Stories tagged short-fiction

The Confession

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"I wasn't hungry. I was looking for a taste.”

The Score

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His wallet came out with a little tug. Like his thingy, Cindy thought. His wallet, too, was a fact.

The Disappearances

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When a hole opened in the courtyard, the kids threw pennies down and called it the wishing well. We said, "Someone must have dug it." When the hole opened wider, we said, "Someone must still be digging."

How To Train A Rock

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The first thing one notices about rocks is they are essentially quiet creatures. Adverse to long discourses or extended bouts of conversation, they nevertheless are quite engaged in life.

Kumquat Soda (and video)

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Pam spied her ex-husband, Steve, at a Whole Foods market. He was buying red organic grapes, seedless grapes, the type of grapes that babies choke on.

Doobie Brother

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"Now he was just wearin' his regular clothes, and as I was walkin' in the store I said 'Hey Daddy Lonzo, how you doin'?' We talked for 'bout a minute or two, then I asked him if he knew where I could get myself a fat, left-handed cigarette."

Snow Storm

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"I'm going to go home now, the weather is supposed to start getting worse in an hour. Do you want a ride?"

Crooks and Liars

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"Crooks and liars I say! What does a man have to do to get himself heard around here? How much does he have to spend on a lobster dinner Mrs. Callahan? Or how many drinks do I have to pay for Mr. Sanger?"

Around Town

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The world around him had just woke up - the street lamps dimmed and flickered off, kitchens filled with activity as parents made coffee and children sat in living rooms and stared at Saturday morning cartoons.

Bonfire

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The answer sat right in front of Daniel’s eyes, but they were only in the sixth grade. They hadn’t learned that if they focused a lens in the sunlight it brought forth fire from light.That would be a lesson for another day.

Valentine (Valentine's Day Massacre)

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"What's the matter Daniel, you think you're going to get Hannah to like you? I'd eat dog poop before I'd believe my sister would have anything to do with you."

The Gherkin

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Concerning the procedure, he used the surgical we. "We will remove the excess and the fat cells," he said, "will never bother us again."

Boxcar Blues

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Last night they found his cousin Johnny with a bullet to the back of his noggin on Ezra Church Road. He took the dope from from those Guatemalan boys, so they found him and picked him up and before they shot him they took a baseball bat to him. Just like

Damn Yankees

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The blue uniforms tore the house apart in the search for treasures. They took the big bags of cornmeal, the wagon and all the horses. They even took the dog.

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.