Flash Fiction Archive 2017

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AGONIZED: Agonized By Anne Nassar

Word: AGONIZED Word Count Agonized By Anne Nassar Nana was pregnant. She kept it a secret from her entire family, because she was 51 and did not expect it to end well. She only told her husband and Tessa, her favorite granddaughter, her best girl. When the time arrived Nana sent for Tessa. She was […]

AGONIZED: Agonized By Miriam Rose Mancuso

Word: AGONIZED Word Count Agonized By Miriam Rose Mancuso Julia hadn’t heard any negative reviews about the Weska Motel down by the Thruway so she figured that’d be the place she could stay while her house was being fumigated. Julia drove her ’09 Chevy down the busy road leading up to the Weska. She parked […]

AGONIZED: An Agonized Decision B.A. Sarvey

Word: AGONIZED Word Count 500 An Agonized Decision B.A. Sarvey “You do realize,” Guff said, “the galumpshes must eat some moths. Otherwise, how will they know these mammoths taste terrible? Their pursuit won’t stop. What happens after we’re gone?” Luna sighed. “I have agonized over this. Is it worth sacrificing a few to save many? […]

AGONIZED: Gone but Not Forgotten By Sally Madison

Word: AGONIZED Word Count: 453 Gone but Not Forgotten By Sally Madison The key to the storage unit finally arrived from her mother. Why had Aunt Lydia kept a storage unit in Los Angles? And why would she never have told Mom? As she lifted the overhead door, it squeaked, and cobwebs, dust and stale […]

AGONIZED: Mother of the Bride By Peg Scarano

Word: Agonized Word Count: 492 Mother of the Bride By Peg Scarano I have three daughters. Two are finally married. I say finally because they are both well into their 30’s. This leads me to a little talk about stress. First there is the engagement and that ensuing party. Then you to have to choose […]

AGONIZED: Short and Fast By Nan Ressue

Word: AGONIZED Word Count 485 Short and Fast By Nan Ressue Dad said that my brother and I could choose one special activity during the summer which would be our vacation highlight. Also, it couldn’t be really expensive and had to be less than fifty miles from home. We made a dash for the tree […]

AGONIZED: The Next Chapter By Joann Dickson

Word: AGONIZED 451 Words The Next Chapter By Joann Dickson Emma was ready. Her suitcase was packed and sitting by the door with a few boxes, her personal items that would be going to the assisted living facility with her. Her daughter Elizabeth was upstairs, tidying a few things before they left. That was Elizabeth […]

AGONIZED: The Store Closes By Beverly Jones

Word: AGONIZED Word Count: 498 THE STORE CLOSES By Beverly Jones Frank agonized over the closing of the store. He eased into the rocking chair bracing his arms on the chair’s arms as he lowered himself and arranged his leg. The accident on the railroad had given him the settlement used as down payment on […]

AVERSION: 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 […]

AVERSION: At Breakfast By Beverly Jones

Week 6 Word: Aversion Count: 499 words At Breakfast By Beverly Jones Together Christopher and the creature, holding up the hem of Christopher’s shirt in one hand, scrambled up the creek bank, in search of Brussels sprouts for breakfast. They entered the house through the mudroom. Christopher whispered, “Wait here ’til I tell Mother about […]

AVERSION: 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 […]

AVERSION: 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: 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 […]

AVERSION: 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 […]

AVERSION: 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 […]

AVERSION: 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 […]

AVERSION: 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 […]

AVERSION: 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 […]

AVERSION: 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 […]

AVERSION: 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 […]

AVERSION: 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 […]

BANE: 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, […]

BANE: Bane By Miriam Mancuso

Word: BANE Word Count: Bane By Miriam Mancuso Kendra was tired but she could stay awake long enough to see her little brother’s babysitter Oliver bring young John home. She waited anxiously on the edge of her bed waiting to hear a knock on the door. She already had a perfect plan to stay downstairs […]

BANE: Cure for the Bane of Being Plain By B.A. Sarvey

Week 4 Word: BANE Word Count 494 Cure for the Bane of Being Plain By B.A. Sarvey “Petite” has a connotation of attractiveness. Fairy-like grace. No one ever called Wren petite. Slight, (substitute ‘insignificant’) or small, the “plain” part tactfully left unsaid. Wren’s mother had hoped her child would be like the wren that serenaded […]

BANE: 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 […]

BANE: 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 […]

BANE: Labyrinth Planet By Michael S. Jones

Week 3 Word: BANE Word Count 308 Labyrinth Planet By Michael S. Jones Daedalus Base Camp Minos Dispatch 12.25.2219 E.C. Dispatch Seven [7] No, I have no idea if other mountains have labyrnths. We have established that this side of this mountain has five entrances. For all I know every mole hill has labyrinths. Short-sightedness […]

BANE: 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 […]

BANE: 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, […]

BANE: The Baneful Minding of Peas and Miss Q By Sharon Collins

Week 3 Word: BANE Word Count 493 The Baneful Minding of Peas and Miss Q Sharon Collins Napoleon had Waterloo. I have Miss Q. Five foot nothing tall and square, she may have been the original inspiration for Leggo people. Bowl-cut, black hair, lipstick-less lips, and black, canvas Skips, she rules the lunch-nasium, an echoey […]

BANE: 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 […]

BEQUEATH: ‘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 […]

BEQUEATH: 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 […]

BEQUEATH: 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 […]

BEQUEATH: 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 […]

BEQUEATH: 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 reminiscent of […]

BEQUEATH: I Bequeath To You… by Maggie Robertson

Week 13:  BEQUEATH Word Count: 479   I Bequeath To You… Maggie Robertson “Once Upon A Time…” “Yes, it really does begin like that.  Once upon a time there was a young girl; a girl much like you, My Dear, hopeful and shining bright, with eyes that see past the folly of humanity. This girl […]

BEQUEATH: Life’s Toolbox By B.A. Sarvey

Word: BEQUEATH Word Count 500 words Life’s Toolbox B.A. Sarvey Stephen grasped the tape measure in one hand, the monkey wrench in the other. They were just old tools. He assumed all the tools went to him. Why bequeath these? Breathing in the distinctive odor of WD-40, Stephen pictured him wiping down his tools, arranging […]

BEQUEATH: My Other Mother By Nan Ressue

Word: BEQUEATH Word Count 420 My Other Mother By Nan Ressue Let’s invent the perfect mother-in –law; A person who loves you because her child chose you; a person who taught by example and never gave advice unless it was solicited; someone who shared equally and never forgot your birthday card with the two dollar […]

BEQUEATH: The Jewel Box by Sally Madison

Word: BEQUEATH Words: 498   The Jewel Box Sally Madison   “Did you send for us father?” asked Sarah, as she and her sister entered the massive library.  Slowly and softly he greeted them. “Hello girls, come and sit here by me,” he requested.  They sat stiffly in their starched pinafores, as they were unaccustomed […]

BEQUEATH: The Jewel Box By Sally Madison

Word: BEQUEATH Words: 498 The Jewel Box Sally Madison “Did you send for us father?” asked Sarah, as she and her sister entered the massive library. Slowly and softly he greeted them. “Hello girls, come and sit here by me,” he requested. They sat stiffly in their starched pinafores, as they were unaccustomed to being […]

BEQUEATH: 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 […]

BLESSED: Blessed By Maggie Robertson

Week 18: BLESSED Word Count: 337 Blessed By Maggie Robertson It’s Saturday morning, breakfast time, and my cell phone rings. Normally I don’t answer the phone when making breakfasts for guests, but when I see the name, I answer the call. It is as unusual for Heidi to call on a Saturday morning as it […]

BLESSED: Blessed With a Final Encounter By B.A. Sarvey

Word: BLESSED Word Count 496 Blessed With a Final Encounter B.A. Sarvey It was one of those waking dreams—you think you’re awake, can’t move. Realize you’re still asleep, dreaming of being awake, unable to move. Except he really was awake. He could hear his son’s voice near his head. Didn’t sound right, but it was […]

BLESSED: Musings (The Tale of Willow Skye Cont’d) By Sharon Collins

Word: BLESSED Word Count 451 Musings (The Tale of Willow Skye Cont’d) By Sharon Collins My name is Willow Skye and although I can speak but a single word, that word being, “Yes,” my thoughts are myriad. Neither I nor the Villagers know from whence I come. I know no mother, other than the River […]

BLESSED: The Blessed Child By Sally Madison

Word: BLESSED Word Count: 483 The Blessed Child Sally Madison After the Yankees thought they had rousted all of the hideaways from the root cellar, Miss Mavis’ limp body was carried to her bedroom. Paddy, the mammy, assessed Miss Mavis’s bullet wound to the shoulder, and yelled out the window, “Old Rufus, you get those […]

BLESSED: The Curse of a Blessing By G. Ackman

Word: BLESSED Word Count 499 The Curse of a Blessing by G. Ackman Darian had been blessed (or cursed as he believed) with this ability since his earliest memories. He had been a 5 year old who always knew where his shoes were and a teen who never lost his phone. Those were the positives […]

BLESSED: Together By Peggy Scarano

Word: BLESSED Word Count 416 Together By Peggy Scarano I did not have a name, because in order to have a name, someone has to really care for you. However, I had a friend. We did most things together. We would walk together, play together, sometimes eat and sleep together. We were both pretty lonesome […]

CLANDESTINE: Clandestine By Miriam Rose Mancuso

Word: CLANDESTINE Word Count 356 Clandestine By Miriam Rose Mancuso Julia heard a knock on the door. She collected her emotional self and rolled her eyes. “Come in,” A cart with a tray of food entered her room before Devyn. He was dressed in a fresh uniform and shaved cheeks. Julia lifted herself up onto […]

CLANDESTINE: Pearl of Great Price By Michael Jones

Word: CLANDESTINE Words 497 Pearl of Great Price By Michael Jones I was belly to the bar when my Opposite Number sidled up and ordered vodka. I spoke to my birdbath-sized martini and recited name, rank and serial number. He didn’t laugh. I am an executive at the World Bank in Brussels: a real banker […]

CLANDESTINE: The Affair By Peg Scarano

Word: CLANDESTINE Word Count: 484 The Affair By Peg Scarano We were a family of five. When the girls were little, my husband worked long hours while I stayed home tending to the children. I did work part-time, but only when my husband could be home to watch the girls. I cannot say we struggled […]

CLANDESTINE: Warriors Among Us By Nan Ressue

Word: CLANDESTINE Word Count 500+ Warriors Among Us Nan Ressue My position at Herkimer Home brought me an unexpected bonus. One of our watchmen was a Cherokee who became my friend. Over the years I heard stories about what it was like to grow up on the reservation as well as details about his peak […]

FOUND: Animal Planet By Nan Ressue

Week 4 Word: FOUND Word Count 500+ Nan Ressue ANIMAL PLANET When we found our vacant and waiting country house, I hardly noticed what was across the road. It was another world. Mary and her two adult children operated the family farm directly across the highway from our house where animals were used for diversion […]

FOUND: 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. […]

FOUND: 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 […]

FOUND: 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 […]

FOUND: 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 […]

FOUND: 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 […]

FOUND: Found Treasure By G. Ackman

Word: FOUND Word Count 500 Found Treasure by G. Ackman Hunched over on the swing, Hannah’s hand clenched a dirt-encrusted ring she had found while digging in the garden. The harsh words she had flung at Andrew replayed in her mind. “You just don’t care” she had accused. “Sometimes I hate you” as he stormed […]

FOUND: 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 […]

FOUND: She Found What She Was Looking For By Janie D

Week 4 FOUND Word Count 465 She Found What She Was Looking For By Janie D She was looking for something. Something, but what? This she did not know. Was it excitement and adventure that she had been lacking? Oh, how she wished that she knew. But, she did know that there was an emptiness […]

FOUND: The Found Child By Maggie Robertson

Week 4: Found Word Count: 498 The Found Child By Maggie Robertson The morning woke up to a rainbow-sherbet sunrise; striking beauty delivered with a hint of interesting times ahead. The youth-challenged couple strolled through their garden to forage for breakfast, and there he was, nestled between the pole beans and pumpkin vines, his forest-green […]

GIFT: 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 […]

GIFT: 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 […]

GIFT: 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. […]

GIFT: 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 […]

GIFT: The Gift of Aversion By Linda Helterline

Week 7 Word: Aversion/Gift Word Count 500 The Gift of Aversion By Linda Helterline Cats are weird. Sometimes they are attracted to things that move…but not too fast, and especially if it moves in a jerky, sputtering way. Sometimes they are attracted to things that are new and different. However, if the things are new […]

GIFT: 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 […]

GIFT: 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 […]

GIFT: 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 […]

GIFT: Willow Skye, the Gate-Keeper’s Girl By Sharon Collins

Week 8 Word: GIFT Word Count 496 Willow Skye, the Gate-Keeper’s Girl By Sharon Collins Willow Skye the Gate-Keeper’s girl wasn’t his daughter. Folks ‘round here knew she didn’t belong to him, but we all pretended she did. However, whenever a stranger inquired, he’d growl the truth, “No, Willow Skye don’t belong to no one, […]

GIFT: 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 […]

HEMORRHAGIC: Blood in the Valley By Nan Ressue

Word: HEMORRHAGIC Word Count 492 Blood in the Valley By Nan Ressue Guns were always a part of our family life from the beginning. Dad loved hunting with his whole heart which originated with many happy days in the woods with the men of the family .Bringing down his first deer as a teenager resulted […]

HEMORRHAGIC: Boy Saved During Tornado By Sally Madison

Word: HEMORRHAGIC Word Count: 414 Boy Saved During Tornado By Sally Madison May 29, 1896 Oakville Times: Captain Robert Bowman of the Mississippi Shipping Company, who grew up here in Oakville, saved the life of an unknown child during the recent tornado that devastated St Louis, day before yesterday. Mrs Margaret Bowman reported: I went […]

HEMORRHAGIC: 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. […]

HEMORRHAGIC: 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 […]

HEMORRHAGIC: The Hemorrhagic River of Humanity By G. Ackman

Word: HEMORRHAGIC Word Count 452 The hemorrhagic river of humanity by G. Ackman “Tell us a story, grandfather.” The young ones gathered around to hear the old one speak. He had lived through many winters and was very wise. He began: “Once, many, many moons ago we were strong, much stronger than we are now. […]

HEMORRHAGIC: 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 […]

HEMORRHAGIC: 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 […]

LABYRINTH: 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 […]

LABYRINTH: 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 […]

LABYRINTH: 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 […]

LABYRINTH: 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 […]

LABYRINTH: 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 […]

LABYRINTH: 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 […]

LABYRINTH: 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 […]

LABYRINTH: 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 […]

LABYRINTH: 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 […]

LABYRINTH: The Edge of the World By Beverly Jones

Week 1 Word: Labyrinth, Gift 431 words Beverly Jones THE EDGE OF THE WORLD Miriam walked on the edge of the world. It was a path she trod hundreds of times before. The sand was hot as the sun beat down, pouring honey-colored light over her. Sometimes when the moon rose silver over the waves, […]

LABYRINTH: The Piano Recital By Nan Ressue

Week 1 Word: Labyrinth (of self-doubt) Word Count 317 THE PIANO RECITAL Nan Ressue Mom told me it would happen. I would have to go on the stage by myself and play my piano recital piece. She said it would be fine if I practiced a lot and could play it every time with no […]

LABYRINTH: 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 […]

LABYRINTH: 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 […]

LICK: A Knock at the Door By Sally Madison

Word: LICK Words: 472 A Knock at the Door Sally Madison Hearing a knock at the door of Brother George’s St. Louis home, Margret spoke to Emily, “I’ll get it. Who could it be at this hour? George said that Mavis’s brother should arrive today, but I was expecting him later in the day.” As […]

LICK: A Story At French Lick By G. Ackman

Word: LICK Word Count 494 A Story At French Lick by G. Ackman I am a writer. Most people think that means I make up my characters and manipulate them to do what I want them to do. However, the reality is that, most of the time, I am merely a conduit. My stories write […]

LICK: Lick the Platter Clean By B.A. Sarvey

Word: LICK Word Count 466 Lick the Platter Clean B.A. Sarvey I was loath to leave my homeland. Loath to leave my possessions, my kin, the familiarity of all I had known since first memory. I loathed more my oppressors. Loathed them more than I loved my green hills. Loathed them more than I loved […]

LICK: Seasons By Peg Scarano

Word: Lick Word Count: 499 Seasons Peg Scarano Living in upstate New York allows one to experience the full scope of Mother Nature’s charm. I think this is especially true when we are children. Let’s face it, children get bored easily and are always eager to move on to something new and exciting. Do you […]

LICK: Something Bad By Joann Dickson

Word: LICK Word Count 495 Something Bad By Joann Dickson Something bad is going to happen. I can feel it in my bones. The children have been here all week, talking in hushed tones, walking around the property. And where is Betty? She left the other day and hasn’t come back! I miss her singing […]

LICK: Sticky Licks By Nan Ressue

Word: LICK Word Count: 302 Sticky Licks Nan Ressue Occupations open to young girls used to be pretty limited and could be written down on an abbreviated list; nurse, teacher, secretary, or housewife. My mother was determined that her two daughters would know how to cook when they left home. Junior High Home Economics was […]

MAHOGANY: 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 […]

MAHOGANY: 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 […]

MAHOGANY: 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 […]

MAHOGANY: 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 […]

MAHOGANY: 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 […]

MAHOGANY: 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 […]

MAHOGANY: Mohogany By Miriam Mancuso

Word: MAHOGANY Word Count: 500+ Mohogany By Miriam Mancuso Mohogany Lewis was the only thing standing in my way of academic greatness. She has a 4.0 and so do I. Whoever does best on the final exam will be crowned-er-named valedictorian and the other sad sack will be the forgetful-among-everyone salutarian. I, Keanjula Martinez, am […]

MAHOGANY: 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 […]

MAHOGANY: 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 […]

MAHOGANY: 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 […]

MAHOGANY: 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 […]

MASQUERADE: 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 […]

MASQUERADE: Masquerade By B.A. Sarvey

Word: MASQUERADE Word Count: 500 Masquerade B.A. Sarvey She had been hiding amongst them for days. Initially, she panicked at being left behind. Later, she had allowed her mind to settle, to grasp a solution. Being here was not exactly forbidden. Especially if no one knew. Thus she had slipped in, masquerading as one of […]

MASQUERADE: 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 […]

MASQUERADE: 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 his […]

MASQUERADE: Masquerading as Death By Claire Robertson

Word: MASQUERADE Word Count 323 Masquerading as Death By Claire Robertson There was a stunned silence in the cave. Then there was a noise outside the cave. Annalaya glanced out. “The others are back!” They left the cave to find the Elemental Warriors and a girl about ten with green wings and brown hair. Frozen […]

MASQUERADE: 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 […]

MASQUERADE: Unmasking the Masquerade by G. Ackman

Word: MASQUERADE Word Count 495   Unmasking the Masquerade by G. Ackman   She turned into the little used park, planning to eat her lunch quickly in the car and then head home.  She could still tackle three or four items on her to-do list before everyone came home.  But then something magical and unexpected […]

MASQUERADE: Unmasking the Masquerade By G. Ackman

Word: MASQUERADE Word Count 495 Unmasking the Masquerade by G. Ackman She turned into the little used park, planning to eat her lunch quickly in the car and then head home. She could still tackle three or four items on her to-do list before everyone came home. But then something magical and unexpected happened. The […]

MASQUERADE: Wonder Woman By Nan Ressue

Word: MASQUERADE Word Count 402 WONDER WOMAN By Nan Ressue Mother,” Elizabeth called, as she jumped to her feet and threw the newspaper into the nearest chair. “Did you read that infuriating editorial in this morning’s Gazette? New York has never had a more stupid, narrow minded editor than that man”, she continued, stomping her […]

MOUSTACHE: Absence of Mustache By B.A. Sarvey

Word: MUSTACHE Word Count 500+ Absence of Mustache B.A. Sarvey Folding his wings, Howard stepped backward. “H…hundreds come,” he blurted, breathless. “Landing in the m…meadow.” “So we are well met.” Luna scrutinized her companions. “Together, we will prevail.” “A messenger, a traveler, and a…whatever Howard is…?” “We are each more than we appear,” said Luna. […]

MOUSTACHE: Heartbreak on the Starboard Side By Sally Madison

Word: MUSTACHE Words: 483 Heartbreak on the Starboard Side Sally Madison Sarah in her pale blue hooded cloak was barely visible in the fog as she came from the lee to discuss something very important with her husband. She had been sick, before they ended their vacation for five mornings in a row, and now […]

MOUSTACHE: The Magnificent Moustache By Maggie Robertson

Week 17: MOUSTACHE Word Count: 499 The Magnificent Moustache By Maggie Robertson The moustache tickled Debbie’s nose and she stirred awake. Wait… she had a moustache? Debbie had met Frederick a couple months before. She was attempting to have a few quiet moments to herself over lunch, but he made himself welcome at her table […]

MOUSTACHE: The Mustache that Changed Everything By G. Ackman

Word: MUSTACHE Word Count 472 The Mustache that Changed Everything by G. Ackman Later, all she would remember about the man was his mustache. His lips were moving and he was probably saying real words, but all she saw was that mustache. He needed to trim it, she thought inanely, but then a few of […]

MOUSTACHE: The Return of the Black Bastards By Nan Ressue

Word: MUSTACHE Word Count 438 The Return of the Black Bastards By Nan Ressue It was one of those long, dark, restless nights when every sound you hear is magnified and sleep is nowhere near. The sounds floated up through the open window and were comfortingly familiar; the train whistles down the valley, the tom […]

OCEANIC: Heart and Soul By Peg Scarano

Word: Oceanic Word Count: 508 Heart and Soul By Peg Scarano It was spring of 2001. My oldest daughter, Jenny, informed me she had decided to go to Madagascar for her 2002 J-term at Hartwick College. This is a four week trip 20 biology classmates attend to study the flora and fauna of a unique […]

OCEANIC: Mythology 101 (Ariadne’s Thread Cont’d) By Sharon Collins

Word: OCEANIC Word Count 499 Mythology 101 (Ariadne’s Thread Cont’d) By Sharon Collins Sighing, Ariadne held out the wineglass for a refill. “Ok,” said Dion, “let me start from the beginning. The depth of my family’s devotion to mythology,” indicating the open expanse of the Aegean, “is, to say the least, oceanic. It all started […]

OCEANIC: Ocean Voyage By Joann Dickson

Word: Oceanic Word Count: 431 Ocean Voyage By Joann Dickson What an adventure! A trans-oceanic voyage to start a new life in the States! James and I are so looking forward to settling in with his new position at the firm’s New York City office. New York City! I’ve only heard stories about it, but […]

OCEANIC: Oceanic Angst By Jane Malin

Word: OCEANIC Word Count 451 Oceanic Angst By Jane Malin The wind was unbearable. She grabbed the railing for fear the pier would give way. Rain slit her face like tiny horizontal blades. She was sure the water was washing away the blood. The seagulls had long since disappeared. They had tumbled across the sky […]

OCEANIC: Oceanic By Anne Nassar

Word: OCEANIC Word Count 465 Oceanic By Anne Nassar Both the front door and the back door were locked. “Well, great,” Sophie groused, “What are we going to do now?” She was miffed, because she’d reminded Ella several times that it was late and they ought to be getting home. But Ella was talking to […]

OCEANIC: Oceanic By Miriam Rose Mancuso

Word: OCEANIC Word Count 459 Oceanic By Miriam Rose Mancuso When Julia got to her hotel room, she flopped on the bed, letting her heavy suitcase hit the floor. She took in a large deep sigh. She pulled the chocolate bar out of her stomach and began munching. Vivien kicked. “Not a fan of Twix […]

OCEANIC: Oceanic Entrance By B.A. Sarvey

Word: OCEANIC Word Count 500 Oceanic Entrance B.A. Sarvey “Oh! Uh-oh! No. Uh-oh!” The dam burst without warning, leaving no time to think, only to react. No time to panic. No time to second-guess. No time to run for help. Only the briefest, “Really? This is not what I had planned for today!” edging into […]

OCEANIC: Water World By Nan Ressue

Word: OCEANIC Word Count 502 WATER WORLD By Nan Ressue I am convinced that an account of these extraordinary times must be kept in case mankind survives and the lessons we’re learning can become part of the historical record. We have lived through a sad and angry time on our planet when reason and diplomacy […]

PARODY: Another Day in Parodies By B.A. Sarvey

Word: PARODY Word Count 500 Another Day in Parodies By B.A. Sarvey Leo limped around to the back of his car. He removed what he needed and shuffled to his spot. Years ago, no matter what town he was in, he set up next to the carousel. Gradually, he’d moved away from the crowds, away […]

PARODY: Awakening By Sharon Collins

Week 11 Word: PARODY Word Count 491 Awakening By Sharon Collins Ariadne opened her eyes to the cool caress of the tide tugging at her towel. Eerily, she was all alone. There wasn’t even a seagull sharing Shipwreck Beach…Coming completely and coldly conscious, she realized that it was actually the echoing silence which had awoken […]

PARODY: 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 […]

PARODY: 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 […]

PARODY: Ode to The Donald By Nan Ressue

Word: PARODY Word Count 179 Ode to The Donald By Nan Ressue Trump, trumpet, crumpet, Your chins are doubling upon it. Your belly doth rage, Overflowing its cage, When on your big buns ye do sit. Big Macs everyday are the best Two for you and one for your guest Fish sticks and fries Are […]

PARODY: 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. […]

PILOT: “Recalculating” By Peg Scarano

Word: PILOT Word Count: 502 Word: PILOT Word Count: 502 “Recalculating” By Peg Scarano We all go through it – teenagers learning to drive. “It was the best of times,” because they could start running errands and drive themselves to and from practices. But “It was the worst of times,” because you had to let […]

PILOT: Encore By Sharon Collins

Word: PILOT Word Count 563 Encore By Sharon Collins Every autumn we re-enact a Comedy of Errors before the proscenium arch of our propane fireplace. It really does have a proscenium arch, as it’s what’s called a Bed and Breakfast Unit, and sits high on the wall of our comfortable farm kitchen. After the first […]

PILOT: HEALTH DEPARTMENT WARNS OF INVADING SPECIES By Nan Ressue

Word: PILOT Word Count: 240 HEALTH DEPARTMENT WARNS OF INVADING SPECIES Nan Ressue Good evening Central New York. This is your announcer, Lyle Boseley , reporting from WKTV, Utica, New York with current news of interest to all householders in Central New York. A federal pilot project is underway to study a recently reported invasive […]

PILOT: Pilot By Anne Nassar

Word: PILOT Word Count Pilot By Anne Nassar Ella couldn’t go to school. And so her world was very small, and Tessa was at the center of it. But Tessa was mysterious, alien, unknowable. Ella knew her father. He answered questions. She’d seen the house he was born in, and the church where he was […]

PILOT: Yearning for the Pilot Seat By B.A. Sarvey

Word: PILOT Word Count 499 Yearning for the Pilot Seat B.A. Sarvey The Navigator. A lofty name for what she always considered a loathsome job. She wanted to be the pilot. The one in control. Not the one who found the information the pilot needed. The navigator doesn’t even get to determine where the vehicle […]

PORTFOLIO: Do Unto By Sharon Collins

Word: Portfolio Word Count 494 Do Unto By Sharon Collins The line of interviewees was long, quite long, long enough to be surprising, long enough that she could not see the end of it. Exhaling into the upcoming wait-time, she examined the book she cradled. As she stepped through the entrance, someone had handed her […]

PORTFOLIO: I Don’t Do Math By Peg Scarano

Word: PORTFOLIO Word Count: 486 I Don’t Do Math By Peg Scarano Whoever created the adage, “opposites attract”, truly nailed a bull’s eye as far as my life is concerned. My husband and I are so far apart on the color spectrum, we challenge the concept of black and white! He has always been the […]

POT: Finders Weepers By Michael S. Jones

Word: POT Word Count: 500 FINDERS WEEPERS by Michael S Jones A first-day intern discovered it. Newbies always think they find something “earth-shattering.” I truly enjoyed watching her jouncing towards me with that “eurika” grin. Anna was, as they say, well developed, so at that moment I decided to develop a dalliance. If you praise […]

POT: Homecoming By Joann Dickson

WORD: Pot Word Count 447 Homecoming By Joann Dickson It was the trip of a lifetime. Michael had always promised Maria that they would take a trip to Italy, the land of her ancestors. But between demanding jobs, raising kids and paying college tuition, it had never been the right time. Now the kids were […]

POT: Look for the Rainbow By Nan Ressue

Word: POT Word Count LOOK FOR THE RAINBOW By Nan Ressue My father doesn’t call a family meeting unless it’s serious. “We’re broke,” he announced. “The house is broke, the car is broke, and it isn’t likely that our fairy godmother will show up. Think hard everybody. We need a money making scheme pronto. “ […]

POT: Potluck Lick (The Tale of Willow Skye Cont’d) By Sharon Collins

Word: POT/LICK Word Count 498 Potluck Lick (The Tale of Willow Skye Cont’d) By Sharon Collins In Cook’s Kitchen we are night-shadows, necessary, but not loved. We answer, when it suits us, to our colors. The Kitchen-Cook calls us Black-Cat. We are triplets and because she’s not all that imaginative, we all answer to Black. […]

POT: Potpourri By Peg Scarano

Word: Pot Word Count: 412 Potpourri Peg Scarano There comes a time in a young woman’s life when she has to stop planting weed in her flowerpots for her pipe, pot brownies or pot cookies, and start thinking about planting her real roots in a permanent pot. Perhaps she will become a potter and make […]

POT: Pots and Pots By Beverly Jones

Word: POT/LICK Word count: 487 POTS AND POTS By Beverly Jones Amelia opened the gate just enough for the car to slide through. She crawled back into the pickup, eased it past the post, and jumped out to fasten the gate. She didn’t want to chase the escaping pony Houdini again. She could hear the […]

POT: The Comforting Pot By G. Ackman

Word: POT Word Count 419 The Comforting Pot by G. Ackman Her first waking thought was one that brought a smile to her wrinkled face – “the kids are coming today.” She sprang out of bed as much as her 89 year old body would allow and started on the preparations. By mid-afternoon, the furniture […]

POT: The Speaking Pot By B.A. Sarvey

Word: POT Word Count 500 The Speaking Pot B.A. Sarvey Across the valley dear ones, a girl once lived, who kept her voice in a pot. As a child, Renata was a quiet, polite girl. Yet her mother, always quarrelsome and demanding, chastised her daily for speaking out of turn; too loudly. “One day, goblins […]

POT: Two Young Soldiers By Sally Madison

Word: POT Words: 429 Two Young Soldiers Sally Madison The soldiers had fanned out to search the property and the barn. It appeared that only a few people lived in the household and all of them had been in the root cellar. Peaking out of the root cellar, one little blond boy whispered, “Now’s our […]

PREVIOUSLY: 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 […]

PREVIOUSLY: 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 […]

PREVIOUSLY: Previously By G. Ackman

Word: PREVIOUSLY Word Count 500 Previously By G. Ackman I’m not supposed to be writing this. If they catch me, I will be punished, but sometimes a person just has to do what is right, regardless of the cost. You see, I am being held prisoner. They frighten me and I haven’t been able to […]

PREVIOUSLY: 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 […]

PREVIOUSLY: 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 […]

PREVIOUSLY: 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 […]

PREVIOUSLY: The Previously Forbidden Staircase By Janie D

The Previously Forbidden Staircase By Janie D As soon as I walked through that door I could feel it. I wasn’t sure what it was but it was there. It was a feeling, and I know most would say that I was a little touched in the head. But it was real. There was a […]

PREVIOUSLY: The Storm By Beverly Jones

Week 9 Word: PREVIOUSLY 492 words Beverly Jones THE STORM Lightning exploded behind the clouds massed along the horizon. They were not spears of light so brilliant they left violet afterimages on closed eyelids. Instead, the bolts splayed across the hidden sky, glowing through the clouds, casting a yellow sheen on the countryside. Amy wiggled, […]

PREVIOUSLY: 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 […]

PREVIOUSLY: Willow Skye’s Eyes By Sharon Collins

Week 8 Word: PREVIOUSLY Word Count 499 Willow Skye’s Eyes By Sharon Collins 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 […]

SOIL: 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 […]

SOIL: 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 […]

SOIL: 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 […]

SOIL: 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 […]

SOIL: 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 […]

SOIL: 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 […]

SOIL: 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 […]

SOIL: 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, […]

SOIL: 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 […]

SOIL: 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 […]

SOIL: 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!” […]

SOUL: His Stolen Soul By Janie D

His Stolen Soul By Janie D How long did this go on? She didn’t know but it seemed to go on for a lifetime. Eventually, however it stopped. Maybe she got through to him, maybe he came to his senses, maybe the unknown entity that had taken over his very soul had been evicted by […]

SOUL: 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 […]

SOUL: 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 […]

SOUL: 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 […]

SOUL: Soul Survival By B.A. Sarvey

Week 10 Word: SOUL Word Count 500 Soul Survival By B.A. Sarvey 500 words Truth to tell, this was an ugly quilt. I took a cursory glance at the misaligned strips, subdued hues, mentally registered ‘ugly quilt’, sidled past. I examined a green glass creamer but ‘ugly quilt’ kept creeping into my head, demanding attention. […]

SOUL: 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 […]

SOUL: The Soul of the Monster By Claire Robertson

Word: SOUL Word Count: 388   The Soul of the Monster By, Claire Robertson   The land itself was spectacular, with dense green forests, rushing rivers, their banks dotted with wildflowers, and great snow-capped mountains in the distance.  It was a breath-taking view, but even more amazing were the animals.  They saw a panther running […]

SOUL: THE STONE HOUSE By Beverly Jones

Word: SOUL Word count: 324 THE STONE HOUSE By Beverly Jones The stone noses its way through the desiccated leaves, straining for the sunlight above. Others follow into the life-giving rays. I’ve passed this way before and never noticed the stones. Now they refuse to be ignored. The foundation is in place before the rains […]

SOUL: Triptych of the Soul By G. Ackman

Word: SOUL Word Count 496 Triptych of the Soul by G. Ackman I am the sole survivor of my village. They are all gone, gasping out their last breaths as blood seeped under their darkened skin. The smell of their dying is imprinted in my mouth. I will never drink milk nor eat meat again. […]

TRANSFORM: Almost as Good as New By Nan Ressue

Word: Transform Word Count ALMOST GOOD AS NEW Nan Ressue It was every parent’s nightmare. The baby wasn’t perfect. The sore on her nostril was angry red and cancerous, needing to be removed with the new radium treatments which would burn it off. This innovative treatment was in its experimental stage in 1932 and left […]

TRANSFORM: 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 […]

TRANSFORM: 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 […]

TRANSFORM: The Tools to Transform the World By B.A. Sarvey

Word: TRANSFORM Word Count: 500 The Tools to Transform the World By B.A. Sarvey “Use the machine,” he offered. “It’s quicker.” “Thank you, no.” She had all the tools she needed. “You can go now.” A slight motion of her hand suggested the door. She barely glanced his way as he departed. Alone at last, […]

TRANSFORM: 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 […]

TRANSFORM: Transform the Boys By Ray Shearer

Word: TRANSFORM Word Count 500+   Transform the Boys By Ray Shearer Twelve years old is magical. New priorities come to light, lines are recognized, some are crossed.  July fourth was approaching. The rules were simple: You must be between the ages of ten and twelve; you must build it yourself, You must wear a […]

TRANSFORM: Transform the Boys By Ray Shearer

Word: TRANSFORM Word Count 500+ Transform the Boys By Ray Shearer Twelve years old is magical. New priorities come to light, lines are recognized, some are crossed. July fourth was approaching. The rules were simple: You must be between the ages of ten and twelve; you must build it yourself, You must wear a helmet […]

TRANSFORM: Transform Upon Awakening By Maggie Robertson

Week 14:  Transform Word Count: 497   Transform Upon Awakening By Maggie Robertson   Vivian came downstairs that morning to find someone had scratched “moo” into the fat left in the skillet from cooking hamburgers the night before. “Darn gnomes” she muttered. The gnomes were responsible for all sorts of things.  They hid her tools, […]

TRANSFORM: 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 […]

TRANSFORM: Unforeseen Transformation Warning By Claire Robertson

Word: TRANSFORM Word Count 71 Unforeseen Transformation Warning By, Claire Robertson The Lady of the Labyrinth watched from close by and far away. “Soon,” she murmured. “Soon they will be strong enough. Strong enough to survive the transformation. They don’t suspect anything now, and they never will. They won’t see it coming until the end. […]

TRANSLUCENCE: 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 […]

TRANSLUCENCE: Lying in the Sunshine By Beverly Jones

Word: HEMORRHAGIC/TRANSLUCENT Word Count: 415 LYING IN THE SUNSHINE By Beverly Jones Like patients with hemorrhagic fever, when the mills and factories along the river began to close, the towns leaked workers searching for work in the cities. The proud buildings brooded with doors boarded and windows broken where vandals and rowdy teens had hoisted […]

TRANSLUCENCE: 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 […]

TRANSLUCENCE: Night Shade By Nan Ressue

Word: TRANSLUCENT Word Count 383 NIGHT SHADE Nan Ressue We live in Cookiecutterville. You know what I mean. It’s a town of identical houses in soul draining rows of sameness and the inevitable death of curiosity. This was true except for the house next door on our east side. They never came out of the […]

TRANSLUCENCE: 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 […]

WHISPER: A Surprise By Joann Dickson

Word: WHISPER Word Count 443 A Surprise By Joann Dickson No one knows where Pandora came from – she just showed up in town one day with her two daughters, bought a rundown building on Main Street, and proceeded to fix it up. On the first floor she opened a bookstore called “Pandora’s Books” and […]

WHISPER: Home By Peg Scarano

Word: Whisper Word Count: 471 HOME By Peg Scarano I can’t remember the moment when my life actually began. I only know I wasn’t in my tiny world very long before I started to discover things. At first, it was little things I noticed, like the steady rhythm of a beating drum that never went […]

WHISPER: Of Whispers and Whales By G. Ackman

Word: WHISPER Word Count 474 Of Whispers and Whales by G. Ackman Fourteen year old Herman groaned as his mother woke him up. It was still dark outside and he could barely see her in the doorway, silhouetted against the weak lamplight. Today was the day he had to assume the duties his older brother […]

WHISPER: PPSSSST! By Nan Ressue

Word: WHISPER Word Count 500+ PPSSSST! Nan Ressue “PSSSSST! PSSSSST! Grandma, I’m over here;” whispered my youngest granddaughter from her hideout behind the garage. I slipped quietly through the tall grass so I could better hear her small voice, which was delivering an urgent plea. “Would you help me get Velvet into the house?” This […]

WHISPER: Small Moments By Beverly Jones

Word: WHISPER Word count: 485 SMALL MOMENTS By Beverly Jones The young woman sat on the cold floor tiles of the centuries old cathedral with her back against the pockmarked stucco walls. She was sure she was called by God for something, but she couldn’t discern what that something could possibly be. Listening in the […]

WHISPER: The First Cotillion By Sally Madison

Word: WHISPER Word Count 383 The First Cotillion By Sally Madison The master of ceremonies announced, “Miss Sarah Hogan of Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Arthur Morgan of Charleston, South Carolina. This was Sarah’s first cotillion and she absorbed all the sights, the sounds and the smells. The six gigantic crystal chandlers lit the grand hall as […]

WHISPER: Untitled By Michael S. Jones

Word: WHISPER/AGONY Word Count: 500 Untitled By Michael S. Jones I can’t remember when drafts became whispers. When did heated air bleeding out of chinks in my walls change character. When did seeping air becoming sibilant? Back then I turned toward Jim’s empty chair more than once, biting off some remark he would never hear. […]

WHISPER: Whisper of Wings By B.A. Sarvey

Word: WHISPER Word Count 498 Whisper of Wings By B.A. Sarvey The whisper of hundreds of moth wings washed across the meadow, like words spoken into the darkness. Sensing their desperation, their fear, Luna silenced Guff’s outcry. Arms outstretched, she began to hum, a quiet reverberation. The moths responded. Illuminated by the moon and Howard’s […]

WHISPER: Whispering Waves By Sharon Collins

Word: WHISPER Word Count 500 Whispering Waves By Sharon Collins (Ariadne’s Thread cont’d) Shipwreck Beach, a day-tripping destination, wasn’t on a scheduled ferry route. Private estates clinging to the cliffs high above her were of little help. Acknowledging her abandonment, Ariadne emptied her backpack onto the sand. A water bottle, container of olives, and a […]

YES: Adventures in the Snow White By Nan Ressue

Word: YES Word Count 500+ Adventures in the Snow White Nan Ressue “Since we lived in the country at the top of a steep hill, I immediately began to worry about getting to the hospital in time to deliver my fifth baby due in January. When the first snowflakes began to fall, the frequency and […]

YES: 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 […]

YES: 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 […]

YES: Say Yes By Clare Robertson

Word: YES Word Count 56 Say Yes By Clare Robertson “Did she just get taken by Death?” Magnus asked. “Yes.” “Can we save her?” “Yes, but it cannot be a forever child.” “Can I save her?” “Yes.” “Can we come?” Minaya asked. “Yes.” Magnus realized something. “Are we saying yes too much?” he asked. The […]

YES: Yes By B.A. Sarvey

Word: YES Word Count 500 Yes B.A. Sarvey Her silver locks fell softly, partially obscuring her face. No longer sheltered by her loden green hood, she ought to feel vulnerable. Yet the boy’s presence gentled her. “Guff,” he said, by way of introduction. “Will you come?” “Yes,” she replied, accepting his offered hand. “Luna.” Pulling […]

YES: Yes By Miriam Rose Mancuso

Word: YES Word Count 252 Yes By Miriam Rose Mancuso It has been almost a day and a half since I saw Joe, and I’m so ready to start up a conversation. I love all sorts of British bands so I’m so ready to relate to him. I usually don’t dress up but I decided […]

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