Tag Archives: Flash Fiction

The Essential Problem

Like many across the city, Jeff had caught the Pigeon Virus. Quarantined, he sat on the roof of his apartment building with his also-infected neighbor, Bill. “This virus is a pain,” said Bill. “No kidding,” said Jeff. “Stuck at home.” … Continue reading

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The Truth About Unicorns

When magic returned to the world in 2042, many things took getting used to. For instance, Hannah rode upon a winged unicorn as she approached the boat dock. Even more, the unicorn talked. “It’s true,” said Rainfly, her unicorn. “No … Continue reading

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Sheltering In Place

A young office worker, following the shelter-in-place order, chatted with remote friends. OW: I’ve binge-watched the entire Cheers and Friends series. What next? FRIEND1: Don’t know. Boredom is killing me! FRIEND2: Practicing my drums. Neighbor threatened to shoot me. OW: … Continue reading

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A Painful, Safe Place

Sheriff Moulson knew Franklin was an alien. But as folks went, he was a ray of light. What Moulson absolutely hated was when Franklin constantly played Madonna songs in the diner. Still, when floodwaters threatened the whole town, Franklin was … Continue reading

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Stealing Jobs

The curtain closed and all the android actors retreated backstage to their charging pads. All except Theodore. He withdrew his cell phone and began recording, “It’s so hard getting an acting job since androids stole all the parts on Broadway. … Continue reading

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The Toto Problem

Brothers Evan and Bruce McCormick produced the first hyperspace drive in a red barn in Kansas. The first flight proved enormously successful; getting home was the problem. The controller, cobbled from Bruce’s Sega game system proved inadequate for control. Evan … Continue reading

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Resourcefulness

Life had been difficult since the Pytharga invaded. Humanity held on, proving more resourceful than the alien Snails expected. “I hate it when it rains,” said Georgi. “Perfect weather for the Snails.” “I know,” said Nadya, gazing out rain-streaked kitchen … Continue reading

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