Archive for Flash Fiction – Page 3

The Last Confession

For all the tests and needles, all the frantic whispered exchanges and phone calls, what it came down to was this: Richard was old, and he was dying of it. He protested little against all the useless activity rushing about him. He let himself be shuttled by car and wheelchair,…

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The Butterfly

He listened to Charlotte’s laugh from where he pretended to study and watched her from behind his notebook. The sun shone in her hair and on her cheeks, and the song of flowers was on her voice. He could pick it out distinctly from among the six of them jabbering…

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The Duel

The dome shook. The ground quaked; the battered alley walls cracked; the air pressed down upon Corban Priest. He widened his stance and waited for the blow to pass. Concrete dust billowed into the air, shrouding him from his foe’s eyes, and veiling his foe from his. He was close….

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Healthy Society

“Please take a seat.” Delilah sat, facing the tribunal. Her three judges studied her, sly intelligence in their eyes. “Delilah Thompson has asked to transfer out of her Society,” stated the center judge. His nameplate read Bailey. “Let the questioning begin.” The tribunal examined her. Delilah met each gaze. The…

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The Honor Students

Meredith checked her watch. The end-of-year program was proceeding at a brisk pace. At her son’s old elementary school, they had given out awards for every subject, awards for reading a certain number of books, certificates for science fair and spelling bee and geography night, ribbons for good citizenship and…

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Good Books

The bookstore is empty. I drink my Pepsi and pretend to work at the computer, the shelves full of unread books. What I really do is browse Pinterest. I might see one customer the rest of the day, maybe two. You know what makes me mad? People don’t read anymore….

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Full Moon

“Look, daddy, look!” My going-on-three-year-old son points out the window of the van as I drive home. “Wow, the moon is big tonight, isn’t it?” “Daddy, I want to get it.” “Well, how are you going to get it?” He thinks seriously for a moment, drawing out his “Um…” before…

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Happily Ever After

“…And with the Lord Grigory’s army defeated, the land of Netherfield was freed from the curse of fog and forgetfulness. Prince Henry arose, discarding his broken sword, and seeing the maid Kerra there, took her by the hand and lifted her up. The sun was dawning, and Henry and Kerra…

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A Knock-Out Story

“…the meteor shower will hit atmosphere in three minutes. If you’re just tuning in, NASA, in conjunction with the military, succeeded in breaking up the oncoming asteroid mere seconds before the window of opportunity expired. Authorities still expect a few of the larger fragments to survive atmospheric entry….” “SHUT THAT…

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Your Call is Important to Us

Thank you for calling the Despair Help Line. Please listen carefully because our menu options have changed. Press or say 1 if you are uncertain whether what you are feeling is truly despair or only the results of a series of unfortunate events. Otherwise, press or say 2. Thank you….

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Playing God

“This is an exciting day, Miss Fitzgerald. Your vision will open hundreds of opportunities for us to help others like your father.” Marisa Fitzgerald smiled tightly, her lined face stretched taut. At sixty, she was the oldest of billionaire Henry Fitzgerald’s three children. A tiny, slim woman, she had never…

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The Beholder

As the rest of the audience stood, stretching and gossiping during the final intermission, Clara remained seated, her mind fixated on the upcoming results. She had watched the Pageant on TV as long as she could remember. Being here in person, among the elegant, almost gaudy, spectators was exhilarating, like…

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