Stories tagged flash-fiction

Rodney and Chelsea

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He has a behavior disorder which involves beating people up. He doesn’t know his own strength is what Chelsea’s mom says. He has a bear spirit. He is unruinable.

Ravenous Dumpsters

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The dumpsters kept coming, ravenous in the mornings and gorged on failure in the evenings.


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Da saw dead babies in the soil, blood in the mud.

Nurse Cratchett

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She would occasionally grant a surgical intern sexual congress.


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“Hear that?” asks my wife Amy. Books in hand, we relax on our flagstone patio. A shaft of late-day sun borrows through the maples' leafy canopy and deposits a dazzling, sunlit pool on Amy's lap. …

The Book

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The woman returns from the store with an armload of books. She reads them quickly, one by one, over the course of the next few weeks. But when she opens the last one, the woman frowns in surprise. All the pages in the book are blank. Every single one.

Already Dead

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It was already dead and was hanging from her ceiling.


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If I had a daughter, this it how it would be. It would be all, Stand up straight, missy, shoulders back, no slouching, and she'd be sulky, sullen, pouting, wilful, and I'd see in her eyes, which would be my eyes, that she was starting to hate me, and I'd


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Through the window, I see the police. Lots of them, trampling down the blackberry brambles. Something reeks.

The Telescope

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The man meets a woman while out on his lunch break. She seems nice; they strike up a conversation. Before leaving, the woman gives the man her telephone number. The man goes home and thinks about it. It’s been a long time since he’s been on a date.

Grand Union

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She suggested just moving in together. A lot less constrained by convention she, on occasion, did not wear a bra.

The Cobblestones Will See Me Grow

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Her roommate must not be home because they are naked. They are better looking than us.

Driving Lesson

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Emerging from the doorway, a boy. Looks fourteen, is sixteen. A month-old driver's license is in his right hip pocket, sandwiched between a photo of his girlfriend (looks seventeen, is fifteen, no driver's license yet; coincidentally, she's been his girlf

Queen Isabella Eats a Pineapple and Misses the Jews

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It was Christopher who got her thinking about the Jews again. He had left the same day they did, and so all were connected in her mind, as if together somehow. She read his letters half-wondering if he would mention them, wanting to know if the Jews were


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The day they found Spalding Gray, I was getting a blow job in the middle of Pike Place Market.