Category «Short Story»

Maybe You Should Ask the Dog-M.W. Masiga

“Ma’am is this your dog?” “No. Yes?” “Is that a no or a yes?” “I can honestly tell you, I didn’t think anybody else could see it.” “Right. What is your name ma’am?” “Teddy Baer.” “Your name is…” “Yes. My parents thought it would be funny. I didn’t have the same experience.” “Can I ask …

House of Cards-Katherine Prochnow

Queen of Hearts. That’s you. That’s you, mother. Your face holy and royal. I wish I could be as regal. As stone cold. You are my home. Ever since I was in the womb. Ever since I was a child on the playground. Ever since I fell off the slide and slammed into the wood …

The Ocelot-Hannah Benson

               I said yes to the hot air balloon ride on a thin, grey Sunday afternoon. I said yes for Bernard, my pet ocelot. Bernard is superior to other ocelots because he can always tell when it’s going to rain. He’ll let me know by meeting my gaze and blinking three times; long, …

Religious Ecstasy-Jordan Hagedon

                     I am not succeeding. This is apparent to me through my grandmother’s eyes when she looks at me. Across the table, which is white and covered all over by shade from a tall, yellow umbrella, my grandmother watches me talk about long nights spent researching for my novel (half-finished for years), how I’m cutting …

Starfall-Morgan Smith

             Darkness tugs us up and the stars fall down. The sky bends down to kiss the earth, the earth disappearing under skyfall, under stardust, under clouds made to be tread upon leaving so many wandering footprints.                I wonder sometimes whether I am …

Hidden, I Hide- VanessaMarie Caron

Hidden away out of sight and out of mind. That’d been the plan. If it hadn’t been for the year-old layering of dust and cat hair beneath my bed aggravating my allergies, I wouldn’t have been forced to set my eyes on it again.             “I don’t know why you …

Concrete-Peter Beda

  Bangzhu woke up slowly with a throbbing headache, a congested nose, and a dry throat. His first thought, dazed by medication, was: “I’m still sick to death.”   A few days earlier, he had caught the flu, weakened as he was by the ongoing fights with his wife. “My future ex-wife,” as he cynically …

Tenderlion-Jessica Noyes McEntee

Jesus has given Mrs. O’Connor in Apartment 5C a fifth daughter, although he hasn’t yet given Mr. O’Connor the wherewithal to return home regularly, despite my feverish prayers. Mother sends me to knock on their door before I walk to Gristede’s for groceries. “Can I go on my roller skates?” I ask. Naturally, I’m rebuffed. …

So, I woke up in Egypt- Anthony Afairo Nze

(TWO BEAUTIFUL STORIES BY OUR YOUNG ARTIST) SO, I WOKE UP IN EGYPT I was now thirty-thousand feet in the air, but my mind was completely oblivious to that. I could care less about the fact I was currently on a plane flying in and out of clouds. All I could think about was the …

A Stitch in Primetime- Wendy Lee Klenetsky

It was one of those TV reality-contest–type shows, where budding clothing designers were given a chance to make and display their creations on the bodies of personally- selected models parading on a TV runway. The designers were each vying for fame and fortune in the fashion world: large sums of money and publicity in magazines …