenchmen Street, it’s my least favorite. It’s just a little too orderly. I like...

Leviathan

Est. Read Time: 1 min As the water rose and overwhelmed us, we found that more living things were left in it than we had anticipated. We had poisoned the seas first inadvertently and then deliberately, fearing retribution for our initial error and seeking in place of...

The Pits

Est. Read Time: 1 min He is at the stage when girls his own age have changed shape and turned into something untouchable a long, long way away. They all have laughs that can wound or even kill. He and the friends he doesn’t like very much...

Chorus

Est. Read Time: 1 min Emmaline was still doing her calculus homework when the moon rose. She could hear them in the darkness, crying in the woods that ran, vein-like, through the suburban neighborhood. The popular girls, cavorting in their wolf forms, sang harmonies to the harvest...

Roots

Est. Read Time: 1 min She was a flower once. The hurricane came, ripped her up, tossed her around, and displaced her for miles and miles. She began to follow the wind, here, there, everywhere, and back again. She would pass the other flowers – their feet...

Dancing Turtles

Est. Read Time: 1 min While strolling past a jewelry store, you wonder aloud about the job opportunity in Copenhagen. About bicycling every day to work and learning to love rye bread. I need a change, you say. You deserve a gift, he says and steers you...

Amazing Bike Ride

Est. Read Time: 1 min I’m pedaling through the park, watching ducks, and enjoying the smell of grilled steak, when four cyclists whiz by me. Pissed off by their rude behavior, my rental transforms into an Arabian horse. I kick her into an all out sprint, grab...

New Year’s Resolution

Est. Read Time: 1 min My resolution was decluttering, but it was disingenuous; I’d carried an unofficial obsessiveness diagnosis for years. Christmas was hardest; unlit pine candles and dusty tomtes flanked an artificial tree that lost needles anyway. I rarely read cards upon receipt; too busy whisking...

Mom Didn’t Always Know Best

Est. Read Time: 1 min Before: There’s nothing wrong with you. After: Too bad you got sick. Now you won’t have a perfect attendance record.Before: Don’t expect to dress like other kids, do things like other kids or be like other kids. You’re not like other kids....

The Collage

Est. Read Time: 4 min Sensei Kove filled the west wall of his dojo with photographs of the families of the people he had killed. When he taught, he stood in front of this gallery. This forced us would-be-assassins to practice under their accusing eyes. The sensei...

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