Flash Fiction Archive 2018

BRIGHT: A Bright, Shining Star B.A. Sarvey

Word: BRIGHT Word Count 470 A Bright, Shining Star B.A. Sarvey The word “bright” entered her consciousness, as she squinted her eyes open a slit. Immediately, she shut them against the light. It made her eyes hurt. No warm, soothing fluid bathed them to diffuse the brightness into a dim, all-consuming halo of protection. Why […]

BRIGHT: Bright By Anne Nassar

Word: BRIGHT Word Count 473 Bright By Anne Nassar “It’s completely unfair,” his sister said. He kept quiet. He felt the same way, but could not say so. That would just egg her on. “I took care of her for years,” his sister said, “She used to call me in the middle of the night […]

BRIGHT: Bright is Subjective by G. Ackman

Word: BRIGHT Word Count 497 Bright is Subjective by G. Ackman People had always talked about him in low whispers, as if they thought he couldn’t hear or understand their insults, couldn’t feel the bite and sting of their words. He’s not very bright, they would say. Dumb as a box of rocks. In high […]

BRIGHT: Star Light, Star Bright By Sally Madison

Word: BRIGHT Words: 500 Star Light, Star Bright By Sally Madison Mary, seeing the child responding to the doctor’s medicine after setting the arm and leg bones, softly whispered to the little boy. “I see you are awake, my friend. I’m so very glad that you are better. You gave us a good scare. My […]

BRIGHT: The Babysitters By Peg Scarano

Word: Bright Word Count: 487 The Babysitters By Peg Scarano How do you decide your children are old enough or mature enough to baby sit for their younger sibling? At 14 and 10, I believed it was time to put these two to the test with their 5 year-old sister. I had to go to […]

BRIGHT/INUDATE: Yellow-Brights By Sharon Collins

Word: BRIGHT/INUDATE Word Count 50 Yellow-Brights By Sharon Collins Towering waves lashing the cliffside frighten Sister but not me. I know they cannot reach us. I love watching the flashes turn night into day. I love the echoes that boom and bounce off the cave walls. Tonight the storm is more terrible than any I […]

FEED: Big Fish Little Pond By Mike Cecconi

Word: FEED Word Count Big Fish Little Pond By Mike Cecconi Henry David Thoreau wrote about the thrills of splendid isolation in the vastness of his New England wilderness in a cabin a mile-and-a-half from town, where he could walk back to the family home to get his laundry done in forty-five minutes, where he […]

FEED: Crisis Management By Sam McManus

Word: FEED Word Count 500 Crisis Management By Sam McManus It was an absolute frenzy on the fifty-second floor, at the office of Reinhart, Ford, and Waltham, as one by one the men from the IRS exited the elevator, all suits and ties and no nonsense. They descended upon the law firm like buzzards, ready […]

FEED: ESL By Terry Rainey

Word: FEED Word Count 500 ESL By Terry Rainey My story hangs on the classroom wall, on large white paper. In Teacher’s handwriting. I admire it as I walk in. I read it, as I have many times. “My name is Rabu. I am from Thailand. I was born December 16, 1949. I came to […]

FEED: Feed By Anne Nassar

Word: FEED Word Count 503 Feed By Anne Nassar She’d taken him at his word. She believed that they would have a house near her parents’ house, that he would work and she would stay home and raise their children, and that they would have a life that was God-centered. And when she’d said, “For […]

FEED: Feed By Joshua McMullen

4/25/18 – Feed Words – 498 Feed By Joshua McMullen Lucas had admired her from across the room, and his brain along with his eyes immediately began feeding him information: mid-20s, about five-foot-three…unrealistically long ginger hair that spread like a wavy wildfire down her back…and a look that said in big, neon letters, “I DO […]

FEED: Grief By Sharon Collins

Word: FEED Word Count 499 Grief By Sharon Collins My daughters and I feed Yysha of late. Even the honeyed red-fruits do not tempt her. She eats only the long-eared-hoppers that we hunt. She roasts them only to get thin bones for her sewing tools. Ever since the awful night of the mock-battle, she sits […]

FEED: Laurel Doves Chapter 5 By Sharon Collins

Word: FEED Word Count. 499 Laurel Doves Chapter 5 By Sharon Collins Geneviève swam back to consciousness and opened her eyes to see the broad yellow-green leaves of the sacred Laurel above her and hear Père Jean was repeating, ”Je suis dèsolè, ma petite, dèsolè…” as he tenderly tucked her wayward braids back under her […]

FEED: The Hands Wo’t Feed By Sally Madison

Word: FEED Words: 451 The Hands Wo’t Feed By Sally Madison “I got this one!”, came an angry young man’s shout. “I owes them a one or two, and I’ll make sure they get what they deserve”, pushing his way to the front of the crowd. He grabbed Mary’s wrists tightly yanking them away from […]

FRICTION: Flashy Frozen Friction Featuring Fantastic Fantasy By Maggie Robertson

Word: FRICTION Word Count: 440 Flashy Frozen Friction Featuring Fantastic Fantasy By Maggie Robertson The day was bright and sparkly, and bracingly cold. The trees shimmered with Nature’s own decorations. Wind howled bitterly, with each gust raining twig-studded diamonds onto the amalgam of ice and powder that painted the world white. It was April. Spring […]

FRICTION: Friction at Work by B.A. Sarvey

Word:Friction Friction at Work Word count: 499 B.A. Sarvey The friction of his hand sweeping crumbs from the counter whispered a rebuke. Wishing he could as easily brush the episode from his thoughts, he sloshed some coffee into his mug, grabbed the toast, and headed for the terrace. Maybe he could write her out of […]

FRICTION: Laurel Doves Chapter 2 By Sharon Collins

Word: Friction Word Count 499 Laurel Doves Chapter 2 By Sharon Collins Geneviève’s restless mind settled on her youngest traveling companions. Both girls had been waiting under the sacred Laurel Tree on that tragic day. The sprite-like Lisette and the very, very quiet Giselle had each been trained in The Way and were also under […]

FRICTION: Not the Swearing Kind By Sam McManus

Word: FRICTION Word Count 500 Not the Swearing Kind By Sam McManus He had Tourette’s, but not the swearing kind. In fact, if you didn’t know him very well you wouldn’t even suspect he had any issues. If you looked closely, however, you might notice the trembling in his right hand, the clicking of his […]

FRICTION: Simultaneous Organism By Terry Rainey

Word: FRICTION Word Count 499 Simultaneous Organism By Terry Rainey Sister Mary Xavier, Sisters of the SPC (St. Peter in Chains), commanded us to open our science books to chapter 7, Friction. My book had lost its cover and was held together by brown construction paper, softened with frequent handling. It had been in OLPS […]

FRICTION: The Night the Horrors Came By Mike Cecconi

Word: FRICTION Word Count 500 The Night the Horrors Came By Mike Cecconi They ripped one of my arms off, the monsters, and all I could do was stand there, frozen in place, unable to even scream my shock and pain. Loping squishy things, the howling shambling sacs of meat looking on my shattered limb […]

FRICTION: Traitors at the Gate By Sally Madison

Word: FRICTION Words: 484 Traitors at the Gate By Sally Madison Mary stood near the window, peering around the gold fringe of the emerald green velvet draperies that hung on the tall windows in the parlor of the mansion where she and her husband, the Lord Mayor, lived. Her handkerchief turned slowly, as she fingered […]

FUNAMBULIST: Blinking Lights By Mike Cecconi

Word: FUNAMBULIST Word Count 499 Blinking Lights By Mike Cecconi Here we are in the limbo between our flights that we call Layover, neither here nor there but more or less exactly where you’re supposed to be for now. Here we are in San Francisco and yet nowhere near a final destination. We’re in San […]

FUNAMBULIST: Fine Lines By Peg Scarano

Word: Funambulist Word Count: 460 Fine Lines By Peg Scarano There are so many times in one’s life when you have to have to walk that fine line, performing balancing acts more intricate than the finest circus juggler and more skilled than the most gifted funambulist. However, my balancing acts usually involved emotions rather than […]

FUNAMBULIST: Funambulist—a Solo Pursuit By B.A. Sarvey

Word: FUNAMBULIST Word Count 499 Funambulist—a Solo Pursuit By B.A. Sarvey I am a funambulist—not to be confused with a som-nambulist—although I may unwittingly sleep-walk. I once watched a man walk a wire over Niagara Falls. For days after that, I tied a clothesline between two chairs and tried balancing on it. The chairs kept […]

FUNAMBULIST: Funambulist’s Nightmare By Sharon Collins

Word: FUNAMBULIST Word Count 197 Funambulist’s Nightmare By Sharon Collins The dreamscape rises each night with the moon. Stretched taut before me, a twisted cable of glistening steel, a tightrope of denial spans an abyss, an endless, echoing emptiness of abandonment. Behind me, riveted iron gates, a hundred stories tall, shudder against the surging flood […]

FUNAMBULIST: Millie’s Flowers By Sally Madison

Word: FUNAMBULIST Words: 458 Millie’s Flowers By Sally Madison Sandusky, Ohio will be in Millie’s memory for every. It was just another show, just like the previous 10 years of shows. All the people had left, and there, in front of Milliie’s station, was a bouquet of flowers. They were long stemmed white cala lilies […]

FUNAMBULIST: Orthography By Sam McManus

Word: FUNAMBULIST Word Count 500 Orthography By: Sam McManus The uneven sound of my loafers slapping against the floor echoed wildly in my mind as I crossed the expanse of the stage, certain of my impending humiliation. I fiddled with the change in my pocket, as a fidget, as a grounding wire to keep me […]

FUNAMBULIST: The Dreaded F Word by G. Ackman

Word: FUNAMBULIST Word Count 350 The Dreaded F Word by G. Ackman Famous Funambulist Suffers Fatal Fall as Reported by Francis Furloff, Fox Channel Four Last Friday, February the fifth is a day that no one will soon forget. A flood of frenzied fans began gathering at four in the morning, fascinated with Frederick the […]

FUNAMBULIST: The Reluctant Funambulist

Word: FUNAMBULIST Week 46: Word Count: 476 The Reluctant Funambulist By Maggie Robertson I stand on the precipice and eye the single rope that stretches across the valley. This rope is our village’s sole connection to the rest of the world, and our protection from it. Our village cannot be reached any other way, which […]

FUTURE: A Future Trip by G. Ackman

Word: FUTURE Word Count 481 A Future Trip by G. Ackman So this is the future. Odd. It’s much quieter than I had believed it would be. Of course, this could change. So much depends on little actions. I have seen that before, although not often. I have found that humans are pretty predictable, actually. […]

FUTURE: Future By Sharon Collins

Word(s): SINGING/FUTURE Word Count 499 Future By Sharon Collins In the dreaming-dark Sister returns to me. I lean against her for warmth as we sit on the ledge at the cave’s mouth, watching the moon dance on the waves. We are happy and we are playing our favorite game. It is a singing game. At […]

FUTURE: Future Passed By Terry Rainey

Word: FUTURE Word Count 495 Future Passed By Terry Rainey We tidy up nervously before the seven-block trip to our 50th high school reunion. Canastota High School, Class of 1968. What was our daily walk to high school became, in time, our life’s path. Many of our classmates went out to the big world. A […]

FUTURE: Lessons Learned By Peg Scarano

Word: Future Word Count: 460 Lessons Learned By Peg Scarano She wasn’t an easy woman to love. She was tough on her children from childhood throughout their adulthood. She was harsh with her husband much of the time. She was short on patience and understanding. Smiles were rare. I never saw an out-right belly laugh. […]

FUTURE: Qué Sera Sera.. By Sally Madison

Word: FUTURE Word Count : 498 Qué Sera Sera.. By Sally Madison Linda timidly walked into the garage carrying the surfboard Chris had lent her. Chris, spotting her through the tangled mass of multicolored surfboards hanging from the rafters, was relieved to see her and his board return safely. Leaving the group of guys he […]

FUTURE: The Future is Now By Sam McManus

Word: FUTURE Word Count 500 The Future is Now By Sam McManus “The future is now!” read the rolling mega-screens around the Omni Convention Center. The digital signs blinked every few seconds, a singular trap for epileptics trapped on the massive floor of the cavernous space. It was impossible to avoid the mega-screens, though, if […]

FUTURE: Time Marches On By Nan Ressue

Word: FUTURE Word Count 496 Time Marches On By Nan Ressue Warm breezes stirred the leaves on the knurled trees lining the well-worn lane that led down the slope to the ancient house. Two old friends who never tired of each other’s company were sharing the porch that lovely morning, commenting on each other’s theories […]

FUTURE: Time Marches On By Nan Ressue

Word: FUTURE Word Count 483 Time Marches On By Nan Ressue Warm breezes stirred the leaves on the knurled trees lining the well-worn lane that led down the slope to the ancient house. Two old friends who never tired of each other’s company were sharing the porch that lovely morning, commenting on each other’s theories […]

FUTURE: What the Future May Hold By Mike Cecconi

Word: FUTURE Word Count 500 What the Future May Hold By Mike Cecconi My father met a lot of people for a man who never lived anywhere other than Little Falls. Dad possessed more than one lifetime’s worth of stories and he told the hell out of them. He assumed, for example, that there was […]

INUNDATED: Color My World By Nan Ressue

Word: INUNDATED Word Count 460 Color My World By Nan Ressue My world has always inundated with color. From my current vantage point of age, I know that the shade and intensity of my colors were altered as I experienced my lifetime of challenges and rewards. When I was young and struggling through the disturbing […]

INUNDATED: Greater Atlantic Switchboard By Sam McManus

Word: INUNDATED Word Count 500 Greater Atlantic Switchboard By Sam McManus “Greater Atlantic Switchboard, this is Quinn,” proclaimed the slim girl behind the reception desk, headset protruding from her left ear, microphone poised at her lips. “Hi Quinn!” the man on the other end of the line replied, rather loudly. “I’m calling to report otters […]

INUNDATED: He’s Gone By Sally Madison

Word: INUNDATED Words: 460 He’s Gone By Sally Madison “Oh, Mary, “I’m so glad to see you here. You would not believe the councilmen’s meeting today. I was inundated with requests: the constable wants to go home after he has seen that all the tavern-goers are safely home, the teacher wants new slates, the preacher […]

INUNDATED: Her Pen By Peg Scarano

Word: Inundated Word Count: 461 Her Pen By Peg Scarano She had always loved to write. As a teen and young adult she and her pen vented her emotions through writing prose and poetry. Sometimes, her words would meander through pages and pages filled with emotions running the gamut of euphoria to despair. Not only […]

INUNDATED: Inundated by the Day by G. Ackman

Word: INUNDATED Word Count 497 Inundated by the Day by G. Ackman She sat at her desk and stared at the stacks of papers littering its top, each representing a task on her ever-growing “to do” list. She didn’t have enough time to finish any one stack, yet all were clamoring for her attention. Head […]

INUNDATED: Oil Can By Mike Cecconi

Word: INUNDATED Word Count 498 Oil Can By Mike Cecconi What do you do when you find that you’ve been rusted still into place? What will you do when you’ve lost so much of yourself you don’t even know who you are anymore? Piece and by piece replaced, in big chunks and little over days’ […]

NEST: Curiosity By Sally Madison

Word: NEST Words: 491 Curiosity By Sally Madison Early in the day, the beekeeper was tending his hives beyond the garden when he saw a color unusual to the familiar scene. What is that royal-blue color in the distance? He squinted hard, but he could not make it out through the mesh of his face […]

NEST: May 1244 By Sharon Collins

Word: NEST Word Count 499 May 1244 By Sharon Collins The novices were as prickly as their newly shorn heads. The scabs forming on their scalps echoed those on their broken hearts. Isolated in the misery of memory, silent tears welled as six faces searched the failing light. While mourning doves cooed under the eaves, […]

NEST: N.E.S.T. Error Message 616 By Mike Cecconi

Word: NEST Word Count 498 N.E.S.T. Error Message 616 By Mike Cecconi Hello. Welcome to N.E.S.T. Natal Emulation-Simulation Therapy. If you are reading this message or receiving it as auditory stimulus, there has been an interruption in the cycle of your simulation. Do not be alarmed, these interruptions are brief and remedied by a short […]

NEST: Nest Within a Nest B.A. Sarvey

Word: Nest Word Count 500 Nest Within a Nest B.A. Sarvey How effortlessly we nest one life into another, like Russian dolls, each carved carefully to fit together, each a part of a whole, yet each a separate entity. Darlene traced her mirrored reflection, the large doll—seemingly the most detailed. This was the public part […]

NEST: No Regrets By Peg Scarano

Word: Nest Word Count: 458 No Regrets By Peg Scarano It was spring. The foliage was my favorite minty green color mixed in with the fragrances of melting snow and new life while the air rustled with a slight breeze and I heard the chirping of birds happy to be back home. As I was […]

NEST: Susan Timberlake By Terry Rainey

Word: NEST Word Count 495 Susan Timberlake By Terry Rainey I spent most of my eighth grade lunches watching Susan Timberlake eat hers. We kept our meals in cubicles under our desks and we ate at our places. Surrounded by my pals Walter, Johnny, and Herman, I’d nod at their silliness, but I furtively glanced […]

NEST: Wordsmith By Sam McManus

Word: NEST Word Count 500 Wordsmith By Sam McManus I’m what most people would call socially awkward, the kind of guy who can’t see the forest for the trees. Way too many trees. At Loma Linda High, you could say I’m often mistaken for the scenery. I didn’t get stuffed into lockers because most seniors […]

NIMBLE: Denise was nimble; Denise was quick! By Jane Malin

Word: NIMBLE 492 Denise was nimble; Denise was quick! By Jane Malin I spied Denise’s gazelle-like form striding toward me in the Detroit airport. We were meeting there for the second leg of our journey to the client site in Louisville. I just smiled as I took in her 5-foot, 11-inch frame with hip bones […]

NIMBLE: Goodnight Earth By Mike Cecconi

Word: NIMBLE Word Count 499 Goodnight Earth By Mike Cecconi “Gramma,” Jasmine asked, “one more tonight?” “All right,” her grandma pretended to chide but was happy to oblige, “one more then your mom says you must sleep for school tomorrow.” “Oh-kaaay,” the girl responded, propping herself higher with pillows, disappointment directed toward her mother in […]

NIMBLE: I Don’t Dance (Or Do I?) By Josh McMullen

May 2 – Nimble Words – 498 I Don’t Dance (Or Do I?) By Josh McMullen “Hi…I’m Brooke,” the strange girl in front of Ethan said, extending her hand. “Would you like to dance? With me, I mean…” He didn’t; at least, he didn’t think he’d make a very good dance partner. Ethan had always […]

NIMBLE: John Bernard By Terry Rainey

Word: NIMBLE Word Count 500 John Bernard By Terry Rainey Friday after lunch, Sister Xavier, SPC, cleared her throat, and called us to attention. “History books. Chapter 12. 1865-1893. America after the Civil War. Mark Twain called it The Gilded Age.” SisterX slightly bowed to Twain’s portrait on the wall. She was the only nun […]

NIMBLE: Laurel Doves By Sharon Collins Chapter 6: Sisters

Word: NIMBLE Word Count 499 Laurel Doves By Sharon Collins Chapter 6: Sisters Walking along late spring byways, bursting with riotous color, the bishop and his little flock continued their dangerous journey. Each evening found them settled at an inn where neither Père Jean’s authority nor bottomless purse were questioned, and the girls had a […]

NIMBLE: Synthesis By Sam McManus

Word: NIMBLE Word Count 500 Synthesis By Sam McManus The artificial lung hung on the wall as it had for 265 days, or as long as Allison had been at her job, give or take a day. It wasn’t there to commemorate her promotion, however. It was there for its own reason that the brass […]

NIMBLE: The Sheppard Boy By Sally Madison

Word: NIMBLE Words: 476 The Sheppard Boy By Sally Madison Kolya watched from high up the hillside, where he and his goats had been living these past few weeks. A caravan of families in brightly colored wagons was passing below. He knew it was not the Turks, but was not sure who they were. Content […]

PHANTOM: Down Draft By Sally Madison

Word: Phantom Words: 476 Down Draft By Sally Madison Eleanor was frozen, awestruck, at the sound and fury coming from the west. Hurricanes were a whisper compared to the huge roaring phantom locomotive that was barreling across the plains. The thirty-foot wake of dirt, gradated from near-black at the ground to a tan in the […]

PHANTOM: Grounded By Mike Cecconi

Word: PHANTOM Word Count 500 Grounded By Mike Cecconi They said it was the most humane way they had to “deal” with us but some days, I’m not so sure. I mean, I’m glad they didn’t kill me. I’m glad I’m not a guinea pig locked up in some laboratory somewhere, I’m glad I’m not […]

PHANTOM: Phantom By Anne Nassar

Word: PHANTOM Word Count 525 Phantom By Anne Nassar He had four days off from school. He felt like an intruder at home, so he decided to go and stay with his sister in her dorm room. He knew that no matter what else she had going on, she would be happy to see him, […]

PHANTOM: Phantom By Nan Ressue

Word: PHANTOM Word Count 493 Phantom By Nan Ressue “STOP IT! STOP IT RIGHT NOW, DAMN IT,” I yelled in my most intimidating voice. “How do you think I am going to sleep if you keep running up and down the stairs?”, addressing my question to thin air with a scowl on my face and […]

PHANTOM: Phantom Shadow By Sharon Collins

Word: Phantom Word Count 499 Phantom Shadow By Sharon Collins I wake sprawled on the ledge and damp with sea-spray. Struggling to stand, I discover I hurt and I think one of my teeth is loose. I probe with my finger. Yes, one of the grinders wiggles and it should not. I touch the throbbing […]

PHANTOM: The Lucky One By Sam McManus

Word: PHANTOM Word Count 500 The Lucky One By Sam McManus Ray rolled over in bed, restless, as he tossed, and turned, and tried to get back to sleep, but nothing seemed to work. The sheep danced above his head in what he could only describe as a tango, not remotely interested in jumping meekly […]

PHANTOM: The Twilight Zone By Peg Scarano

Word: Phantom Word Count: 498 The Twilight Zone By Peg Scarano When a first newborn arrives home, the life of the young family is forever changed. This fact cannot be fully comprehended until it happens. There are no words to explain it or any mental, physical and emotional preparation program. You just have to live […]

PLAYING: “FISH STORY” By Nan Ressue

Word: PLAYING Word Count 338 “FISH STORY” By Nan Ressue Their private lake was that luscious, smooth, sheet of turquoise, beautiful calm waters with a kiss of warm sunshine. It was a perfect day for them to be outdoors, enjoying both the shore and its margins, small scale adventure, safe for children. The blue heron […]

PLAYING: Apocalypse By Mike Ceccoini

Word: PLAYING Word Count 500 Apocalypse By Mike Ceccoini When the zombies finally arrived, it turned out the movies got a few things right and a lot more wrong. Yes, zombies are the animated dead and yes, they crave the flesh of the living but beyond that, as with most things Hollywood, all the nuance […]

PLAYING: Changes By Sharon Collins

Word: Playing Word Count 487 Changes By Sharon Collins The cool air has been with us now for all the faces of the moon and Yysha must store food for the time of the Long-Dark. We left our cave with the sunrise and now the sun is high. We have taken Pine and Frost away […]

PLAYING: Diary By Terry Rainey

Word: PLAYING Word Count 497 Diary By Terry Rainey I look out the kitchen window of wheat farm near Kenosha. In the clearing, my husband of thirty years, John, is playing baseball with our two grandsons, Will and Teddy. It is October 1908. Yet the memory of December 30, 1864, in Clinton, New York overwhelms […]

PLAYING: Just Playing By B.A. Sarvey

Word: Playing Word count: 500 Just Playing B. A. Sarvey He pulled up to the motel, almost hoping she wouldn’t be there. But her car was parked in front of number eight. He parked a couple spaces down. Besides the proprietor’s vehicle, the only other car, in front of seventeen, had out-of-state plates. “Mr. and […]

PLAYING: Lamentations By Sam McManus

Word: Playing Word Count 500 Lamentations By Sam McManus My dad died when I was five, so I don’t have any solid recollections of him. Sometimes I have flashes of work boots, worn and muddied, standing sentinel near the back door. Every once in a while I think I remember his laugh, guttural and deep. […]

PLAYING: Orders By Sally Madison

Word: PLAYING Words: 493 Orders By Sally Madison Chris came crashing into Linda’s apartment exclaiming, “Did you hear it!? Did you hear it!?” He grabbed Murray, the speckled collie, by the fur on the sides for his neck and give him a playful shake, shake, shake, as usual. Lifting her sad eyes from the nursing […]

PLAYING: Playing for Keeps by G. Ackman

Word: PLAYING Word Count 500 Playing for Keeps by G. Ackman Janine’s attention was not on the game. They had been playing it for hours now and it didn’t seem like it was going to end anytime soon. Her backside hurt from sitting so long and she was tired, hungry, and very grumpy. They had […]

PLAYING: The Tales of Tails – Fix It Please! By Peg Scarano

Word: Playing Word Count: 496 The Tales of Tails – Fix It Please! By Peg Scarano After a short trip in my portable prison, I found myself in totally different surroundings. It took me several days to acclimate myself. I spent hours and hours exploring every nook and cranny of this new place to assure […]

RETICENT: Of a Feather By Mike Cecconi

Word: RETICENT Word Count 491 Of a Feather By Mike Cecconi She was reticent to talk about it with her family or her friends but she knew she’d have to break it off with him. They’d met when he was working the bird desk at the biggest pet store in the area and she was […]

RETICENT: Reticent by Nature B.A. Sarvey

Word: Reticent 500 words Reticent by Nature B.A. Sarvey Daylight’s allotted time is lengthening. This is good, because winter’s prolonged darkness encourages my reticence. Given the chance, I would become a hermit, seeing no one, speaking to no one. I am reluctant to leave the comfort of my home at any hour, but more-so once […]

RETICENT: Shy Smiles By Sharon Collins

Word: Reticent Word Count 500 Shy Smiles By Sharon Collins Sister is shy. So am I. It is difficult not to be shy when you look so different from the rest. I think about how different Sister looks from other wolves. In the deep pine-shadows of the forest, she must have shone like a ray […]

RETICENT: That’s Using Your Head By Peg Scarano

Word: Reticent Word Count: 480 That’s Using Your Head By Peg Scarano For as long as I can remember, I have been an outgoing person. I love meeting people and talking to friends and associates – old and new. I believe this trait was an asset in my career of marketing, community services and fund […]

RETICENT: Would You Like Desert? By Sally Madison

Word: RETICENT Words: 491 Would You Like Desert? By Sally Madison The dinner was over and the young women were picking up the dishes to take to the kitchen of their student residence, when the door knocker sounded. “I’ll get it,” said Eloise, the house matron, as she proceeded to the door. “Oh, hello, Prescott, […]

RIGHT: Bathwater By Mike Cecconi

Word: RIGHT Word Count 498 Bathwater By Mike Cecconi You wake up knowing you died yesterday yet here you are, safe in bed. This isn’t the first time, it’s happened often enough to lose count, dead but alive, no one else able to recall a thing. You only remember it hazily yourself, like a film […]

RIGHT: Choices By Sharon Collins

Word: RIGHT Word Count 499 Choices By Sharon Collins The right choice feels very much like the wrong choice. I know that Shadow cannot remain with us. He was born wild and lives wild. Sister was born wild, this is true, but she lives with myself. We are not an entire clan, but we are […]

RIGHT: Make the Right Move (But Watch Where You Step) By Maggie Robertson

Week 51: Right Word Count: 490 Make the Right Move (But Watch Where You Step) By Maggie Robertson “Dad, the sheep are out, and in your Mother’s garden again!” Our fences never seemed to work. I have a classic photo from my childhood; my father is fixing the fence, with the two pigs, the calf, […]

RIGHT: Mr. Right By Terry Rainey

Word: RIGHT Word Count 498 Mr. Right By Terry Rainey Friday afternoon, New York. Hoping to get to Washington for dinner. Hot, muggy 7th Avenue, then hellish Penn Station. No track announcement for the 3:35 Northeast Regional 173 till 3:25, creating a packed herd of people jockeying for position. Watching the cattle converge on the […]

RIGHT: Right By Anne Nassar

Word: RIGHT Word Count 453 Right By Anne Nassar He was happy, sleeping on Gosia’s dorm room floor, in the narrow passage in between her bed and her roomate’s. Her friends were nice to him. They stole him food from the cafeteria. They fought over who would take him to class as their guest. They […]

RIGHT: Seventeen Miles to Reseda By Sam McManus

Word: RIGHT Word Count 500 Seventeen Miles to Reseda By Sam McManus The highway was long, from Long Beach, down to Reseda, and beyond, snaking like tendrils in two different directions, one through the desert and the other through patches of civilization, but both packed with cars. If you peered long enough out the back […]

RIGHT: Spare Me By Peg Scarano

Word: Right Word Count: 498 Spare Me By Peg Scarano My oldest daughter did well academically and while she didn’t excel in sports, she always gave it her all. When she was in middle school, she decided to join the bowling team. It was right up her alley as it didn’t matter what the weather […]

SINGING: Birdsong By Sharon Collins

Word: SINGING Word Count 233 Birdsong By Sharon Collins She sits in the early-morning midst of March-birdsong. Bold Black Birds, greedy Jays, silly Speckled Starlings, Cardinals in their Crimson finery, bashful Mourning Doves, curious Chickadees, Woodpeckers, Downy and Flicker, their singing makes her sad. Their natural symphony, organic and unorganized, a cacophony really, performed from […]

SINGING: Clickety-Clack By Sally Madison

Word: SINGING Words: 496 Clickety-Clack By Sally Madison “Oh Mrs. Painter, nice to see you riding with us again,” said the conductor, as the matronly woman approached the passenger rail car. “I say, there is a young woman who is riding with us from St. Louis, going east to a university. This is her first […]

SINGING: Edward Hastings By Terry Rainey

Word: SINGING Word Count 498 Edward Hastings By Terry Rainey Trudging through the skeletons of the cut corn stalks, my Father carried my Brother Edward’s lifeless body across the field leading up to our house. As he came up the slight rise towards the house, I could see his red, swollen face, his heaving shoulders […]

SINGING: Finding Your Voice By Mike Cecconi

Word: SINGING Word Count 488 Finding Your Voice By Mike Cecconi She always called it a curse, even though it was all caused by a small benign tumor in her brain. She wondered aloud if she’d run afoul of Romani travelers or Vodou practitioners enough times to learn how you’re not supposed to call Romani […]

SINGING: Me and Ricardo By Sam McManus

Word: SINGING Word Count 500 Me and Ricardo By Sam McManus When I was a kid I thought I would live forever. There was just something about that childhood optimism that was both refreshing and naïve at the same time. Old Pete and Raheim used to stand on the corner slinging rock, telling us kids […]

SINGING: Singing Away the Rain by B.A. Sarvey

Word: Singing Word count: 500 Singing Away the Rain B.A. Sarvey Dear Rupert 67A, Your letter found me today. Communications aren’t always reliable here on Earth, especially in the River Region. I appreciate your efforts to locate me. Yes, I remember you. To say I’ve been haunted daily by that event is neither true nor […]

SINGING: Singing from the Heart by G. Ackman

Word: SINGING Word Count 492 Singing from the Heart by G. Ackman I woke to the sound of singing. I recognized the song and the voice, but how could that be? She wasn’t here. She used to sing it to me anytime I was sick or hurt or sad. Sometimes I think she sang it […]

SINGING: The Tales of Tails By Peg Scarano

Word: Singing Word Count: 498 The Tales of Tails By Peg Scarano I’m guessing, whether you are human or feline, you are wondering how I got stuck with the name “Tails”. Many humans go through life disliking their names because they were named after a great-great grandparent, a distant aunt or uncle or their parents […]

SPIRIT: Are You Kitten Me?! By Peg Scarano

Word: Spirit Word Count: 474 Are You Kitten Me?! By Peg Scarano When we first moved to our neighborhood 36 years ago, there was an elderly lady and a cat that lived three houses away. I’ll call her, Mrs. K, and her cat, Cat. During the warm summer nights when our bedroom windows were open […]

SPIRIT: Readying By Sharon Collins

Word: Spirit Word Count 499 Readying By Sharon Collins The long-necked, honking-birds have finished journeying toward the Land of the Endless-Ice. The danger of river-floods is past and the humming-biters no longer feed on me and make me itch. My fingers are the color of the sky from picking berries that grow on the low […]

SPIRIT: A Silver Lining in Paris By Sally Madison

Word: SPIRIT Words: 497 A Silver Lining in Paris By Sally Madison The butler knocked gently at Elizabeth’s door. “Entre” she called out. “There is a gentleman to see you, Mademoiselle,” he announced, as he averted his eyes from her, lying in bed, surrounded by pillows. He lowered the silver tray, so she could reach […]

SPIRIT: Confessions By Sam McManus

Word: SPIRIT Word Count 500 Confessions By Sam McManus He wasn’t traditional in any sense of the word, save the sense of mortality he felt every second of every day. Otherwise he was as varied as you could possibly get, which was funny since he wore mostly black, some white, and a face generally wiped […]

SPIRIT: Like a Natural Wolf Man By Mike Cecconi

Word: SPIRIT Word Count 491 Like a Natural Wolf Man By Mike Cecconi So much of my writing starts by mishearing something and then the misunderstanding turns out to be more interesting than the original intent. I’ve written more than four hundred parody songs, sitting in a Microsoft Word file on my computer somewhere, because […]

SPIRIT: Spirit By Anne Nassar

Word:SPIRIT Word Count 445 Spirit By Anne Nassar “Vivian pursued a variety of feminine pastimes.” For the first time ever, Alek thought about his mother’s life. His mother made macrame plant hangers. She constructed wreaths out of fake flowers and plastic pinecones. She painted ceramic tabletop holiday ornaments: Easter bunnies, jack-o’-lanterns, snowmen. She pressed flowers […]

SPIRIT: Spirit By Nan Ressue

Word: SPIRIT Word Count 210 Spirit By Nan Ressue I envision that core strength of inner spirit as a small, golden, tapered flame, upright and glowing, protected on each side by cupped hands, pure and steady, inextinguishable. It is representative of truth, beauty, dedication, and goodness. It may be disfigured or diminished by painful circumstances […]

SPIRIT: Spirit By Nan Ressue

Word: SPIRIT Word Count 210 Spirit By Nan Ressue I envision that core strength of inner spirit as a small, golden, tapered flame, upright and glowing, protected on each side by cupped hands, pure and steady, inextinguishable. It is representative of truth, beauty, dedication, and goodness. It may be disfigured or diminished by painful circumstances […]

SPRING: All the Lonely People By Sally Madison

Word: SPRING Words: 500 All the Lonely People By Sally Madison Eleanor, with hunched shoulders, shuffled as she carried a brown paper sack that leaked juice from a smashed tomato, when the sack split, freeing the eggs, bread, and rice in front of the church. She collapsed to her knees with a burst of tears, […]

SPRING: Give Me a Break By Peg Scarano

Word: Spring Word Count: 487 Give Me a Break By Peg Scarano It’s supposed to be the time of year when the dirty snows of winter melt away the salt and grime that collected in our streets and in our lives over the past four or five months. The days get longer in spite of […]

SPRING: Laurel Doves By Sharon Collins Chapter 3

Word: SPRING Word Count 499 Laurel Doves By Sharon Collins Chapter 3 Père Jean, Grand-mère’s gracious friend, appeared in the doorway of her dreaming. “It is time Isobel! She and the others must attend me now!” With quick kisses, moist upon both cheeks and the whispered word, “Demori,” lingering in her ears, Geneviève bade farewell […]

SPRING: Spring By Nan Ressue

Word: SPRING Word Count 429 Spring By Nan Ressue Many of us have seen you. We have all wondered at those swirling orbs overhead, those group formations of mysterious shapes, some modest, some gargantuan. We know about the vehicles which execute breath taking aerial maneuvers as they accompany aircraft in flight. We have heard about […]

SPRING: Spring Hopes Infernal By Maggie Robertson

Word: Spring Word Count: 482 Spring Hopes Infernal By Maggie Robertson Interesting how humbling and humiliating both begin with hum, as it’s what happens when you forget the words. She fancied herself a writer, but the words would not come. Her mind seemed as barren as the hillsides she gazed upon as she sat by […]

SPRING: Spring of Wisdom By B.A. Sarvey

Word: Spring Word Count: 500 Spring of Wisdom B.A. Sarvey It began as a trickle—an inkling of an idea. Out of a crevice in the bedrock, it seeped up and burbled: clean, clear, cold. Constant renewal, as water flowed from the depths of the earth, kept it that way. As a wee mite—barely four—she discovered […]

SPRING: Sunday Morning By Sam McManus

Word: SPRING Word Count 500 Sunday Morning By Sam McManus Every other Sunday morning I called shotgun, which meant I also had to load the jugs into the trunk of the station wagon, but I didn’t mind. “It’s not fair,” my brother said. It was his own fault he was too slow. “It’s your fault […]

TRAINING: Broken Trinity By Sharon Collins

Word: TRAINING Word Count 441 Broken Trinity By Sharon Collins Grant ran marathons. His religion was Training and he worshipped daily, a mad monk at the Altar of Mileage. Leigh knew that when she started dating him. The Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner was Grant’s favorite book. Leigh wished she had read it before […]

TRAINING: Game of Thrones By Peg Scarano

Word: Training Word Count: 499 Game of Thrones By Peg Scarano I think there are few life experiences that can compete with the excitement, anticipation, gratification, apprehension, anxiety and expectation of parenthood. There are a lot of “firsts” to look forward to in those early years on this earth. The first smile, burp, full night […]

TRAINING: Missing By Sam McManus

Word: Training Word Count 500 Missing By Sam McManus A sliver of moon peeked out from behind the dark twilight clouds, but no one was paying any attention to the scene. In fact, absolutely no one was outside of their houses in the entire town, the streets pristine and silent in the misty air. It […]

TRAINING: Outshined By Mike Cecconi

Word: TRAINING Word Count: 495 Outshined By Mike Cecconi Proxima and Rigil, two of the sisters Centauri, two of the closest stars to our very own sun, they like to watch us from afar sometimes, up there in the night sky. It isn’t night to them, of course, there’s no such thing as night for […]

TRAINING: Training By Anne Nassar

Word: TRAINING Word Count 466 Training By Anne Nassar Stana and her new mother went to church most mornings, unless the weather was bad. When the service was over, they knelt and prayed for Stana’s family. Stana only pretended. She believed in God – He was as real to her as her own hands. But […]

TRAINING: TRAINING PAIN By Nan Ressue

Word: TRAINING 431 words TRAINING PAIN By Nan Ressue By the time I turned sixteen, the idea of working had never floated through my head. This all changed when my father asked, “Do you want to get your own job or shall I get one for you?” Miraculously, I had a job at the local […]

TRAINING: Training Thrown to the Wind by B.A. Sarvey

Training 499 words Training Thrown to the Wind B.A. Sarvey Some men are destined to destroy things; some are destined to preserve them. Unaware of his role, Gerald, high above in the balloon’s basket, gawked at the landscape, enraptured. He absorbed the artistry of lines and angles, arcs and squiggles, circles and planes, stunned by […]

TRAINING: You Intrigue Me By Sally Madison

Word: TRAINING Words: 474 You Intrigue Me By Sally Madison One evening after several meals in the castle dinning room, the two lieutenants were absent and the General, still in uniform, but with buttons undone and with his tankard of port wine, was relaxed. Sitting in the master seat, with his back to the kitchen, […]

VISION: It’s a Man’s World By Peg Scarano

Word: Vision Word Count: 500 It’s a Man’s World By Peg Scarano Over the last few weeks I have had several conversations with God. I don’t turn to him very often, but when I do, it is for good reason. I feel our relationship has become such that I can share some of my innermost […]

VISION: A Man of Vision By Sam McManus

Word: VISION Word Count 500 A Man of Vision By Sam McManus “Would you call yourself a man of vision?” asked the man in the moustache, sitting across from Toby Fleese. If he were wearing a monocle and a top hat he might have been mistaken for the Monopoly Man. As it was, though, he […]

VISION: At the Beach By Sally Madison

Word: VISION Words: 500 At the Beach By Sally Madison Everyone had told her that you haven’t seen California until you’ve been to the beach. Linda scoffed, ‘I’ve seen water before, big deal, lots of water.’ She had recently been depressed and lonely, and she just hadn’t made time, but her roommate had bullied her […]

VISION: Fleeting Vision By Sharon Collin

Word: Vision Word Count 425 Fleeting Vision By Sharon Collins Kneeling still, I blink away the tears, clearing my vision. ‘Make him welcome?’ I ask. Sister answers by nudging my shoulder forward, then lying down beside me, muzzle on her paws, watching, waiting. The enormous He-Wolf does not move. He stands before me, his gray […]

VISION: Vision By Anne Nassar

Word: VISION Word Count 457 Vision By Anne Nassar When they got home, Alek’s father followed him upstairs. Alek sat down on his bed. His father remained standing. He folded his arms and looked at the floor silently, brow furrowed. Finally he said, I don’t know what’s happened to you. I don’t know either. You […]

VISION: Vision Impaired By B.A. Sarvey

Word: Vision Word count: 499 Vision Impaired B.A. Sarvey He had lost his vision. Not in the plain old way. Not in the ordinary sense that his eyes had stopped working. Lester’s eyes worked just fine. It was his inner vision that had abandoned him—the dream, the ambition to attain a goal. Just up and […]

VISION: Waste Not By Terry Rainey

Word: VISION Word Count 498 Waste Not By Terry Rainey The Mafia has a decent dental plan but the powers that be must feel eye care is a luxury, some hoity-toity add-on to the basic HMO. The family has doctors, of course, but very few optometrists, for some reason. I’m not privy to such things. […]

WARNING: Givin’ You a Warning By B.A. Sarvey

Word: WARNING Word Count 499 Givin’ You a Warning By B.A. Sarvey Who does he think he is? Calling me loser. Never amount to nothing. He’s the friggin’ dropout. He’s the one quittin’ school. Not me. Stuart slammed his locker shut. Kicked it for good measure. Started walking away then turned back, slammed his fist […]

WARNING: Initiation By Sam McManus

Word: Warning Word Count 500 Initiation By Sam McManus The trick is to keep breathing, to inhale and exhale in perfect rhythm, just like when making out with the CPR dummy in order to get that ever elusive first aid certification. But that’s hard to do when she keeps watching me for signs of distress, […]

WARNING: Julie’s Flowers By Sally Madison

Word: WARNING Words: 500 Julie’s Flowers By Sally Madison Julie’s stomach had turned and churned with excitement, anticipation and dread the first time she had seen her. Julie’s heart broke, as she could only have imagined what Millie’s life had been like. She had seen the posters. She knew what Millie looked like, but she […]

WARNING: No Warning By Sharon Collins

Word: Warning Word Count 499 No Warning By Sharon Collins Sister journeys away from me more often of late. She is gone again tonight. I fear she seeks to leave me. I will miss my beautiful, white she-wolf if she does leave, as I need her far more now than she needs me. Long past […]

WARNING: The Best Laid Plans By Peg Scarano

Word: Warning Word Count: 499 The Best Laid Plans By Peg Scarano There are some things you just cannot prepare for not matter how prepared you think you are. And we all know – the best laid plans always need a Plan B. If you don’t have one, make one! A great Plan A for […]

WARNING: Warning By Mike Cecconi

Word: WARNING Word Count 492 Warning By Mike Cecconi His future mother-in-law called him “Jimmy”, even though his given name was James Sheng and nearly everyone since junior high just called him “Jim”. Qingzhao’s mother was a tiny tanned tin tyrant but she doled out the terror in her sometimes-subtle ways, she was letting “Jimmy” […]

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