A fiction within a fiction. The character Belmonte Segic discovers an Internet piece on the literary device "irony" and runs with it.
So much in this country gets moved by trucks. These truckers spend countless hours on the road. I often wonder where they are going.
Charlie visits the wreck of an old city bus and relives its horrific last run. The memories are enough to drive a man mad.
May 4, 1970. A 4-day struggle between war protesters and the National Guard came to a bloody end at Kent State University.Sharon & her boyfriend try to go on with life but that may not be an option.
In this short story, our protagonist encounters a swarm of migrating butterflies. After running for cover, the aftermath reveals beauty and death.
At a time when women were not supposed to be independent and do as they wish, Beth, Meredith, and Anna are of a different breed, free spirits and far ahead of their time.
Learning the strategy of the enemy amidst the battle, King Jovinous and his Paladin guard turn to the western gate. Where the Satjon generals Saulis and Halduris have set in motion a secondary attack.
It's been a part of my life for many years. Coffee. Now I feel bad for not acknowledging the value of coffee earlier. I'm sorry. If you are a coffee drinker, enjoy--your coffee and this narrative.
Anna Wronski and daughter Gita are separated by continent in 1939 under mysterious circumstances. In her old age, Anna still searches for six year old Gita.
Love is the power from Almighty to humans. Love has the power to move boulders. Love can soften rocks too. Languages of love spoken, written and signalled shall be understood by us.
Ralph came over to Craig's house after work and told him about his date the night before. Most of Ralph's stories range from funny to unfortunate. This one was beyond unfortunate. Word Count 621.
Bobby Blank confronts a thick fog and believes he could catch it...if it only stopped moving. Here's a story of trying to reach something unattainable, yet discovering the fun of doing so.
This really is the ideal venue for revenge, isn’t it? Them together. Me watching from the kitchen with all the food and drink they will consume this night at my fingertips.
Take a walk with me into a world, hopefully, you will never experience, and share in the joy of discovery!
Life as a shop keeper was getting her down. The sales were just covering the monthly rent, and enough to buy new stock, but not much else. Just enough for some weekend groceries.
The following is part of a chapter from an uncompleted novel I begain about 15 years ago. It chronicles the life of young man trying to come to terms with the death of his first true love.
This series of short stories concluded today. Part Two of the book will be published sometime towards the end of the summer. Thank you for riding along on this dark journey.
A Psychological Thriller/Horror Short Story I wrote about the occult, man's desire for absolute knowledge and emotional loss.
Written in cannibalistic fashion, this ode slowly reveals its underlying theme: a soft, limp noodle, lying prostrate on my plate.
You know how you have a stretch when you can't sleep, so you walk to the park and stretch out on a bench to get some shut-eye? No? Well, this guy tried it, and it worked for him, sort of. Word Ct-649
I first discovered Buddhist parables this year. I found them enthralling and read over a hundred of them the first day. I thought it would be fun to write stories based on my favorites. Here are two..
An article and poem focussing on the difficulty many writers face in finding inspiration or ideas for their next project.
Death would have been blessed if it was a double homicide where no one was guaranteed to survive. The bullets racing toward a vital organ and making the victim or victims collapse to the cement gaspin
A city in the turbulence of imperial transition, an army centered in an epic aftermath, a commander with a secretive agenda... the unthinkable about to be unleashed.
When the Expected becomes Unexpected and Romance Carries the Day - A short story of romantic intrigue, playfulness, and unbridled passion
Written by my mother during an air raid, in the shelter at Finsbury Square. Published in honour of her memory, for the centenary of her birth on 2nd August 1917.
Ralph goes to the dentist and discovers a whole world of creepy crawly bacteria lurking, not only in his own mouth, but in the mouth of every woman he may kiss in the future. To kiss, or not to kiss?
‘…It is downtrodden to sense the absence of a loved one for days even without your knowledge of their whereabouts. Whisky’s case is that of an apparent incident that 80% hint is been given on he's reality of non-living…’ Find out the fate of Whisky's absence.
A man's home has been invaded by unknown prowlers. Unwilling to give up the ship, He chooses a hiding place with no way out. Word Count-936
When morning prayers begin hopeful and confident we sometimes slip into anxiety and doubt as soon as difficulties arise. The practice of gratitude humbles us and makes our faith grow.
The road is rough and full of peril. But Jake needs to go through it to get to his destination. However, an old man is in his way.
Pinkerton agent disguises herself as circus sword swallower to entrap serial killer in 1867 Montana Territory.
Prayers of the saints rise to heaven for Thomas, who is in critical condition. Miracles abound for many.
Boys grow into men. Not all of them learn the lessons of life correctly, but some cannot help but see life differently than others. The Deep South in the 60's.
An story based on Jane Austen's decision to decline her only marriage proposal. Gain insight into Jane Austen's world, and the emotional turmoil she experienced during the 2-3 of December, 1802.
A retired school teacher receives three visitations which were each the delivery of a morbid and horrifying object. When put together, they become the key to an even larger mystery. (Word count-)
This is a Christmas challenge to retell the Christmas story in a genre-specific way that is unique and engaging. You be the Judge. This short story is my SCI-FI attempt.
Bosley was simply too thorough as an international bank accountant. He found a loose end, tied it up and wham, he's sitting on a log beside a campfire looking over his shoulder.
It was on a cold Christmas Eve, immersed in a frosty fog, when Ebenezer Scrooge, with the help of a few ghosts, took a short journey through time. But he could not change anything...or could he?
What is it really like in the classroom? Here is the gritty truth of what it is like to be in the trenches every day with your children!
This is a short writing intended to be a helpful and informative view on the subject of pressure and the certain ways people approach pressure. Along with the learning of pressure info, a humorous character non-fictional story about a man and the cute mistaken identity that has now befallen him.
Jeremy visits a natural hot spring on a mountaintop and leaves all his worries behind. But a mischevious gnome appears and spoils the heavenly bliss. Word count, 420 words.
A short story about things we may do or say which can ultimately lead to serious consequences and in this case Death.
The note read: 2346 Carpenter Lane … I’ll be waiting for you … Come alone if you value your life … The Sparrow.
Caring for one's possessions, especially if those things are part of your life sustaining occupation, is important. But when relationships are the topic, nurturing is indispensible.
"You know who I am. That is very unfortunate for you. Because I also know who you are and where you live. A word of caution—keep your nose out of the Andrews Estate affair."
A short story about how a perfect stranger with a big heart made my sons Christmas a one he will remember for the rest of his life.
The memories of the murder he committed came rushing back like rats fleeing a basement after a pipe burst. He wanted to be judged by his peers and not by God. He wanted to be taken alive and he wanted
This hub is something that I learned while staring into the screen of my Macintosh computer at my work in the newspaper business.
Fixer for famous paleontologist tries to wrest fossil of dinosaur jaw and egg from Lady Hannah Monroe who discovered them.
Sometimes, the only way one can recognize how beautiful day is to know it may be the last perfect day. Dave Faustino comes to this realization.
Verran Earth is a mirror image of our world, Terran Earth. It exists along side of us, but is independent in society and advancement. Most of the players are the same, just a different stage.
There at the emergency room, they were told that the hospital policy accepted patients who were at least clinging to life. They were turned away and the flustered paramedics would mill over that de...
It is 2467. The space ship Tereshkova finds a planet with 21st century technology has interstellar capability. The crew is obliged to make contact.
The heavy set snitch said nothing as his dark face somehow reddened. Cruz drove up in down the street in cold silence. He figured he'd stay quiet for about an hour no matter what chubby does or says.
This is a true story and hardly any of the details have been altered. I hope that you enjoy this as much as I do by remembering the participants.
What if you could go to a Disney Park where rides, shows, dreams, and plans that were imagined and supposed to be in Disney Parks but never made it in, actually existed? Well you can! Step into the fictional theme park,Neverland where you can do just that and take a VIP tour of all it has to offer!
A performer in the karaoke scene gets hit on by a youngster half her age because she encouraged him to perform a song and dance number for the sake of musical expression.
A Mother's Day poem, dedicated to my mom and all the other hard working mothers in the world who are more than just a mother, who have spent their lives tirelessly raising children, and who have given their bodies, hearts, and souls to making sure we are all alive today.
A retired school teacher receives three visitations which were each the delivery of a morbid and horrifying object. When put together, they become the key to an even larger mystery. (Word count-956)
Adriana was on the run. From what and to where she didn't know, but waiting around for the next round of assault by an evil specter was out of the question. (word count-1334)
A message from adult me to my little girl self which seeks to reassure and comfort her knowing the pain her loss of innocence.
Calvin purchased a home and was making remodeling plans, beginning with the master bedroom. In that very room, fantasy and reality seemed to be converging to create a whole new world. But was it real?
Cloe and Ivy have the same dream where the Spirit of God brings new life and purpose to them. Dr. Wong is deeply moved when they both share the dream with him.
When flood of rain threatens to wash away her colony and queen, one brave ant risks her life to try and save it all. A short story revealing the perspective of ants and their life.
Another Cub Reporter story by Scott Gese. Scott is assigned to come up with a story about Saragosa, a western cowboy town tourist attraction where he learns the hard way about whiskey in the old west.
A woman unwinds her mind to forget a lost love, a man lost at sea. Amnesia of the Future is a visit to some of Thich Nhat Hanh's writing as well as New-Age Medicine and witchery.
Anna Wronski and daughter Gita are separated by continent in 1939 under mysterious circumstances. In her old age, Anna still searches for six year old Gita.
Sometimes in today's gritty reality Christmas may seem to have lost its magic. But good hearts can turn what seems to be a tragedy into a blessing; sometimes...with a little help.
While soaking in a hot tub, a young woman struggles with self-love while contemplating a symbolic tattoo. The story is allegorically connected to the self-pollinating Chinese Orchid for a twist that brings growth.
A cold breeze brushed past his face probably reminding him of how death would feel. He could almost see the darkness opening up the floor directly in front of him and inviting him in. Daring him to step closer and join the dead.
Do not judge a person as soon as you see them. There may be more going on in their life than you realize.
Billy is living in the land of the Ishi, creatures with intelligence and the ability to speak. A terrible witch makes life miserable, even deadly. The Ishi and humans form an alliance to fight back.
Five years after being abducted from Earth and taken to Orbis, Christy has accepted the place and people, but Mark still longs for home. Mark discovers a way to escape, but can he go without her?
The horror and dark memories of the last time he stood at the door came rushing back. It taunted with him as he screamed as loud as he could. The scream echoed off the emptiness inside and attacked hi
The adrenaline that held his body tight was wearing thin as he headed for a clearing in the brush. He dropped the body by his feet and snapped out a small shovel that was secured to his belt. He looke
This short story is an mashup alternative ending to the short stories No One’s a Mystery by Elizabeth Tallent and Teenage Wasteland by Anne Tyler, based on the song Carousel by Linkin Park.
Red has a job working construction in the Midwest. He has lived in a dominantly European American area all his life and has never seen any other races. Due to his small world he lives under a rock that consists of narrow minded point of views. His escapade with alcohol turns his life upside down.
Everybody has a dream, but some dreams should never be realized…for the sake of humanity…and all the cats.
A ghost rose and tried to keep the gray shadow away from the souls. The ghost fought the downpour as it pointed to the shadow. His finger was long, bony and crooked at every natural bend.
This is a story I wrote to accompany a sketch my brother did. He's not yet read it. Hope he likes it!
Graveyards are peaceful places to walk around. We read the grave stones and ponder what their story is.
'At a remote age in the heart of Italy, a fiery tragedy' was repeatedly enacted: thus wrote Frazer in the Golden Bough about the priesthood of Nemi. His words led to this tale.
Every night Johnny went out looking for him, hoping to catch him alone and off his guard. Johnny owed him something - revenge and a slow death.
The mansion on the Andrew’s estate was in complete darkness except for a dim light that flickered in the attic.
Good grammar and mathematics are not irreconcilable. A class learns this lesson in a most unexpected way.
My father died of pancreatic cancer when I was in middle school. The people around me didn't make it any easier by refusing to leave me alone. A short creative nonfiction piece.
The young dead black woman from the city projects was beaten and then raped. Her mother worked several jobs to pay the bills and save for her only daughter's college. Living in the housing projects wa
The flash-fiction fad has yielded up this form of writing: 5-sentence stories. It's a fun activity that I enjoyed as I composed the forty included here.
Tamisha Bradford-Landen was the fifth child and only daughter of Conrad and Betsy Bradford. Tamisha married to Calvin Landen, mother of one baby and a second on the way.
A good heart is not enough. Good intentions are not enough. Sometimes there is nothing that can be done that will turn out the way you want. Wisdom is the hard-won state of acceptance.
You would think a quick trip to an old folks home would be easy wouldn't you? But sometimes things are not what they seem!
The story is about a girl whose mother taught her how to believe in herself. Her mother, who always led by example, taught her why is it important to trust oneself always, in every situation.
The emotive crest of a man contemplating suicide came in cold moments. Curtis had a pistol on the dresser with only one bullet in the chamber. It was all he needed....
Writers can be quite evil when they ought to. Come join this tale about a few writers who changed into something evil.
In many hearts, there is a rebellious spirit refusing to let go of one memory about a big blow to the self-esteem--along with a secret desire for a target to rebel against.
Where a foot path once led through a woods from one boy's house to the house his best friend, a gate and a cobblestone cart path magically appeared. Billy made a choice that changed a world. (3 parts)
Sonnets, both English and Italian, are interesting forms of poetry. I find them both challenging and interesting to write but every sonnet I have written seems to have crime or suspense as a theme.
This is a little piece of nonsense that came to me as I was sorting socks. It was inspired by the same problem at our house. This flash fiction is suitable for children.
The first part of a Fantasy Novella. About a Queen, her general and lover, and a fallen King consumed by hatred.
Today was her wedding day yet the scene she was witnessing was a scene she loathed seeing. There she was and she was like a witch with her blood red lips and red polished pointed nails. And she felt that raw pain again starting to sprout. Will she never leave her in peace?
Almost all human interaction involves the use of promises and lies at some level. Many people make promises but not all intend to keep them. It is quite a skill to seperate the truth from lies.
According to Luke 15, there are four lost things and people. However, people often count only three of them. READ this article to see that you, too, could be lost.
She couldn't decide what to do. But her love for her family took over and she found herself agreeing to an arranged marriage. Perhaps it could work?
Pushing through the flames one body at a time he knew that the destruction of human life would be minimal. That was his plan, that was his goal.
Three were chosen. Their task was to watch the cemetery and signal the vampire population should the fateful day come that would release a terror such as the world had never seen. (word count 1510)
666 at 3Am. Will you invite the devil in or are you just wasting sleep. This is my story of shouting 666 at 3 am .
He would laugh and throw his head back like he forgot that Emily had died twenty years ago. He kissed the broom and he pushed the imaginary hair out of Emily's face which was sweaty from the dancing.
This is the heartbreaking story of a psychiatric patient from the careless days of electroconvulsive therapy which was used, quite often it seems, as a means of behavior control in mental hospitals.
My first Western short story. A great big tip of the Stetson to Jason Whitman for allowing me to use his excellent photo. Jason Whitman Photography
After a month and a half of tormenting grief and despondency, Ivy shakes her fist at God and turns a corner. Dr. Wong himself is depressed, alarming his family. He pays a special visit to the chapel.
Felipe had a calling, but his current employment prevents him from getting it. That is until he turns a potential accident into a spectacle.
This piece is dedicated to the victims, survivors, friends and families of those involved in the Humboldt bus accident that was occurred on April 6, 2018 while carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team to game 5 in the playoff series. With all due love and respect. RIP to those lost.
In this short story, a barista admits a very troubling first day on the job, to say the least. Action rises quickly. Near the end, her end, she is fired. Pun intended.
An old man spends his days shuffling around the city in search of the lost wealth of her citizens. For 30 years, he had persistently sought and found the lost coins, but for what purpose? (1260 words)
A Cub Reporter story. Cub reporter Scott, is assigned to go on a cattle drive at the Saragosa Dude Ranch. It's a humorous tale as the "Dudes" interact with the ranch hands.
How do we look back on things in our life that stand out. The way we treated people who are no longer with us? Is is with regret or can we truly say we did the best we knew how?
Sometimes, many times, it is those colorful, unusual people who pass through our lives who we remember the most.
A retired school teacher receives three visitations which were each the delivery of a morbid and horrifying object. When put together, they become the key to an even larger mystery. (Word count-1249)
Two scientists venture to the ocean floor to research geological faults of the Baja Peninsula. High water temp forces them to abandon the mission but places them in even greater danger. 1000 words.
Amazing things are happening for Ivy now that her cousin James and Aunt Gwen are by her side and participating in her recovery. Thomas Gimmler seeks to rebuild his life, beginning with his marriage.
The Unhappy Princess A long time ago, in a land no longer remembered, there was a kingdom in which lived the saddest princess in all the world. Why was she so unhappy? Well, I'll tell you, but you may be surprised to hear it, for her sadness...
How could something so beautiful be fooled by a simple flame? It will flutter and struggle, and in the end die from its fascination with something it will never have.
Thomas Gimmler is attacked by friend Murray Stricklen, and the ensuing fight leaves Stricklen seriously injured. Stricken by what his life has become, Thomas goes to the chapel seeking solace.
Sam and Hene got to the farm for a Police interview, and got more than they bargained for, but things aren't over, the Drug barons are out for revenge, and someone's in their sights!
Why are we here? When others play the victim, do we adopt the hero? In this story, I come face-to-face with some of the harsher aspects of our reality, homelessness and gut-wrenching depression.
This is an attempt to write flash fiction....except it is non-fiction. It is a true story from my childhood
Savannah Georgia has always been a place of mystery and beauty. What better place for a tale of restless spirits and magic. Music is timeless and rife with memories, as you will soon see.
Ivy's life was as cruel as the storm. She didn't ask for that to come but fate was not so kind to her. There were so many things that she was asking herself. What fault had she done to be in this situation?