Marionette

Jackson traced a finger along the lower lip, making some final adjustments. High cheekbones, dark eyes, and pouty lips made it the perfect head for the standard model lithe body she would roll out this evening. She pushed her glasses up her nose and glanced at the clock. Scant time for testing, but getting her selfie ready should be enough. The head … Continue reading Marionette

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Engine

You wake up lying on the floor. You’re on your side. Blurred faces gather around you. “He has a hammer!” a woman yelled. There’s a sharp pain in your thigh. You lean back, shoulders stiff. You slide the tool from your body. A moment ago, you were in the hardware store. Before that, you were … Continue reading Engine

“How Kind of You to Come”

I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve forgotten her face. It’s become a disordered collage: the slope of a nose, the curve of a lip, a glow of brown eyes. Memory no longer assembles them into a face. So I paint everything else. Her front door. The in-between coat she wore in autumn. Her beagle. … Continue reading “How Kind of You to Come”

Click Click

She found the battered camera behind the bushes, a small silver ingot of hidden treasure that glinted in the setting sun at the just the right angle to catch her eye. The metal was tarnished to a dull sheen, the round shutter button worn down to concave plastic white that fit her finger just so. … Continue reading Click Click

Flash Fiction week VIII: Spooky Selfies

Length: 500--1000 words When: Publication date is the final week in October. Topic: Spooky Selfies What does that mean? Stories should (a) involve selfies, and (b) be vaguely related to Halloween, or something spooky or scary. As usual, contact the editor to sign up, or leave a comment here and we'll get back to you. … Continue reading Flash Fiction week VIII: Spooky Selfies

Rain

“Hey, do you hear that?” Betty asks. She rushes into the lounge room with a stricken look on her face. “Hear what? That’s just the rain and wind. Nothing to be surprised about. It’s raining cats and dogs outside,” Andy replies and faces the television once again. “No, that’s not it. It sounds like someone … Continue reading Rain

The Paradox of Sustenance

Nick tossed the bag into the dumpster and leaned back against the brick wall to light his cigarette. His shift was almost over, second of four for the weekend, and as he inhaled he silently cursed Jason for taking off with some tramp two months ago.  It shouldn't be difficult to find a dishwasher, but … Continue reading The Paradox of Sustenance

Flash Fiction week VII: “On Your Doorstep”

Since we have some pieces left over from the last week of flash fiction, we've created a theme week to use those pieces. And so we present: Flash Fiction week VII Topic: On Your Doorstep When: 21--25 July Word length: 500 words As usual, contact the editor to sign up, or leave a comment here … Continue reading Flash Fiction week VII: “On Your Doorstep”

Late

Written by Kate Harrison. “Jubi! Don't be late,” warns Mama Fadhili, youngest of my sisters-in-law, as she pulls her bucket away from the faucet. I slide mine into place, but some water is lost, dark splashes quickly fading in the red-brown dust. Late. In school it did not matter that my mind was quick as … Continue reading Late