Tag: Flash Fiction Micro

Taken To Be Loved by Claire Gleeson

I look at every little girl I pass on the street. Even though I know that whoever took her would not bring her back here, to the town where she grew up, where her face is most burned on the collective consciousness. I know this, and yet I stare at every little child I see,

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Beneath Their Feet by Ken Frape

Ragged undulations and watery craters define the pockmarked contours of the monster that is no man’s land. It quivers beneath its frost-hardened carapace of soil, scattered body parts and crusted blood, punctured by the ragged quills of the splintered treeline.  It is ravening, insatiable and will swallow, without trace, friend or foe alike. But for

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A Supermarket Moment by Jennifer Reichow

We all inch forward and wait.  Inch forward and wait. The woman checking out, her face puckers up in baby face rage because of… oh god, who knows?  I can’t tell from 6 people back.  Something trivial, no doubt. For fun, I look in the surrounding carts.  Oh, dear. Condoms and peanut butter? Wow, I

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Mending the Pane by Ken Frape

Ice crystals zig-zag their way haphazardly across the cracked window, their fine, lace-like tentacles spreading ever outwards, multiplying, clinging on despite the smoothness of the surface. Wafts of cold, midnight air steal through every chink, hurrying on up the staircase, slipping under bedroom doors, nipping at noses and ears and peeping-out toes. At dawn, Millie

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Ringmaster by Samantha Kelly

When the Company installed me, it was with a single utility function. The Circus is a place of joy. And as Ringmaster, it is up to me to facilitate that joy. System error Joy outside acceptable parameters Reloading Ringmaster model I held my top hat in one hand and fussed over my processing unit. There

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Lovefool by Abi Hennig

The envelope flutters onto the welcome mat. She restrains herself from polite applause as she appraises it: red on the soft side of scarlet, dusted with glitter (bronze, not gold –not gaudy), perfumed with the peppery scent of geraniums and sealed with a solitary X. Lifting the billet-doux gently, between manicured finger and thumb (a

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A Woman’s Guide To Breaking The Glass Ceiling By Nicola Ashbrook

Don’t shag your boss. It seems obvious but it isn’t when the only time he pays you attention is if you wear your fitted pencil skirt and stockings with seams snaking up the back of your calves. He certainly notices you then. But don’t fall for it – remember what happened at the last place

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Giants of the Sea by Nicola Ashbrook

Shovel-handed and taciturn, Joe suits life on ship. It disappoints his parents though – an awareness of which he dully carries with him from deck-sloshing to mainsail. His father, a petite man, taut of body and thought, is a Cordon Bleu chef with his own restaurant. A restaurant he has made clear since childhood should

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Weaponised Nostalgia by Joe Hakim

Something’s different, I think to myself as I put my waffles into the oven. I stroll over to my collection of records, take one from the shelf and gently remove it from the sleeve. Holding it up to my nose, I inhale deeply. Vinyl produced to resemble vinyl produced before the ‘70s has a different

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This Alone Could Save Us by Santino Prinzi

This Along Could Save Us is a flash fiction collection of 51, yes 51 short pieces of flash. The book is a real quick read and works as a great palate cleanser between larger books, the stories aren’t very deep but are enjoyable with the flow of Prinzi’s prose, but for me, the collection was

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