Stories tagged flash-fiction

Introspection

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The piss monster looks for clues of its childhood in the stains it leaves behind on the furniture.

Of Cameramen and Death Squads in Tbilisi

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we share somewhat the same past he was bureau chief of ABC overseas

What He Knows What She Knows What You Know

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next time i come around i want to be a redwood.

No Longer a Man

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Dad says we’re not allowed to wear flip flops, that the tops of our feet will burn. He makes us leave the house in hats, long sleeves.

Reba, Garth, and Dunn

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Mom's mom is a racist. It's okay though, because her mind's shot. “That's what happens when you grow up in Kentucky,” Dad says

Crooning

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It was a lover’s dark. They had been talking for hours when daylight lost interest and had gone elsewhere for sport.

A Moose-Hunter at Heart

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“Emma,” I said, “will you quit staring?” “What about the meatpacker’s hope for his daughter?” I asked “Once you get off the moon, maybe,” she said “Honestly, after so much lamb and schwarma I could go for a good wheelbarrow of broccoli”

Velazquez in the National Gallery

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I visited you later that month, the tubes and lights and charts chronicling your descent. I held your hand in the brightness of that room, amazed by the translucence of your papery skin and the isobaric schema carrying blood here and there.

Window

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Can you write a 250-word story without using the letter "e"? Ruth's back is curving forwards, folding, softly caving into tomorrow.

Squirrels Just Wanna Have Fun

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“Emma,” I said, “will you quit staring? What about the meatpacker’s hope for his daughter?” I asked. “Have you even thought about that?” “Once you get off the moon, maybe,” she said “Honestly, after so much lamb and schwarma I could go for a

Avoid Anything With an Ism

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Communism Capitalism Gism or Gysm, either way Avoid anything with an Ism Catholicism Botulism Socialism Skepticism If its got an Ism in it Avoid it, okay? (Advice for our newborn daughter) Avoidalism is okay Though So you c

Litany of Humility: Age Nine

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We recite a Hail Mary as I lick the cream off his yellowed fingers, the sound of my classmates at play flooding in the open windows of the classroom.

Thumb Pressure

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The key is buried deep in dark soil. The red ribbon attached is a thread of blood leading to the Minotaur's lair and the louvered windows where light filters in and stripes the statue's carved rock.

La Guarida del Pulpo

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The sky ceilinged blue and from so far down I swear I saw fleets of brigantine pelicans traverse the known world. Something about the water confused me.

Her Bones, Porous

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We are airplanes in a take-off queue, waiting for death, for a parent to die and for ourselves to move out onto the runway, reluctant, ready for departure.