In a Hospital Far Away

“It’s a nice room.”  The voice is familiar, but I can’t place it.  Am I sleeping? Dreaming? I hear a series of melodic beeps filling the air. They have their own distinctive pitch and period. But that can’t be right, I’m no longer…, “Wayne, he’s waking up,” a soft voice filters into my awareness. As… Continue reading In a Hospital Far Away

Finding Harry

An addict returns home.   My most recent overdose triggered mom’s stroke and death. I’ve been gone almost nine years, but now I’m back at the farm with Dad. I will stay here a bit, try to find my legs, figure out what’s next for me. I’ve struggled with the black dogs of depression my… Continue reading Finding Harry

Becoming Proust

Reflections on living three fifths a century     But old age, to begin with, has something in common with death. Some face it with indifference, not because they have more courage than others, but because they have less imagination.“ Marcel Proust, Time Regained – I am slowly turning into Marcel Proust. Okay, that may… Continue reading Becoming Proust

Kenny and the Upside

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 93     “What the fuck did you say to me? An upside? If you value our friendship at all, you better explain yourself, and I mean now.” I might’ve chosen a better moment, I suppose. As Kenny’s youngest sister, Tina, is not ready to hear this. She grows… Continue reading Kenny and the Upside

After the Rain

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 83 “Lying in the dark, it’s understood We are both lost And we won’t be found.” The Last Unicorn – Passenger When it was done, after he had gone through the normal stages of adapting to the new norm (single again), he felt surprised to learn that what he… Continue reading After the Rain


Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 82 I try calling her cellphone again. Damn. My useless phone displays one of three messages with every attempt. This time it’s ‘NETWORK BUSY.’ I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s the day most of us are leaving earth. The authorities never fully explained how this was even remotely possible. I’ve… Continue reading Nicky

Challenge, A Rationalization

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 80 The man ignores all the signs from his body. Something is wrong, he suspects, but he refuses to take any proactive measures on his behalf. He feels things shifting inside him, moving, growing, becoming, and hurting. He knows he needs to see a doctor, but the idea leaves… Continue reading Challenge, A Rationalization

Hang Loose

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 77 I jerk upright in my bed, instantly awake. “Just a dream,” I say to myself stupidly. Whoa. I take several minutes to collect myself. It did not seem like a dream; it had felt real. The way the client had grasped at my hand as I pulled their… Continue reading Hang Loose

The End of Books

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 76 The writing prompt I chose for today’s flash fiction story was from Grammarly. It said, “Write about what you think the world will look like in 10 years.” Dare I? Since 2016, I feel I’ve lost all hope in most of my fellow countrymen, in friends, in people… Continue reading The End of Books

Heating Pad

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 75 And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me – filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe It was the heating pad controller that inspired so many nightmares and haunted thoughts during my three-week self-quarantine. The heating pad… Continue reading Heating Pad


Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 52 It’s easy to slip into a poverty mindset when you grow up poor. Not only is there never enough, but you also absolutely believe there will never be enough. Permanent, debilitating financial ruin is just one mishap away. One unplanned emergency is all it will take to make… Continue reading Allowance

In the End

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 51 Take Two In the end, she tells herself for the millionth time; it was only an accident. He hadn’t meant to injure her in this most irreversible manner. This had been the unfortunate outcome of an unintentional flirtation. He hadn’t meant to die, but only to taste the… Continue reading In the End