Flash Fiction

What is Flash Fiction?

A team that loves to create

Flash Fiction is a writing initiative now sweeping the globe. Our Library Aide Sharon learned of it two years ago while traveling with a writer-friend from Australia. On the tour, she spent almost every evening glued to her laptop, completely absorbed in her current Flash Fiction assignment entitled LABYRINTH.  As a retired English teacher, of course she was intrigued and became completely captivated by the concept once she came to understand how it worked.
Since 2015, she have continued to follow her writing group as it produces weekly Flash Fiction stories and every once in a while, Micro Fiction stories. For those who have never encountered this art form, let us explain; essentially writers in a Flash Fiction group are given a one word “jumping-off” point each week and they have until the following week to write a complete story (a beginning, middle, and end) within 500 words.  (A Micro Fiction story allows ONLY 50 words.)
Sharon believes the challenge of Flash Fiction echoes the challenge of writing Haiku, just 17 syllables to capture an entire event! By the way, every single word counts, even the articles, A, AN, THE. Because it allows such a limited word-count, Flash Fiction encourages a level of precision and economy of language that is unparalleled.
As the group leader, it is her hope to  foster the growth of individual writing skills while encouraging participants to explore their talents and share their efforts with others during our weekly sessions.  Once stories are edited and polished, willing participants will be encouraged to publish them on the Little Falls Public Library Website and Facebook Page. And yes, participants will be allowed to publish under a pen name if they so wish. So start thinking up a good one!

Bequeath by Anne Nassar

Word: BEQUEATH Word Count: 471 Bequeath By Anne Nassar He woke up and at first he couldn’t identify the sound that caused his heart to race. After a few seconds, though, he realized that it was his cell phone buzzing. He knew it could be his older daughter, or the nursing home. So he got […]

Soil By Linda Helterline

Week 2 Word: SOIL Word Count 430 Soil By Linda Helterline There is a hole just the right size at the foot of the bird feeder, and just as the two red, fuzzy ears emerge slowly from the soil, the chattering begins. Someone has refilled the tube feeder with lots of big, fat, oily, sunflower […]

Turn By Sharon Collins

Week 5 Word: MAHOGANY Word Count 497 Turn Sharon Collins “To everything, Turn, Turn, Turn, There is a season, Turn, Turn, Turn…” She sings softly as the gantry gathers her into the Minotaur’s lethal embrace. Suspended in the center of the massive machine, Ariadne can no longer see its unblinking red eyes. However, she can […]

The Gift of Life By Janie D

Week 7-GIFT Word Count 497 The Gift of Life By Janie D Phyllis could remember clearly how Happy came into her life. This was when she had been about three years old and had lived in Florida. Phyllis was an only child with pale coloring who had long, brownish hair with ringlets that flowed to […]

The Translucence of Love by G. Ackman

Word: TRANSLUCENCE Word count 495   The Translucence of Love by G. Ackman As the November evening sun sent its shadows lengthening on the walls, Carla sighed and thought back over the day   It had been a good one, actually.  Her son, Alex, had been to see her and he snuck in two things that […]

‘Twas Bequeathed By Claire Robertson

Word:  BEQUEATHED Word Count: 269   ‘Twas Bequeathed By, Claire Robertson   “Where is everyone?”  Frozen Flame asked.  “Out somewhere.” Was the reply.  “Everyone?”  “Mostly.”  They then saw a girl about nine sitting on a rock.  Her hair was snowy white, and her skin almost as pale.  When she turned towards them, they could see […]

The Sky of the Labyrinth By Claire Robertson

Week 1 Word: Labyrinth Word count 203 The Sky of the Labyrinth By Claire Robertson “We go right!” “No! My sources say that left is the safe path!” “Look at it! There are trip wires everywhere! Look right! Nothing! It’s completely clear!” “It leads somewhere dangerous, I know it!” “So what! If there is danger […]

Horsing Around the Labyrinth By L. Helterline

Week 1 Word: LABYRINTH Word Count 427 Horsing Around the Labyrinth L. Helterline It was a beautiful day, with a bright blue sky. Of course that meant that the deer flies were hungry, and horses’ ears were perfect for a meal. Mom had warned me that in order to be thought of as a very […]

Not a Parody By Claire Robertson

Word: PARODY Word Count: 340 Not a Parody By, Claire Robertson They came out of space above a large island.  “That’s Neverland,” said Frozen Flame said.  “And over there is where we live.  The Forever Children, I mean.  We are trying to negotiate a peace treaty with the Lost Boys.  They live on Neverland.”  She […]

Previous Fears By Claire Robertson

Word: PREVIOUSLY Word Count: 457   Previous Fears By, Claire Robertson   As they walked on, they came to a tunnel carved into the rock that was so narrow that they would have to go single-file.  There was a warning sign outside it.  It read, “Warning!  You’re off the map now!  Watch out for your […]

The Girl With Mahogany Hair By Claire Robertson

Week 5 Word: MAHOGANY Word count 350 The Girl With Mahogany Hair By, Claire Robertson She observed. Standing in the doorway, the maid watched her mistress, dreading what she had to do. “Your father wishes for your presence, highness.” “What are you waiting for? Take me to him!” Saphria sighed and escorted princess Jade to […]

One Summer Evening by Nan Ressue

Week 6 Word: AVERSION Word Count 500+ ONE SUMMER EVENING NAN RESSUE “Good morning! Acme Real Estate. Can I help you?” “I certainly hope you can,” said a young voice. Our family is losing our house through a medical bankruptcy and we are desperate to find a cheaper place.” After an intense round of telephone […]

Harmony By Sharon Collins

Word: TRANSFORM/BEQUEATH Word Count 197   Harmony By Sharon Collins   Cuddled in the soft elbow of a shallow stream, the graveyard of St. Just-in-Roseland lies summer lush and full of lark-song. Within its chapel’s ancient walls, a hive of lovelies, the ladies of the Altar Society, dress her for a weekend wedding. Evergreen garlands […]

Labyrinth Planet WC By Michael S. Jones

Week 1 Word: LABYRINTH Word Count 495 Labyrinth Planet WC By Michael S. Jones Daedalus Base Camp Minos Dispatch 5.12.2219 E.C. Dispatch Three [3] Your last reply is moot. The medical cocktail you suggested was ineffective and caused tremors in all but Petro-Specialist Franklin Rich. When unmedicated most of our circadian rhythms finally adjusted to […]

The Christmas of 1987 By Sally Madison

Week 8 Word: GIFT Words: 451 The Christmas of 1987 Sally Madison It was Christmas. Mom and Dad had come over for breakfast. Since the children were now budding young adults, we had our breakfast before we opened gifts. The anticipation level was low for them, now that they were older. Times were tough, so […]

Smokey’s Labyrinth By Ray S.

Week 1 Word: Labyrinth Word Count 476 Smokey’s Labyrinth Ray S. “I found it!” Shouted Wonder Boy. “I don’t believe it, called out Big Brother, as he navigated his way through the aisles of memories that accumulated in the garage. “Let’s have a look.” Wonder Boy placed the Bible on a workbench. “The first names […]

The Bane of Moving Day By Maggie Robertson

Week 3: Bane Word Count 492 The Bane of Moving Day Maggie Robertson The memories weave through my head as I confront the dark recesses of the basement. No light is bright enough to ease my nervousness. I’m sure they’re lurking in here, and every shadow flicker alerts my radar. I’m trying to remain calm, […]

A Masquerade of Fiction By Maggie Robertson

Week 15:  Masquerade Word Count: 220   A Masquerade of Fiction By Maggie Robertson   So here we are in Flash Fiction Where we can all practice our diction With one word a week Some stories are bleak Labyrinth was our predilection   Then came Soil and Bane Stories of spiders insane Before long we […]

The Soil of the Labyrinth By Claire Robertson

Week 2 Word: SOIL Word Count 299 The Soil of the Labyrinth By, Claire Robertson As they fell, Magnus realized that the ground had gotten more transparent as it floated higher. Well, that explained the whole cloud thing. They did not hit the ground as expected, but rather fell through it into a tunnel. “Ow!” […]

Heartwood By B.A. Sarvey

Week 5 Word: MAHOGANY Word Count 500 Heartwood by B.A. Sarvey I began my life deep in a Brazilian forest. My toes clove into rich humus, feeding me, while I grew tall and straight and strong. My glossy leaves fed the very air, breathing in what they needed, breathing out what they did not. Then […]

Previously, He Was A Poet By Maggie Robertson

Week 8 Word: PREVIOUSLY Word Count: 445 Previously, He Was A Poet Maggie Robertson Perched on the edge of the cliffs high above the valley floor, he wondered, how had it come to this? Visions of past lives filtered through his memory, and he wasn’t so sure anymore that humanity had come very far at […]

OVER RUN By Nan Ressue

Week 3 Word:BANE Word Count 452 OVER RUN Nan Ressue It’s the little things in life that can make you crazy. Let me explain. When we lived in the country with our young and expanding family, we were gradually enmeshed in a friendship with Dan and Janice, newlyweds with limited means who usually stopped by […]

The New Recruit By Sally Madison

Week 6 Word: AVERSION Words: 500+ The New Recruit Sally Madison Having been turned away from the gate at the Navy base, Linda makes her way to the café near by. The waitress looks Linda up and down, guessing what Linda’s story is and asks, “What can I get you?” “Cherry Coke, please,” Linda replies […]

Harry’s Bane By G. Ackman

Week 3 Word: BANE Word Count 498 Harry’s Bane by G. Ackman Hi. My name is Harry. Sometimes it is “Hurry up Harry” or “Come on Harry.” I don’t move very fast, I know. I just don’t see the point in rushing through life. If you go too quickly, you miss so many wonderful things […]

The Sacred Soil of the Argyle Gargoyle By Maggie Robertson

Maggie Robertson Week 2: Soil Word Count 497 The Sacred Soil of the Argyle Gargoyle Sarah was eager with anticipation in spite of herself. She was at that age between child-like enthrallment and adolescence-fueled embarrassment with her family. Today was the day for the family’s spring ritual. Her father, Kyle, was doing the first tilling […]

Hemorrhagic Horticulture By Maggie Robertson

Word:  HEMORRHAGIC Word Count: 470   Hemorrhagic Horticulture By Maggie Robertson   Susanna got an idea.  Gazing out the car window on a rare trip, she spotted an old bed frame in someone’s yard.  At first she thought it was junk carelessly tossed out the door, but then she spotted the flowers and it clicked. […]

Leaving Mahogany Beach By G. Ackman

Leaving Mahogany Beach By G. Ackman 496 words Sarah settled back into her seat, untouched book on her lap, ipod and headphones in the seat pocket. For a while she watched the frenzied passengers finding seats, stuffing too-large suitcases into the overhead bins, and squirming around to get comfortable. She glanced at the man sitting […]

The Circle of Transformation by G. Ackman

Word: TRANSFORM Word Count 405   The Circle of Transformation by G. Ackman They sauntered peacefully along the water’s edge, enjoying the quiet beauty surrounding them.  The sun had already begun its nightly dressing for bed, donning a robe of brilliant orange and yellow, streaked with red.  She wasn’t really searching the sand when she […]

Missing Link By Sharon Collins

Week 11/12 Words: Hemorrhagic/Translucence Word Count 356 Missing Link By Sharon Collins Back dropped by a sky full of diamonds, an adolescent female Australopithecus afarensis cowers high amid the green translucence magically conjured by a full Ethiopian moon. The serene beauty belies the furious hammering of her half-human heart. Never in her twelve years has […]

Into the Labyrinth By Sharon Collins

Week 1 Word: Labyrinth Word Count 482 Into the Labyrinth Sharon Collins Another new hospital, she has not found all the stairwells yet. Claustrophobia barely under control, Ariadne presses B-3, Nuclear Medicine. Unexpectedly the rear doors opens, not the front; she is already lost. “Too bad I don’t have a spool of silk like my […]

Rock-A-Bye By Nan Ressue

Week 5 Word: MAHOGANY Word Count 182 ROCK-A-BYE NAN RESSUE All living things are blessed with a life force which produces a halo of light around their body. Known as the aura, it is infused with colors which reveal the owner’s character, health, and mood. This truth was told to me by my Cherokee friend […]

Labyrinth of Love By Janie D

Labyrinth of Love By Janie D Week 1 LABYRINTH Part 2 of Saga Word Count 410 Little did she know that the chance meeting with him would be that meeting that would change her life forever. He had brought out a spark in her that she did not even know she had. She now dressed […]

Confounded By Sharon Collins

Week 4 Word: FOUND Word Count 317 Confounded By Sharon Collins The beekeeper’s boy bolted for the riverbank spurred on by the buzz of the emptying hive of angry honeybees. Scrambling through brambles, he drew in an enormous gulp of air and dove deep, as more than a dozen bees made good their stinging threat. […]

The Morning After By Janie D

Week 11 HEMORRHAGIC Saga part 4 Word count 496 Introduction: A young woman had met a guy who she thought what her soul mate. At first she enjoyed the excitement she experienced with him. She even felt good about herself and learned she was capable of many things…..For a while. Then one night he had […]

Did You Know…? By Sally Madison

Word: YES Words: 490 Did You Know…? By Sally Madison     Millicent was strolling down the lane, enjoying the sunshine warmth, but she felt a cool breeze when not protected by the woods to the right. The fields stretched out to the left, to a beautiful view of the valley.  She had taken off […]

Meeting Mr. Morgan By Sally Madison

  Word: translucence Words: 488   Meeting Mr. Morgan By Sally Madison   Sarah’s heart quickened as she saw him come into the room, where she was talking with her sister.  The white silk and lace fan fluttered. She had seen him before and knew a little about him. Mr. Morgan was an investor and […]

The Second Bane By Claire Robertson

Week 3 Word: BANE Word Count 278 The Second Bane By Claire Robertson As they walked down the tunnel, Syria scoffed “Wow, soooo many dangers here.” She was right, they had passed no dangers, and though would never admit it, that scared both of them more then if there had been traps. Just when they […]

Conundrum By Sharon Collins

Week 6 Word: AVERSION Word Count 483 Conundrum By Sharon Collins “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.” Emerson said that. I don’t know if it’s brilliant or bonkers, but his simple statement has been the motto of my adult life. Having embraced Ralph Waldo’s sage advice, I actively pursue […]

Song of Soil and Stone By Sharon Collins

Week 2 Word Soil Word Count 491 Song of Soil and Stone Sharon Collins August sun freckling her nose, she plays in the garden, hat and gloves cast aside. The soil is singing to her today. It has sung to her since that day in France so many years ago. She has heard many hundred […]

The Little Match Girl By Frank Sutliff

Week 8 Word: GIFT Word Count 499 The Little Match Girl By Frank Sutliff The book by Hans Christian Andersen was tattered and showed all of the signs of age, much as the old man did. As he sat day after day in the nursing home, rarely leaving his room, he reflected on his life […]

Transform by Anne Nassar

Word: TRANSFORM Word Count 450 Transform By Anne Nassar   Tessa never talked about her past. Whenever he asked her questions, she would shake her head and look at him reproachfully. One day, after they’d been married for two years, she told him that she needed to go “home”.  He asked her what she meant […]

Mahogany By Anne Nassar

Week 5 Word: MAHOGANY Word Count Mahogany By Anne Nassar He took his violin case down from its hiding place. Heart pounding, he opened the case and looked at the violin. It looked just as it used to; mahogany with umber stripes of variant widths. He knew every stripe. It wanted to be played. He […]

Deceptions of Translucence By B.A. Sarvey

Word: TRANSLUCENCE Word Count 500 Deceptions of Translucence By B.A. Sarvey Howard watched the translucent objects floating to the ground. He wasn’t sure what they were. They looked like gigantic jellyfish. Perhaps they had come to colonize the river–missing their mark, landing in the big field, instead. The field was littered with well over a […]

The Soil of a Different Garden By G. Ackman

Week 2 Word: SOIL Word Count 497 The Soil of a Different Garden by G. Ackman The shotgun kicked hard on her shoulder and she could already feel the bruise she would have tomorrow, a purple badge to her ability to load and fire the 12 gauge in the space of time it took the […]

Soul By Jane Malin

Week 10 Word: SOUL Word Count 451 Soul By Jane Malin The bass was all she could hear pounding its way through the floor of her little apartment in the French Quarter. The pillow didn’t help, but it made her feel resourceful. He played his soul music incessantly all night. Thump, thump, thump. Occasionally the […]

Aversion By B.A. Sarvey

Week 6 Word: AVERSION Word Count 500 Aversion By B.A. Sarvey Half a lifetime of living with someone leaves a shadow on the psyche that cannot be rubbed out with vinegar and elbow grease. Like a photographic plate image, these shadows are remnants of life. Indelible. Scratch the surface, the perfect picture is marred, but […]

Aversion By Anne Nassar

Week 6 Word Aversion Word Count 273 Aversion By Anne Nassar Upon opening the door to Michelle’s office, she gagged. She’d developed an aversion to the smell of microwave popcorn. Michelle said, Shut the door. Her tone of voice meant that Regina was in trouble. She pushed the door closed and sat down in the […]

Childhood’s Soil Beverly Jones

Word: Soil Word count: 372 Childhood’s Soil Beverly Jones She pressed her forehead and chin against the cold restraints as the specialist peered into her eye. ”Hmm,” he said from behind the excruciatingly bright white light. “You grew up in Indiana, didn’t you?” He rolled his stool back. “Your retina repair looks fine. You have […]

My Dear Sister Margret By Sally Madison

Week 10 Word: SOUL Words: 430 My Dear Sister Margret Sally Madison My dear sister Margret, I was so hoping for a letter from you when we reached Scott’s Bluff, but I will save my hope for Fort Laramie. Now that we are following the North Platte River through the prairie, there is water a […]

A Proposal To Bequeath By Ray Shearer

Word: BEQUEATH Word Count 467 A Proposal To Bequeath By Ray Shearer It was a large house of gray stone, perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. A tall iron fence encompassed the land.   The house belonged to Lenny’s boss, Mr. Decker, the owner of the Admiral Shoe Factory.  Lenny and his fiancee enjoyed walks […]

Harvesting Mahogany WC 294 Mahogany By Michael S. Jones

Week 5 Word: MAHOGANY Word Count 294 Harvesting Mahogany WC 294 Mahogany By Michael S. Jones Five men shot the rapids at Spanish Falls with a familiarity that breeds indifference. On shore they saddled waiting mules, men and beasts swatting insects that still don’t have a name. Monkeys above puffed their throats like bullfrogs and […]

An Aversion to Friends By Claire Robertson

Week 6 Word: AVERSION Word Count 339   An Aversion to Friends By, Claire Robertson Magnus and Minaya walked up the gentle slope and out into a forest.  Minaya suddenly stopped and held a finger to her lips.  She thought-yes, there it was again.  A rustle.  Funny, she thought, last time it was coming from […]

This Story is Not Hemorrhagic by Claire Robertson

Word: HEMORRHAGIC Word Count: 276   This Story is Not Hemorrhagic By, Claire Robertson “You might want to put these on first though.”  Frozen Flame handed them each a black wristband with a sixth of a large silver circle on it.  “What’s this?” Saphria inquired.  “A shield.  You’ll need it.”  They stepped out of the […]

Lydia’s Gift By B.A. Sarvey

Week 8 Word: GIFT Word count 500 Lydia’s Gift By B.A. Sarvey My mahogany companion knows many secrets. It listens to the visions in my head, helps me put them on paper. Writing is the only way I can twist events; change outcomes. Writing lets me reach into painful experiences: a penknife slipping into flesh. […]

Her Aversion By Janie D

Week 6-Aversion Word count 490 Her Aversion By Janie D She was enjoying her walk along the winding path on the warm summer evening, as she often did. The sun had just sunk down below the horizon and there was a soft breeze rustling the leaves all around her. There were insect sounds were chirping […]

Encounter While Fishing By Beverly Jones

Week 5 Word: Mahogany Word Count: 415 Encounter While Fishing Beverly Jones Christopher crept out of the house in the fading grayness that heralded dawn, grabbing his cane fishing pole as he slunk under his mother’s window. He knew he was going to be in big trouble; he was only five and not allowed to […]

Willow Skye’s Eyes

Week 8 Word: PREVIOUSLY Word Count 499 Willow Skye’s Eyes The Mathair, our river, washes out of Abandoned Mountains full of roaring falls and furious rapids. When she reaches the Midlands, she gentles until she meets the Mid-Highlands, or as foreigners say, the High-Midlands. There the Mathair spreads her arms all the way ‘round us. […]

Soul By Zachary Keep

Week 10 Word: SOUL Word Count 498 Soul By Zachary Keep TX3472 had spent the last 40 years contemplating his soul. Standing on three of his twelve whip-like appendages inside the ruined hut, quantum gears within his melon size body ground the question inexorably to dust. No mice scuttled in corners. No insects survived the […]

Found By B.A. Sarvey

Week 4 Word: Found Word Count 498 Found by B.A. Sarvey “They found me,” Rosie gasped. “Gol-darn-it!” All that effort wasted. Bah! Broken tail light my foot, she thought. They knew. That’s why he pulled her over. And now he was swaggering back to his cruiser with her license. Well, she wasn’t going to wait […]

Aversion by Miriam Rose Mancuso

Word: AVERSION Word Count: 468 Aversion Miriam Rose Mancuso The aversion I felt for Aden Hushadik is unsustainable. I wish I wasn’t so jealous of him, but he has everything. He had the best clothes, always made the sports teams, and was beloved by everyone. He says one joke, everyone laughs. He is absent for […]

Bane By Janie D

Bane Janie D Now, she was a seemingly rational individual and realized that expelling him from her life was a wise move. Sometimes she managed to ignore his calls for days, occasionally for over a week. Nevertheless, she finally broke down and picked up the phone. It was that ever-present aura, that undeniable magnetic pull, […]

Fertile Soil By B.A. Sarvey

Week 2 Word: SOIL Word Count 499 Fertile Soil By B.A. Sarvey Soiled. Mama hurled the word like a stone. Huddled, half-naked, shivering before the shed, the girl dug fear electrified toes into damp grass. Hauled out by her hair, she tried to robe her shame with her silken locks—Lady Godiva without a horse; the […]

Going Home Sally Madison

Week 11 Word: PARODY Word Count 348 Going Home Sally Madison Lindsey had applied at several schools, but she wanted Los Angles. Otis School of Art and design was perfect. The challenge of the classes, the movie industry, the television industry and fantastic weather, she could not have asked for more. But now, having graduated […]

TRANSFORM(ation) by Sally Madison

Word: TRANSFORM(ation) Sally Madison Words: 492   My dear sister Emily, We were relieved to hear that you had made it safely to Scott’s Bluff.  Brother George has sent word, that the chief of the Apaches, Geronimo, has signed a peace agreement. Unfortunately, there are still renegades who need to be rounded up.  George is […]

Walking the Labyrinth By Maggie Robertson

Week 1 Word: Labyrinth Word Count 500 Walking the Labyrinth Maggie Robertson Taking her first steps, the questions come. What is this life all about? Why is she here? What happened to it all? Where did “It” go? Like the steps she takes now, the life steps calculated to take her to a better place […]

The Mahogany Table By Maggie Robertson

Week 5: Mahogany Word Count: 486 The Mahogany Table By Maggie Robertson The wedding gifts were sparse, a few practical items for setting up their first household. It was a lean time for everyone, with so many still out of work, and huge swaths of cropland reduced to dust and cracked clay. The young couple […]

An Unwanted Gift By Claire Robertson

Word: GIFT Word Count: 242   An Unwanted Gift By Claire Robertson   It was another girl.  This one had hair the color of mahogany and deep brown eyes like liquid chocolate.  This one looked about 17 and had no wings.  “Who are you?” Magnus demanded.  “Saphria” the girl said, sounding scared.  “Well Saphria, I’m […]

FALLEN IDYLLS By Michael S. Jones

Week 9 Word: PREVIOUSLY Word Count 243 FALLEN IDYLLS By Michael S. Jones I am First Man among the People, though I am aware of other First Men and other tribes. Each tribe calls itself the People or the Humans. Each city is the Navel of the World. And just because my mind knows the […]

The Masquerade Gown by Sally Madison

Word:  Masquerade Word Count:  417   The Masquerade Gown Sally Madison   The two children were watching from behind the nearly closed door of the parlor, as Elizabeth regally descended the massive oak staircase.  Their faces were struck with awe, but they were surprised.  They thought she would have been delighted to go the masquerade […]

Found By Anne Nassar

Week 4 Word: FOUND Word Count 435 Found Anne Nassar Going through her mother’s papers, Allie found a letter from a doctor’s office. It said that her mother was scheduled for a distal pancreatectomy. Allie was stunned. Her mother had known she was dying. Allie’s stepdad, Dave, was sitting in the kitchen. He had a […]

The Big Break: A Parody by G. Ackman

Word: PARODY Word Count 475 The Big Break: A Parody by G. Ackman “What makes you think you’re the right person for this job?” the man in the perfectly tailored suit asked Edwin Rey, who swallowed against the nausea in his stomach and wiped his sweating hands as discretely as he could on his pants. […]

Stringed Soil By Jane Malin

Week 2 Word: SOIL Word Count 496 Stringed Soil Jane Malin The gardener prepared the soil. Metal rectangles stood like heads atop black bones with three-toed feet confidently hugging the ground. A blanket of silence was receding like snow as he sowed the seeds, placing each on its own rectangle. As if by some invitation, […]

Found By JH Malin

Week 4 Word: FOUND Word count 494 Found JH Malin I weaved my car around the concrete barriers as I entered Ft. Monmoth, NJ, Central Communications Command for the US Army. Its enormous brick arches under which I passed each day never ceased to make my innards quake just a little. I stopped at the […]

Hurtful Aversion By G. Ackman

Week 6 Word: AVERSION Word Count 500 Hurtful Aversion By G. Ackman She sat in the back row, head tilted down, strands of limp, mousy brown hair creating a curtain for her face. She neither spoke nor made eye contact with anyone. The faded sweatshirt she wore told the tale of too many washings, and […]

One Summer Evening By Nan Ressue

Week 6 Word: AVERSION Word Count 500+ ONE SUMMER EVENING NAN RESSUE “Good morning! Acme Real Estate. Can I help you?” “I certainly hope you can,” said a young voice. Our family is losing our house through a medical bankruptcy and we are desperate to find a cheaper place.” After an intense round of telephone […]

Godiva By Nan Ressue

Week 8 Word: GIFT Word Count GODIVA NAN RESSUE “Hi Grandma. It’s Eva,” said a sweet voice on my cell phone. It’s the one, which makes me drop everything with the pleasure of being included in her teenage life. “I need a ride to the beauty parlor after school for a haircut. You know what […]

Eleanor Rigby By Sally Madison

Words: soil, found, labyrinth, bane Word count485 words Eleanor Rigby By Sally Madison She was five foot eight in her younger days, but time has not been good to her. At five foot four she stands in her stocking feet because her shoes do not fit any more. Her apron still has stains of her […]

Previously Skeptical By B.A. Sarvey

Week 9 Word: PREVIOUSLY Word Count 500 Previously Skeptical By B.A. Sarvey “This area here tells me that you must see to believe,” the palm reader had begun. “You are a skeptic. That’s good. One should go through life with a little doubt.” When she mentioned landing a job with White’s, Peter fought the urge […]

Conquering the Labyrinth By Miriam Rose Mancuso

Week 1 Word: Labyrinth Word Count- 305 Conquering the Labyrinth Miriam Rose Mancuso There Kara sat, staring at the unicorn notebook in front of her. The first page read the words “500 words Labyrinth” written in medium red marker. Kara scratched her head. “Hey, Ashlee,” she nudged her best friend who was already working on […]

The Gift of the Century by G. Ackman

Week 8 Word: GIFT Word Count 448 The Gift of the Century by G. Ackman It all started 45 years ago, in Mr. Gray’s fifth grade classroom. Most of my childhood has faded into brief sepia-toned snapshots in my mind, blurred and indistinct, but this moment I remember as if it happened yesterday. Mr. Gray […]

Labyrinth Planet By Michael S. Jones

Week 4 Word: FOUND Word Count 495 Labyrinth Planet By Michael S. Jones Daedalus Minos Dispatch Nine 1.1.2221 Earth Calendar You have never experienced dark. You only think you have. I broke my own rule about solo explorations and then broke my light. Feeling for it I got turned around. I later learned that for […]

Labyrinths By B. A. Sarvey

Week 1 Word: LABYRINTH Word Count 497 Labyrinths B. A. Sarvey Borges had a book by that name. She owned a copy. Bought sight-unseen, it was catalogued, shelved with a myriad of books that might or might not be read in her lifetime, and forgotten. She didn’t know what it was about, knew only that […]

Soil By Zachary Keep

Week 2 Word: SOIL Word Count 500 Soil Zachary Keep “You’re gonna’ die in the dirt, old fool.” The sheriff said it, his growling voice particular to aging officers of the law, when it became clear Tom wouldn’t leave. He was right about the fate of one old man, but he was wrong about the […]

Labyrinth Planet By Michael S. Jones

Week 2 Word: SOIL Word Count 493 Labyrinth Planet By Michael S. Jones Daedalus Base Camp Minos Dispatch 9.14.2219 E.C. Dispatch Six [6] The tunnels are just that. They were dug! Rich is “Blown away.” There were intelligent beings on Minos. But how many “people” were needed to honeycomb this mountain? Does tunnel height indicate […]

To Bequeath or Not to Bequeath by G. Ackman

Word: BEQUEATH Word Count 495 To Bequeath or Not to Bequeath by G. Ackman   Ophelia sat uncomfortably in the red leather chair across the desk from her lawyer.  She adjusted her dress over her knees, then took off her gloves and laid them demurely across her lap.  She sighed audibly.   “Are you sure […]

Mary’s New Desk By Sally Madison

Week 5 Word: Mahogany Words: 494 Mary’s New Desk Sally Madison The first inauguration of the ‘Lord Mayor’ was a special event in the American colonies. The ladies were all in their finest fashions, adorned with jewels which they had brought from London. Their hair was piled high in an unnatural state. They huddled together […]

The Derringer By Sally Madison

Week 9 Word: PREVIOUSLY Words: 484 The Derringer Sally Madison They heard the horses coming down the road. To their ears it sounded like hundreds of them. Riley had warned her if the Yankees should become a threat, she should leave the house and hide. The house could be rebuilt, but his life would be […]

Sophie’s Aversion By Maggie Robertson

Week 6 Word: Aversion Word Count: 494 Sophie’s Aversion Maggie Robertson Aversion! What kind of a mean, sadistic teacher gives a 7-year-old a word like “aversion” for writing a story? Other kids in Sophie’s second grade class got words like “family” and “pet” and “summer.” But Mrs. Hughes assigned Sophie the word “aversion.” Sophie thought […]

Beach Labyrinth By G. Ackman

Week 1 Word: Labyrinth Word Count 498 Beach Labyrinth By G. Ackman   He had it all planned.  A quiet romantic walk on the beach after dinner.  She wouldn’t suspect a thing.  He wasn’t even that nervous, not like you would think.  They had dinner at their favorite Italian restaurant.  It was good – light […]

Masquerade By Miriam Rose Mancuso

Word: MASQUERADE Word Count: Masquerade By Miriam Rose Mancuso   I couldn’t focus on the masquerade-themed story we were reading in class because Baekyun looked just to firkin irresistible. Yeah, he can’t speak English to save his life. Yes, we barely know each other. Yes, I’m aware I’m not so commonly traditionally beautiful to steal […]

WITCH GIFT? By Michael S. Jones

Week 7 Word: GIFT Word Count 325 WITCH GIFT? By Michael S. Jones I do so hate the equinox. Yeah yeah, it’s a holy day and all that. Thousands jostle to see the snake shadow “descend” a big pyramid and witchy wannabes pound drums at Stonehenge. But I’m not religious. Nor am I a white […]

NIGHT SOIL By Nan Ressue

Week 2 Word: SOIL Word Count213 “NIGHT SOIL” Nan Ressue I WAS A FAT CHILD. The kids in school used me as their goat and took every opportunity to bully me as clumsy, poorly dressed, and eating ethnic food in a packed lunch different than everybody else. My classmates used every quirk as a new […]

Finding Sight By Claire Robertson

Week 4 Word: FOUND Word Count 350 Finding Sight By Claire Robertson The panther once again leaped at Minaya, and this time, Magnus couldn’t intercept. The panther hit her, a furry black torpedo, knocking her to the floor. She wrestled with it, finally stabbing it with the knife she kept in her sneaker for occasions […]

From No to Yes by G. Ackman

Word: YES Word Count 498 From No to Yes by G. Ackman “Do you believe?” the costumed tour guide asked. Phil scoffed and mentally said “absolutely not” but kept silent. This “fun” ghost tour had been his wife’s idea. Ten o’clock at night before they board a cruise ship tomorrow and he would rather be […]

Welcome By Linda Helterline

Week 9 Word: PREVIOUSLY Word Count 433 Welcome By Linda Helterline “Previously, on last week’s program,” said the TV announcer. I settled in with my popcorn, my glass of soda, and the remote control. I heard several footsteps racing from the other end of the house and soon Roman, my Corgi not-so-gracefully appeared between the […]

The Meaning of Life By Sharon Collins

Week 10 Word: SOUL Word Count 499 The Meaning of Life By Sharon Collins She was an old soul. Mary Grace was so very old, she look almost new again. Gone were her teeth. Gone was most of her hair. Gone was her ability to feed herself. Her unfocused gray-blue eyes, followed my voice, but […]

Goat’s Bane By Beverly Jones

Week 3 Word: BANE Word Count: 497 Goat’s Bane Beverly Jones Momma stood by the window with Sister beside her. I sat on the floor with a book on my lap. Sitting with a book is a great way to watch people who don’t want to be watched; they think I’m reading and I don’t […]