Bob Ford’s Gun

Est. Read Time: 4 min “Does it always rain this much around here?” Jack whined. “Not all the time,” the old-timer said from his rocking chair under the porch. “Usually just when Yankees come to visit. Don’t think God likes Yankees.” “Well, I don’t like Grey Backs...

Welcome to Battersea

Est. Read Time: 2 min Glad I left the Rose and Crown. Gets rowdy after midnight. Only art in that place was on forearms, only religion was on fingers. Everyone dressed the same. Skint. But still 40-quid Fred Perry double-tips, buttoned-up, pinching against 20-quid Harringtons. 60-quid Docs,...

The Last Laugh

Est. Read Time: 1 min The King stared at his son in horror and clutched his chest, his heart beating rapidly. ‘Your cook should have known the difference between blueberries and belladonna.’ the Prince said. ‘I’ve been ingesting a little poison for months, I’ve acquired a tolerance,...

On the Other Side

Est. Read Time: 1 min “They’ll do it because they need us,” huffed Ed Mains, CEO of GreenUp, the largest lawn care products company in the world. Mains was right. He’d gotten every company he acquired over the past decade for a song because they were all...

The Construction Site

Est. Read Time: 1 min Hidden under cover of night when I checked in, the construction site across the road is now in full swing. I lie in my hotel bed, wide awake. Sunlight chiselling at the curtains’ edges. I check the clock. Frown. Get up. Drag...

The Heiress

Est. Read Time: 1 min Inside the funky, non-alcoholic bar, a hub-bub of voices: ‘Do smartphones wreck your love life?’ ‘Would you let your parents choose your date?’ A typical evening with the girls. Courtney craved a Spicy Bloody Mary. Not that alcohol was the answer; or...

The Bee in Waikiki

Est. Read Time: 1 min A boy swats at a buff-tailed bumblebee extending its tongue to a pink petal flower with bursts of honey-lemon in the middle. Pausing underneath, a ladybug, barely clinging to a chewed-on leaf. Furious, the Bee buzzes next to the boy’s ear chasing...

Perfect Love

Est. Read Time: 1 min “Silva”. “Yes, Rameesh”. Beyond beautiful, she sat on a rock near the pond. When his gaze brought her into his vision, he could see the diamond-like glints that the sun forced to dance among the sparkling strands of her golden hair. His...

Lost in the City

Est. Read Time: 2 min Jeannie was usually awoken by nagging hunger. Or by the city’s dawn chorus of gulls squabbling over last night’s take-aways. But this morning was different. A slightly bewildered but earnest robin sitting atop the straggly tree nearby was drawing her gently into...

Sniper

Est. Read Time: 1 min With his hat on backwards, he picks up the rifle, grasping it firmly and planting the butt-end against his shoulder. Beads of perspiration sprout on his forehead as he peers through the scope. He centers the cross hairs directly on the target....

Been Through Too Much

Est. Read Time: 2 min A dog named Daisy lies on a dog bed. The dog bed is comfortable. Much more comfortable than the cold, hard concrete floor Daisy had to sleep on at one time. But, somehow, she can’t fully relax. She has moved too much...

Boat Sound

Est. Read Time: 1 min Living near the spit was a treat in life. It was colder than expected and much noisier. Not just gulls and sea lions but the fishing boats. Motor sounds carry and bounce back. Long-time residents recognized other boat sounds and would ramble...

The Regatta

Est. Read Time: 2 min As a skinny eleven year old I was too young and green to carry the fate and weight of the flashboat team on my narrow shoulders. It was the last race of the regatta, the four man randan. The tide was high...

True Self

Est. Read Time: 1 min People told Sean he would make a good priest, so he entered the seminary. But he realized it wasn’t right for him and left. The same thing happened after he was encouraged by friends to be a doctor, then a journalist. Sean...

Into the Light

Est. Read Time: 1 min Securing the trash cans for pickup is what Evelyn will tell them if discovered. But at dusk, with kitchens bustling and televisions blaring, few people are looking out their back windows. If they do, it’s unlikely they’ll see the shabbily dressed woman...

Going Down

Est. Read Time: 2 min Roger ran to the elevator as the door closed. “Crap, shut out and going down, just like my career.” Seven years an accounts manager, and today, passed over for a fifth time for a supervisor position, Roger was finally questioning his future...

Breakfast for Ghosts

Est. Read Time: 1 min Every morning, a man walks out of our pond and stares in the back door. His skin is bloated and purple. Algae hangs off his hat. At first, Mama fainted. Now we just let him in and save him a seat at...

Fresh Start

Est. Read Time: 1 min The land shook senseless for days before the tremors ceased. All was still but the movement of the sea. The world once heated by the warmth of the sun was left cold, grey and lifeless. We approached with caution the petrified hand,...

Holocaust

Est. Read Time: 1 min One person in six hasn’t heard of the Holocaust, doesn’t know what it is, a planet of smoke and flames. Seventy year ago my relatives didn’t believe it was there, and then they walked through the gate and under the slogan, Arbeit...

If Not for Love

Est. Read Time: 1 min I’m married. Happily married. Except at 2 AM when I’m homicidal. I don’t sleep well anymore. My bladder. My bones. My memories. My husband sleeps like a drunken teen and snores like an asthmatic. I imagine the weight of the memory foam...

Winter

Est. Read Time: 1 min It was always winter in her heart. Even in this torrid country where dogs go mad, locals walk like zombies inert and unsurprised. A dearth of freedoms profound, though. On this day, awash in light, a fantastic bird perched on the gallery...

The Balcony

Est. Read Time: 1 min A most unusual photograph, Mikael remarks. The building, a mass of sandstone bricks tilting diagonally to the right, is almost bereft of life save the appearance of five small digits of a hand gripping on to the inside of a balcony. “Who...

The Museum of Broken Relationships

Est. Read Time: 1 min They met at the Museum of Broken Relationships. “What are you leaving behind?” he asked her. “A cast-iron skillet,” He looked quizzical. “He gave it to me for our first anniversary. So many times, I wanted to smash it over his head....

Marvel

Est. Read Time: 1 min Harriett walked daily along the riverbank, her companion, Marvel, her dog, a golden Labrador. Several happy years later Marvel died, a rescue dog, already eight when she had taken him home to be a part of her life. Now there was a...

You Boys Stop It

Est. Read Time: 2 min Ray’s job and hometown made him feel tired these days, so on one early Saturday morning, he decided to take a long road trip to get away from things and try to clear his mind. So with just himself and his old...

Please Hold

Est. Read Time: 1 min 1:00 p.m.  Lottie’s flash fiction story is nearly complete. But she suddenly loses her internet connection. This can’t be happening she says while she stares at her computer screen, willing it to connect. Poppycock, I still need access to an online database....

Time

Est. Read Time: 1 min Ben looked down at Maisy. She looked so peaceful she could’ve been asleep. “Sir?” The funeral director looked at him. “May we, cover her now?” “Of course. Sarah?” He looked at his ex-wife. “Yes. Do it.” As the top came down, they...

A Wrong Turn

Est. Read Time: 2 min Scientist Doug Lloyd was already late for evening’s dinner invitation. After earning his PhD degree from a prestigious university in California, Doug accepted a job offer from a start-up biotech company located 20 km outside Philadelphia, his hometown. However, as a young...

Delilah’s Skull

Est. Read Time: 2 min When my dad died, I wanted to sell everything, but my brothers said no, take something, so I took Delilah’s Skull. My dad kept cabinets. Mostly at the hospital. Patient parts, he said. For research. Some cabinets contained bones – the odd...

As Dead as if He’d Died

Est. Read Time: 2 min Bill would never forget the accident. Bill was driving home with Stacy, his wife, that night. They’d been arguing about something or other. Stacy started to say something that she said was important. Suddenly, a large SUV came out of nowhere, and...

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