Stories tagged flash


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Quiet. You sit quiet as a mouse in the corner. Push a little doll around and hum la-la-la so they forget you’re there while they have the cocktail hour. That’s how you find out they’re killing Grandma.

The Night We Saw Shehenshah

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‘In terms of relationship, I am your Father – my name is the Emperor’.

Love's Hinterlands

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Sit down at night and stare into the fire. Consider if Cupid is just another liar.

End of the Century

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She’s a blue girl, a girl in blue. In the doldrums and on the dole, or soon to be.


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He had just broken up with her and felt free, yet horny.

Given Away Into This, Albania 2004

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Afrodita was promised this. A mid-level manager on top and inside of her. And her father's face. In the dark.askjhafvhbadfvkjadnffvm bnadfv.kjabdffvnm badvv.hb ad…

The Common Cold

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There was dad sitting at the table, wide awake, reading glasses on nose, pen in hand above a Doppler graph of numbers on paper, one of many now-lost theorems, looking up as his son walked into the room.

Sometimes Always is Born

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There's a child in the office and the child is naked and standing among the desks.


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“Probably a fungus”, his wife said, “perhaps you should wash there more often.”


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Unblinking, her eyes began to glisten.

The Things That Danny Said

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Danny said that you like him now. He smiled like it was the best news that he could give me, but his eyes dared me. …

His Kind of Woman

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Drunk driving the Beemer out to the track with her nestled beside him, feeling lucky...


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He was not supposed to leave handcuffs or a butt plug laying around.

War Bride

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Amid rubble, lovely, desperate Gisela married a paratrooper and sailed to America.

The Darwin Awards

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Peter's first customer of the day was sent through the door marked with a D. He was a man from Detroit who got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing his head through a sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.