Category «Flash Fiction»

The U.C.- Noreen Graf

  The dog brought in an umbilical cord and laid it at my feet. It was from the banana tree which my nihilist girlfriend says is merely a plant part. I know better. Not that I have seen a U.C., in the flesh. I haven’t. The dog tore this one from a mother tree and …

Chasing Feelings-Brandon Bagot

               He looks back fondly on those times of pure enjoyment. Each first experience dipped in nostalgia becomes the pinnacle of historical euphoria. The intoxicating smell of grandma’s fresh baked cookies, the brief moment of weightlessness jumping off the high dive, hearing a powerful song that resonated his soul, the time-stopping electricity of his first kiss, …

Wasted Time-Gemma Johnston

Who was this codger in the mirror?  His eyes, once piercing, were now hooded in an anxiety-furrowed brow.  His jowls hung low and flabby, thanks to his penchant for malt whiskey and a lack of physical exertion. Where was the vibrant gentleman who skied in Aspen and wooed women with quotes from Shakespeare? She’d always been the …

Literary Lettuce

If you’re like me, there are some literary devices that just don’t register like foreign coins in a coin counting machine at a currency exchange in Nowhere, Oklahoma, and signs, “WATCH FOR FALLING ICE” on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and the objective correlative.   For example, I read that the term “objective correlative” was coined around …

When It Hurts-J. Ray Paradiso

So, I had a few pops after work an’ was feelin’ loosey-goosey. Waddlin’ on d’lift to my pond on 12 + 1 atop Chicago’s DaftView, I Hello’d a Monroe blond, wound tight, on her way UP. “Do ya smell bug spray?” I quacked. “I think it’s my perfume,” she nada’d; then, bolted like a shootin’ …