FLASH FICTION: “I AM BECOME DEATH”

“Third one in a fortnight. Jesus Christ,” said Taylor. “I’m getting to know this area of woodland too well. Am I mad, or is this-” “The same tree?” said Griffin. “Yes.” “Any I.D. on the vic?” “You don’t recognize him?” “The light’s not so good here. Hang on.” Taylor changed his footing on the step […]

FLASH FICTION: “FAMILY VISIT”

I can hear one behind me somewhere, crashing through the bushes, giving chase. I can’t keep this up for much longer. I can’t run, have never been able to. But I have no choice other than to keep putting one foot in front of the other. My lungs burn. My sides hurt. My throat is […]

FLASH FICTION: “HALF OF EVERYTHING”

3 minutes ago: “Did you make contact with the principal’s office yet?” Armstrong asked. “Oh no,” interrupted Mitchell as they climbed out of the car. “Kids are already out.” “Classes had just finished when they finally picked up,” the reply came back over the radio. “Students were already loose in the halls. Too late to […]

FLASH FICTION: “FIRST DAY”

“Hey,” said Ray. “Where do you keep the cable ties?” The store keeper, stood at the far end of the aisle, barely acknowledged Ray’s question, scribbled something on a clipboard, then simply walked away.“Jesus,” Ray muttered. He didn’t want to call after the dude, that would be rude. In the same way pretending to not […]

FLASH FICTION: “A LITTLE RETRIBUTION”

“Do I know you?” said Packer. “No, you don’t,” said the man. The stranger had stepped into the elevator just before the doors closed and fixed eyes on Packer. That gaze had not faltered. “It’s just I swear this isn’t the first time I’ve seen you today,“ said Packer. “You would have been stupid not […]

FLASH FICTION: “NOBODY’S BUSINESS”

Nobody left the toilet unflushed last night. Nobody left that empty milk carton in the fridge this morning. Nobody used all of the bread. I did. Yeah. I did all of those things. I am Nobody. And there’s not one thing any of you can do about it. Because none of you have the slightest […]

FLASH FICTION: “PESTS”

There are no sugary treats for this plague of ants to swarm over, so I have no idea what has brought these vile creatures here to this isolated, desolate part of the city. No statues or structures of historical importance, no famous breweries or distilleries, no birthplaces of long drank themselves to death musicians or […]

FLASH FICTION: “SHIT MONSTER”

My life is shit. I mean… Godzilla, all the Godzillas in fact, even the awful ones. King Kong. The Kraken. Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy. The Werewolf, The Wolfman, whichever one you prefer. All these guys; now they were monsters. But me? Jesus, talk about the short, feces-encrusted end of the stick. Allow me to set […]

FLASH FICTION: “SERENITY”

Somewhere close, way too close behind them in the traffic, a horn honked. Twice. “That wasn’t what I think it was, was it?” said Beth. Kevin shifted in the driving seat. “Jesus. Couldn’t have been.” Beth killed the radio. Kevin checked his mirrors. They chanced glances left and right, looking at the occupants of the […]

SUNDAY BRAIN DUMP 03|12|17

What’s caught my eyes, ears and attention this week? What’s made me think, want to write, and maybe made me want to do both differently? Quotes? Sure. Wilde, Jobs, Einstein. All the usual suspects have made some lasting ones. But there are some good one-liners in this find on Pinterest. Especially The Riddler’s. Sharp.