Stories tagged short-story

The Spear Master

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The line of the water made me think of a playground where I went most summer Saturdays -- the diagonal struts of the swing set, the faded three-point zone arcs of the basketball court, the thick metal crossbars of the jungle gym. I looked out and ocean blue met sky…


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The boy ate, the girl considered it.

Jesus Wept

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When my husband died, I was in bed with his brother. Ricky and I had been married six years, three months and two days when his little brother, Ben, and I gave in to the lust that just would not go away in spite of our prayers and tears.

The Ageing Beaver

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Fourteen down, ‘An ageing beaver reversing, beginning to cough’. Six letters, the fifth letter, ‘e’. he pulled the paper closer, revealing another newspaper under it, opened to its editorial page.


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I first learned of her presence in the biped roll call as I stood in line for lettuce at the sandwich bar. She went first. She had pumpernickel bread on a styrofoam plate. She said, “I'm through,” and handed the thongs to me. I saw her look at my…

Being an Ass on Purpose

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“I can't believe you ate the broccoli!” Martha yelled and pounded a fist on the blue counter, which shook. “Well, what were you saving it for anyway?” Roger replied. Martha was a middle-aged woman with short black hair and brown…

The Insult of Warlord Reishi

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This story is still told in the airports of Texas, how one day the warlords Yatshiro and Reishi boarded flight 293 Austin to Los Angeles.

And We Are Laid To Waste

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August 14 I remember the smell of fresh air. The feeling of clean air in your lungs. I haven't had that feeling in quite some time now. I guess few people have.

My baby

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The nightmares started in the seventh month. I have always been a deep sleeper and one of the things that comes with that facility is an inability to extricate oneself from nightmares.

Forgive me, father

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The future? I can’t see it, my imagination dies out when I try. Because every time I think about becoming a father to a baby girl I remember Kelly Kominsky, and what a merciless shit I was.

The Lonely Snake

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A solitary snake, his belly full, stretched out in the sun. His uncoiling swept sand and small rocks to the left and right. Ah, he thought, I have the power to move mountains from my path. See how the lowly earth makes way for my comfort.


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Why am I attracted to this girl? She’s beautiful. Only five foot four, but still looks skyscraper tall thanks to those skinny greyhound legs of hers. She told me she used to dance, then giggled and said she hadn’t since she was five years old.

The Wind in the Woods

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Ralph Simpson looked as though he wouldn't last through the weekend. His skin, yellowing from the cirrhosis, covered his hands tightly enough so that the veins looked like they would burst from the pressure.


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The man is middle-aged, although not rich, and the girl, aside from being very young, is not exceptionally pretty. But she has recently shed twenty pounds for the express purpose of looking fabulous on…

The Kid Who Knew Something

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Shannon refused to jump from the castle drawbridge to the gigantic truck tire sunk halfway down in the playground quicksand. He just stood there-arms folded across his chest, bony knees sticking out from beneath ratty cutoffs-in silence, looking to Rollie