Stories tagged flash-fiction

(give me a real moment with a living god and I’ll go all the way)

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I remember, when I was selling real estate, how you could always tell when there'd been a divorce. One room was conspicuously left emptied of its contents, and these rooms were never swept or tidied. Instead they were left just as they were when the par

(mother of the earth)

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On Terry’s eighteenth birthday (the summer of 1966, the same year you graduated from high school, and the year I broke up with Sharon) I took Terry out to Fox River on my dad's ski boat, and opened up my robe and showed her all there was to show of myse

(unstoppable fire)

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First of all, you should know an unstoppable fire made my panties roar for you. Maybe you will come to understand what effect you had on my life, my whole life, I mean. You should know the effect you had on people. Me, and Sharon too, both. And I’m sure

(you were on top of us freely)

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You were on top of us freely, that is all I remember, and we were starry with enjoyment. You turned to beautiful youth because we were so full of life that our skin alone could not contain us. We were burning on all sides for the world. You lifted the c

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb #2

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Three small boys on second hand bicycles fill the air with war cries, their steeds branded and traceable.

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb #3

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to the waters and the wild where the merganser ducks waddle by the pond’s edge, colorful plumage the feathers ruffled by the blast of icy air from the Arctic walruses in limbo, their fatty cells keeping them nourished for the winter.

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb #4

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A skinny dog limps across the ashy field, guzzles mouthfuls of garbage, a bloodied welt on the inside of its leg.

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb #5

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On a dark evening in March there’s a 50/50 chance of an immediate absorption of fission into the bloodstream of certain birds.


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Adultery I took her out to a drive-in movie and we had sex in the back seat of my car. Then went into the concession stand to get something sweet after so much sex, and everyone was in there doing the same thing, you could tell by the flushed lo


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Imagine this: One day you are walking down the street (wearing your protective mask, of course, the cloth one you bought the other day because you liked the color and design) when, by chance, you happen upon a strange sight.


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In one of the cartoons I watched as a child, Popeye the Sailor gives Olive Oyl a bouquet of flowers. She is thrilled, he walks on air, thinking they will marry. His one-eyed heroism is soon challenged by Bluto however, who pours cement into Popeye's bath. It goes…

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb #6

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With reverence - prayers falling on twisted wires, exposed to show the twisted, spiraled core to the inquisitive eye.

Cherry of Menloves

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Miranda laughed. The cream of the retail industry laughed...

Tiny Window

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I remember the living room heater


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When we were young and small we played in the orchard. Mom made apple pies and fried apples, caramel apples and apple sauce, apple cider. Grandma’s apple butter recipe.