Category «Flash Fiction»

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’ …