Sisyphus on Vacation

The heat is stifling. Our footsteps are an endless string of dry crunches on the shoulder of California State Route 190. Whose idea was it to put a bed-and-breakfast in Death Valley? Something tugs at my consciousness.  She looks at her phone again.  She always looks at her phone at this point. I can’t remember… Continue reading Sisyphus on Vacation

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

Reynaldo the Rat

Flash Fiction Challenge 100 – Day 66 His reactions were shock, followed by horror, then disgust – all in rapid succession. It wasn’t an enormous rat, nor was it small – if the man had to venture a guess, he would say the rat was average-sized. However, the thing that was not average was the… Continue reading Reynaldo the Rat