Stories tagged flash

Mountain Country

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I’ve always missed the mountains, but I didn’t know it until I saw them.

In the Hole

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In the summer of 1995, I found an old photograph of my father and his third wife in a shoebox under my bed. That started the whole thing. I think it was taken around the time I severed ties with him; his new wife had mailed it to me, she…

Slut Whore

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Slut Whore has every Barbie on the market lined up sitting on the windowsill along her bedroom wall, and all their best clothes and accessories.

A Young Girl's Passage

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"There's a dead mouse in the toilet!"

Just leave it and get out.

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The money stank on the table. Money is dirty she said, one of the dirtiest things. So many people touch it. This pile of brine would not explain its reek, only demanded that we accepted its stench as requisite. It had to have been the cash that stank, prior to its arrival…

Dead Crows

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The night my husband became a transvestite, crows started dying. They fell from the sky like black umbrellas, hitting the ground with a thud. A rainstorm of birds. I figured it was a virulent strain of bird flu that drifted into the clouds and killed them


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naturally, the windowless ones are the worst.

Subway Imitator

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The imitator’s segue to his sad life story was, “But what isn’t funny…”

Man Down

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Ceramic. Reflective aluminum. Plastic in varying shades of pastel. A cluster of twenty bowls lined in a tidy row against the far wall of the kitchen. Leo fills each one; he has a system, food (two cups, no more, no less) then water (to the brim), food the

Mister Jones

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The new guy answered to Jones so that’s what we called him...

The Girl in the Storm

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There once was a girl who was lost in a storm. She wandered this way and that, this way and that, trying to find a way home. But the sky was too dark, and the rain too fierce; all the girl did was go in circles. Then, suddenly, there were arms around her

The famous author stepped up to the podium at a book reading and began to read the first page of his novel, which went like this

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The famous author stepped up to the podium at a book reading and began to read the first page of his novel, which went like this:

I Know the Bad News

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And your disease is common, but it is not treatable and it is dirty and quick and it makes the best parts of you hide inside of the deepest parts of you.


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And there it sits. One made-in-Hong-Kong-King-Kong of a ding-dong. An eight inch monstrosity, perfectly and permanently erect. The adage 'eyes bigger than belly' comes to mind, or better yet, 'don't shop when hungry.'

A Conversation Between Bacon and Eggs

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In a hot splattering we were born