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...

Ready or Not

Est. Read Time: 1 min All is done. In the kitchen the prime rib is “resting” along with the roasted potatoes and carrots. The salad just needs a quick topping with the freshly made Stilton dressing, and the lighter-than-air homemade chocolate mousse is setting nicely in the...

The Quiet Place

Est. Read Time: 4 min We’ve been together for as long as I can remember. The origins of the GHST club may have been a mere façade, but the same cannot be said for its importance to us. We came up with the idea for a fake...

Bloodwork at 341

Est. Read Time: 5 min Here, it reeked something sulphurous of an election day, and none of the big political names meant anything of significance to me.  All I craved after was getting back to the resort and out of the steamy haze of summer sidewalk. My...

Predmeditated Fraud

Est. Read Time: 2 min A deal was a deal. I had accepted it under duress, but it seemed like the easiest way and the end justifies the means – usually… She owed me the money. She admitted it, in writing, but she wanted to insure that...

Pebble

Est. Read Time: 1 min The Holy Man walked barefoot down a path. Suddenly, he felt a flash of pain. He looked down and stuck between his big toe and the one next to it was a pebble. He bent over and saw that the pebble had...

Junk Life

Est. Read Time: 2 min The day labor spot is a decent place to bum a smoke or snatch a half-cigarette off the ground, but it’s not ideal for finding meaningful work. And when it’s five in the morning and you walked two miles to get here,...

River Bottom

Est. Read Time: 2 min She sat on the deep wooden porch in the chair her grandfather had made, and she rocked. The evening clouds, dark in their underbellies, clumped and hurried toward the line of beech trees lining the creek. The insects hummed and the birds...

The Field

Est. Read Time: 1 min Pumpkins fell from the sky, and managed to hit everything but a small girl in the middle of a field. There were no witnesses. In fact, every man driving by could only see a small scarecrow. A scarecrow with a summer dress...

Moby Dick: The Abridged Version

Est. Read Time: 1 min He is above. I am below. He is air. I am water. He is black. I am white. He lives to hunt. I hunt to live. He has steel. I have tooth. He’s drawn my blood. I’ve tasted his flesh. He wants...

Children

Est. Read Time: 1 min This tiny creature is getting larger and harder to feed. She whines out for more of me, cry like a ravaged beast. Sometimes I wonder if she only plays at being small, for I’m certain on my down-low days she could grind...

A Single Cloud

Est. Read Time: 1 min It can’t be that bad, he said. I looked out of the hospital window. A single cloud means something bad, I said. You’ll be fine, he said. He didn’t look convincing I gestured to the tubes sprouting from my arm, the bag...

Bucket List

Est. Read Time: 1 min The narrow piece of paper, tacked to a bulletin board, loomed in the room like an ominous hourglass. Among the many markings of accomplishment upon it, there remained, for the last ten years, only one unadulterated item. When reached by the aging...

She

Est. Read Time: 2 min Midge and Helen sat together at the funeral service. There were two houses between them and that’s about as far apart as anyone ever saw the old spinsters. Midge shuffled uneasily in her seat. “Think she’ll show?”Helen turned to her, “Not a...

Till Death Us Do Part

Est. Read Time: 1 min His dead eyes stared up at her. She covered his face with a rug and checked her gun. One bullet left. Her own fault, but when she saw him, she snapped. Screaming and beating him with a handy golf club was gratifying,...

Olivia

Est. Read Time: 3 min I love her no matter what. I can’t help myself. But I’m starting to have doubts. I met the woman of my dreams sitting at the bar. She shone like a raven-haired diamond in the rough. Had to be Latin blood that...

The Underground Railroad

Est. Read Time: 2 min Mr. Robert Williams, a prominent African-American civilian judge in the High Court in Phoenix, Arizona was returning home after a long day’s work. While driving past the city’s bus station, he noticed a parked green van, its side-windows reinforced by metal bars....

How’s Life?

Est. Read Time: 1 min So, how does life find you? Did you wake up this morning knowing where you were and remembering what you did yesterday? Great. Just great. Yesterday. I know what it was. I don’t know when it was. So what does that make...

7th Floor Slut

Est. Read Time: 4 min The 7th floor slut lived across the hall from me and I didn’t care. At first. I had no interactions with her for the first month of freshman year. Admittedly, I was so nervous I didn’t have many interactions, period. Through the...

An Instance of Emotion

Est. Read Time: 2 min You’re dying. Of a sickness, to be exact. It doesn’t matter which; all that matters is that soon, your life will cease to exist.No one knows exactly when. It could be months, it could be tomorrow. You wish it’ll happen sometime after...

Sea Change

Est. Read Time: 2 min He puts on the linen suit Wendy said would be so classy and perches a Panama hat on his head at a rakish angle. The mirror reflects a picture of sophisticated elegance, except for his expression. He forces his face into a...

Monday Morning At The Office

Est. Read Time: 1 min Jack rolls in, heavy-eyed, the effect of a full weekend, the promised report undone as his “computer crashed.” Yeah, yeah. Flirty Lucy has phoned in ‘sick’ again after an even fuller weekend, I assume. There’s underachieving Barry, worried about his job, clattering...

Appeal

Est. Read Time: 3 min Avoid asking questions that begin with why. These questions sound like, Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die like this? Why did you have to die before me? You aren’t really looking for an answer when you...

To Hold But Not Have

Est. Read Time: 1 min The unannounced plummet of her heart that day in Galway when she saw newlyweds taking a victory lap around the town, dragging tin cans behind their chauffeured car. The sedan was a vintage Buick-looking thing: curvy with chrome details arcing down its...

The Stranger

Est. Read Time: 2 min Life was throwing different problems at her and she had no way of overcoming them. She was increasingly feeling sad and depressed. And the people she had around her were not even able to understand her a wee bit! She felt she...

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