List for Friends, Vol 2

For my more genteel, discerning friends A friend of mine keeps suggesting that I share my stories with various mutual friends. That idea, honestly, disturbs me. Most of our mutual friends are smarter than I am. As such, I would be embarrassed for them to read my bizarre tales of horror, science-fiction, and speculative thought.… Continue reading List for Friends, Vol 2

List for Friends, Vol 1

For my more genteel, discerning friends A friend of mine keeps suggesting that I share my stories with various mutual friends. That idea, honestly, disturbs me. Most of our mutual friends are smarter than I am. As such, I would be embarrassed for them to read my bizarre tales of horror, science-fiction, and speculative thought.… Continue reading List for Friends, Vol 1

A Life in Review

30-Day Flash Challenge, Day 28     I can feel my legs give out, and I’m falling. The trip to the ground seems to stretch on for an eternity. Some part of me senses the cyclists detected some note of distress and have doubled back towards me. The thing I find most surprising is how… Continue reading A Life in Review

At Least – A DIY Hell

30-Day Flash Challenge, Day 27     The theater is dimly lit. The screen is flickering, but there’s no movie playing. I’m guessing it’s lit from behind somehow. I’ve been here, alone, for a very long time. Each time I wake here, I get up from the seat I’m sitting in (always H-59) and investigate… Continue reading At Least – A DIY Hell

Breathe

30-Day Flash Challenge, Day 14     I wake. The floor beneath me is a hard block of ice; the cushions have again drifted a few feet away from me. Where am I? Oh yeah, an abandoned building; barely made it in before the snow buried everything. I hope I can find my truck in… Continue reading Breathe

The Man Who Wasn’t There

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 73 When he complained about his advanced age, his friends, the younger ones, liked to comment that age was just a number. It was true, a part of him confessed, but still. And they were always so goddamn earnest that he found it impossible to give in to his… Continue reading The Man Who Wasn’t There

Abigail

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 43 It was the utter lack of heat that had been the worst bit, Abigail thinks as she leans against her wall with the glass tumbler pressed against her ear. It had been an awful year, she thinks. Talk about an understatement. Half the world’s population was wiped out… Continue reading Abigail

Monolith 2

FLASH Fiction Challenge 100 — Day 24 The monolith had always stood there. When the heavens and earth formed, it was already there. As soon as there was light, the first thing illuminated was the monolith. When the continents began slowly sliding apart from each other, they slid around the black stone monolith. It was… Continue reading Monolith 2

The Man in the Tree

for Kathy Kate was only four the first time she saw the man in the tree. She was looking out her bedroom window when he appeared. It was still quite dark, and she almost missed seeing him. He had walked to their end of the housing project, then climbed up the tree that sat in… Continue reading The Man in the Tree

Monolith

FLASH Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 23 I think on some level, I knew I was dreaming when I first dreamt of the monolith. But it doesn’t matter because the dream pointed me towards something true. In the garden of Eden, the tree of forbidden fruit gave Adam and Eve knowledge of both good and… Continue reading Monolith

Vaya con Dios Maria

FLASH Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 22 “Good morning, Juliana,” I say. She doesn’t hear me or she’s just being rude, either way, she doesn’t answer me. We’ve been working together for years now. She works in produce, I’m a cashier. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time she’s said two words to me. There’s… Continue reading Vaya con Dios Maria

Winter

FLASH Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 21 Winter was the only season we could be together. During the spring and summers, Shaila trained and crewed on the Waving Wanda. Skippered by Janelle Rochelle, who had hopes of winning America’s Cup with an all-female crew for only the second time ever. During the autumn months, I… Continue reading Winter

White Snow, Red Kimono

FLASH Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 20 He lay back in the snow. His cheeks wet both from the snow that fell into his parka and from his memories of her. He is lying in the snow on the back deck of the chalet. It’s the same unit as last year. But last year, Tina… Continue reading White Snow, Red Kimono

Prodigal Sunglasses

FLASH Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 19 It was too hot out for the black hoodie, even with the sleeves rolled to the elbow. My phone call also distracted me. There was a fair amount of wind noise roaring through my tiny earbuds as I chatted with my boss. Several things were competing for my… Continue reading Prodigal Sunglasses

Djinn

FLASH Fiction Challenge 100 — Day 18 Fatimah missed her husband so fiercely that when the Djinn appeared before her at the well in the center of her little village, she didn’t hesitate to agree with his devil’s bargain he had proposed. Fatimah and Hamid had lived in a tiny stone hut in a small village of goat-herders… Continue reading Djinn

Bus

FLASH Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 17 The bus stopped so suddenly that several people were thrown from their seats. How had the driver not seen the child? His attention had been somewhat divided by his conversation with the two older sisters that always sat directly behind him. The irony was the twins usually always… Continue reading Bus

Gabe

FLASH Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 16 The devil had been prophesied to lose for so long, most of the faithful accepted it as a foregone conclusion, a guaranteed given, a done deal. The problem with knowing the outcome in advance is it makes it impossible to create any real dramatic tension; it doesn’t make… Continue reading Gabe

Treehouse

FLASH Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 15 The moment I saw the tree standing there against the creek, the sky opening up beyond it where the trees naturally parted at a wider spot in the creek, I knew I’d found the one. I’d been taking daily hikes through the woods behind my apartment complex for… Continue reading Treehouse

Closet

FLASH Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 14 Helen slams the closet door, leans against it, her heart racing. Then she is overtaken by what her father had called the ‘little girl shakes.’ She steps away from the closet. Takes several deep breaths. She doesn’t like remembering her father; he was not a good man. “I… Continue reading Closet

Rooftop Ballet

FLASH Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 13 I rub the envelope between my fingers. Touching it, confirming its existence, making sure that I’m not dreaming. It’s real. I put it back in my pocket, take another nervous swig from my Corona. The sun is just starting to set over the Hudson. The best views, I’ve… Continue reading Rooftop Ballet