Stories tagged flash

The Bird: A Snippet

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He’d lost any contact with the last woman he’d attempted a romance with, a nurse from Dublin, who, after a romantic weekend in Moate with him had departed with his kissing her forehead and admonishing her to “look after yourself, now.”


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Heartbeat sped as heart size shrank to a ribcage of hollow bones. The curlew’s cry froze over the open bog and morphed to the trill of the river-bird.

March for Me

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A son packs his bag - bottled water, extra masks, and jerky. Mom paces behind him. “Don't go.”

A Clean Tent

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“No,” he says. A simple lie. “I -” He pushes the sleeping bag off of his legs. Their getaway reset was a mistake.


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Across her chest a tapestry of wires interconnected. Intensive. Care From Old English—to lament. Unit.

Dancing at the Crossroads

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We lined up opposite one another, instructed to stare into the other person's eyes for fifteen seconds. No talking. The debris of loneliness. Eyes welled with tears.

Not Making Heads or Tales

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Something about shadows and last time and driving.


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The trash is full. Again. I open the bathroom trash—because the diaper genie is stuffed—but there’s no room. I try the kitchen next. The lid swings open, catapulting carrot shavings onto the floor. I lay the diaper on the counter for later.

Code 33M at the White Front Store

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“Attention, Shoppers,” the loudspeaker announced. “Yes, it’s that time of the month and Moonlight Madness has officially begun.” The manager of toys came sprinting into the warehouse behind the store. He wa

The Girl with the Ice-Cream Cone

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The girl in the painting with the ice-cream cone looks like Paul’s first love. That’s the real reason he agreed to buy it. In fact, he and his wife always call it: The Girl with the Ice-Cream Cone. He can’t take his eyes off that painting. “He loves h


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He prided himself on being not menacing like a bear.


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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 #7

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This is no time for those of a religious persuasion. No.

It Will Be the Truth

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As the family gathered for cocktail hour

Tying Flies

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He plucks the feathers and winds thread to simulate an insect’s torso.