Short Story – Overconfidence

Have you ever thought about how big, how friggin’ humongous, this universe is? I mean, think about it, there are gazillions of planets, hundreds of gazillions for all you and I know. One of those probably has alien life, right? It’s gotta. And, since we a couple of logic using sons-of-bitches here, we probably think …

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Short Story – The New Boy

Fezzer was determined to look his best. He had risen early, and in honour of the occasion put on the yellow and blue spotted tie that went so well with his pink shirt. The blue suit, waist-coated and with mustard silk handkerchief protruding like a miniature pyramid from his top pocket completed the trad-modern look …

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Short Story – Five minutes of your time

John increased his pace, he couldn’t afford to be late. The mass of humanity that surrounded him didn’t help, but he told himself that soon he wouldn’t have to deal with it anymore. He was meant for greater things (including a chauffeur), if he managed to arrive in time for the meeting of his life …

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Short Story – Unchosen

“You are not the chosen one.” Master Pienza’s words rang throughout the amphitheatre, bounding off of the concrete pillars and pricking my downturned ears like daggers. It took every ounce of my immense strength to keep from crumpling beneath the weight of the revelation. A stormcloud of startled murmurs erupted from the assembled guests and …

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Short Story – Eyam

‘Now, blessed be God, all our fears are over for none have died of the plague since the eleventh of October and the pest-houses have long been empty.’ So spoke the Reverend. The congregation listened, relieved but not happy. William Mompasson had endured his own suffering – his wife was buried within the stone circle. …

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Short Story – Perfecting Pasta

It was her first meal since she had left.  A bag of crisps, bar of chocolate apart.  Just a packet from the co-op.  She had some cheese to grate on top, a little black pepper and a plastic tub of some kind of tomato sauce that she had basketed before the tears came.  Again. The …

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Short Story – The Definition of Monster

Serena opened the door to the alley with a kick. The bad smell greeted her like a steaming cloud of vinegar shot up the nose. She had been working there for a year, and still couldn’t figure out what it was. At least the combined aroma of fried meat, chips, and cheap sauces that came …

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Short Story – Little Black Dress

Loretta's purse is black. It matches her shoes, her small, veiled hat, and of course, her dress. She smooths the fabric over her legs as she sits down at the table. She wonders how grieving women are supposed to perform the act of sitting down. Sadly, she supposes, and does her best to emanate grief. …

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Short Story – Shadowplay

As I enter the party the first sight that greets me is a female face - red and wet, tears cascading – knelt over a fallen boyfriend, unconscious yet still stoically clutching a half bottle of rum. I nod to a stranger – like myself, young, male, tan – we note our shared appreciation and …

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