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Flash fiction stories vary in length from anywhere between one hundred to one thousand words. The aim of flash fiction is to ensure every word is absolutely necessary. Stories in this category can cover any of the fiction genres, the challenge being to engage the reader and tell a complete story within a limited number of words.

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The True Story of Rapunzel

The witch never knew what trouble teenagers could be until Rapunzel turned fifteen. The girl whined constantly about boredom. She complained at every turn about her milk, bread, and honey diet, though it had been perfectly acceptable until now. Worst of all, she only had one dress and it was green. She hated green. In a moment of impatient weakness, the witch cursed Rapunzel with...Read On

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Father Bicgock

Father Bicgock was making his rounds at the Chapel when he came upon Sister Margaret weeping. "What is wrong, dear Sister?" Bicgock asked, sitting beside her. "My hand," Margaret replied, "It is broken." Her left hand was in a sling and wrapped in a cast. "I had a nasty fall and broke it, but it doesn't hurt anymore." "That looks quite damaged," Bicgock said, "But why must you weep if you...Read On

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Harborers of Hate

I don't know to free myself....

Hate gives us peace of mind. Knowing that we are feeling something relaxes us in a twisted, unknown way. Hate convinces us that it is all we have left. That, there is no fight left in us. That it will always be a bubbling misery that sits inside our minds, waiting to spread like a flame throughout our bodies. A black snake that slithers into our hearts, hell bent on devouring and destroying...Read On

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Jack and Jill: Two Minutes

How would you spend your last two minutes?

**Legend has it, the greatest thief of all time spent two minutes drinking a glass of wine with his shadow after he killed his victim**. Jack trembled as he placed the gun in his mouth. Taking one last breath, he closed his eyes and pulled the trigger. BANG! Jack opened his eyes in shock. His gun misfired. Nothing seemed to be going his way. He threw the gun down on the sofa and made his...Read On

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The Info-mercial From Hell?

Was it real or a nightmare?

xxx Oh, the horror, the horror. Did I really watch this on late-late-night TV or is it just the memory of a  soul-shattering, mind-altering nightmare from the lowest level of hell? If you have the nerve, read on to learn what I remember and decide for yourself .   ---   Great news! We’ve just come up with our latest can’t-possibly-miss idea for anyone interested in becoming rich...Read On

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Beginning / Endings

Through the valley Up the mountain Over the hills Stars shine bright A new moon very low Romance  and joy Full of life Shorter winter days Autumn sunny and hot The falling of leaves Misty early morning Feeling the cold Bitter Frost The sun in gold Brilliant colors The sunset glows Spring begins, and winter  is no more I have seen death And it has seemed to me Hush awakenings...Read On

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Falling Into Darkness

"The trouble is, you think you have time." - Buddha

As Emma stumbled down the empty hallway of her apartment, she tripped and grasped the wall to keep herself from falling. She steadied herself and smoothed her black dress that fell just above her knees. “Shit,” she mumbled. After regaining some balance, Emma stumbled into her bedroom. She sighed as she looked around her room. Her desk was neatly organized, sheets folded neatly on her bed,...Read On

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Know It!

His Ego. Her Self Respect. Their Silence.

 

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Nightmare Diaries: Hotel Linens

Disclaimer: This rambling may be disturbing to some and/or contain triggers.

 

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Stormy Sea

You're playing tricks with my mind....

Whoosh! Whoosh! Sky rumbling with thunder and lightening! Waves shaking the ship, hard. "Sailor! What can you see up there?" "A lighthouse, Captain!" "A lighthouse!?! Are you sure?" "Aye! Captain!" "Are you really sure? Your hazy mind might be tricking you!" "Aye! Captain! I am very sure!" "How can it be? We are in the middle of the ocean, for crying out loud sailor!" "It's behind...Read On

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Siren's Song

beyond the mist....

Of all nights, strong waves crashing into the rocks hiding the lighthouse tower. When she heard someone singing a despairing song. The voice gets louder, overpowering the sound of the waves. The waves started to calm, the mist subsides. A lady sitting by the rocks. Her long black hair, blowing by the winds. "I am waiting for you, my love. Come to me in this lonely sea by the moon." She...Read On

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On Warding Off Would-Be Witnesses

How she made them go away without being rude.

Becky  Lee Tyler had thoroughly enjoyed trying on the new lingerie with its sheer baby-doll top and ridiculously skimpy, matching panties. The special birthday present she’d ordered for her husband had just arrived. After an extended period of fiddling with the gossamer outfit, and trying out different poses in front of the bedroom's full-length mirror, she knew, just knew, almost for...Read On

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Now and Forever

"Damn you," I spat out, "You promised me forever. What happened to our forever?"

 

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The only one who truly shares my entire life with…

The people we meet in our lives. They come, they go. Some stay for awhile...

  The conversations between a professor and a student in and evening class some time ago... The professor said to the students, “Let's play a game. Who'll be the volunteer for it?” Someone came forward, her name was Galaxy. The professor said, “Please list the 20 most important names in your life on the blackboard!” Galaxy listed her family, her friends, her colleagues and...Read On

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Memories in a cloud

what do you see in clouds

Richard lay down on the grass in the garden holding a chewed ball, looking up at the clouds.  Seeing the familiar shapes floating past. He watched a Rocketship float passed, a shark swimming quickly, and then an image of his old dog. Just for a moment, she was there.  It was as if she was still watching over him.  He missed her.  “She is suffering you have to let her go!” his mum had...Read On

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The Wish

If only wishes do come true...

She is walking by the beach and found a lamp, dusted it by rubbing the body thrice. When smoke comes out of it and appears a genie. "Thank you for getting me out of there. Three wishes will be granted to you." The genie graciously said. She looked at him and said, "You'll grant me wishes?" "Indeed my lady. State them, and I'll oblige." Bowing his head. "The wish is that to make me forget...Read On

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Dog Day Afternoon: Happiness, Hula Hoops, Huskies

Some days you dance for the amusement of a drone, while bemused puppies watch. These things happen.

It’s called Puppy Park for a reason. And today, that reason is obvious. There are canines of all kinds roaming around. English bulldogs and French bulldogs loping around lazily. A Jack Russell terrier is running around at a furious pace, a tiny brown-and-white blur nudging a kiddie soccer ball, growling at other dogs who want to join the fun. A gigantic golden retriever fighting to hold onto...Read On

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Delusion

Delusion. It exists, at least to some degree, before us all, shaping our perceptions to varying degrees, allowing one to hold so steadfast to a position which denies the humbling reality of honest introspection. Yet, it is through the apathy of others that such deceptions persist throughout, unchallenged for want of integrity or desire, knowledge or power, respect or honesty. And so, it...Read On

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Sailing away to a new life

Sailing away to a new life

Sailing away to a new life There was a clash of thunder and a flash of lightning.  The rain lashed down, soaking Peter Donnie as he stood there looking back at the city.  His rucksack on his shoulder, and a carrier bag with some of his clothes “All I have in the world.  Not a lot to show for ten years of marriage.” He thought to himself. He stood there no emotion showing on his face as...Read On

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Love Hurts

When you thought he is the one...

Kiera Knightley is singing Lost Stars in the background as she stuffs her mouth with a dozen of Krispy cream donuts till it chokes her while her eyes are pouring tears. "Why? Oh, why?" She said, garbled. Mouth still full of donuts. "What is wrong with me?" Coughing. Kiera still singing in the background. She grabs another, this time a bar of chocolate and stuffs the whole bar to her...Read On

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The Lost Wish

Be careful what you wish for...

The caravan made it to the last oasis before finally getting home. The trip by all accounts had been successful. After the camels had been bedded down and the men had finished their evening meal of mutton and couscous, they began to talk of finally making it home and what they expected from their homecomings. The graphic details were too much for the old man. He had lost his wife and sole...Read On

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Un-Invited

I am a stranger in a strange land standing here alone at the balcony railing, as I have done so often in the past looking down watching the scene un-fold below. With it, all like being something out of Dylan’s Desolation Row, and being able to see all yet, not being seen. As I stand here in reflective thought and contemplating the reason(s) or the folly of my being here as I stand here...Read On

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Sound Of Thunder

Lying here hearing the sound of thunder coming from the front that rolled in during the night, and sometime during or after the midnight hour as I find myself drifting off to dream. Starting to begin the crossing of those blue hills on the border there, as I enter into the realm of Morpheus, the dream lord and finding myself drifting deeply and crossing the river. Knowing that you are also...Read On

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Saved By The Pink Panther

Our dreams can teach us many things, including empathy...

We hiked through the tall pines, down the steep embankment, in the shadow of the majestic railway hotel, until we reached the icy waters below. Why I was carrying an arm full of books, I do not know. As I reached the river’s edge, to the right, I saw a flash of brown and heard a growly whimper. I immediately knew where there was a baby; the mama was nearby. My friends hurried away from...Read On

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Mental Hospital Chapter 1

My heart pounds as I struggle against the three grown men, in their stark whites. Strong arms with sinewy muscles grip my wrists as I fight back with all I have to get loose, but it is not enough. My ears pound from the cacophony of excited voices trying to subdue me, anything to get me to surrender as I kick my legs up. I reply with grunts and expletives. I managed to snag a set of keys...Read On

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Just A Little Tickle

It was a cold and rainy night.

My Uncle Dave was an electrician by trade much like his father, my Grandpa Vernon. He retired from the power company and became a private electrician. One night we were in town for a visit to Grandma Mary and it came up a windy rain storm. Uncle Dave came in and sat down and related the following story. He had just been called over to “Old Lady ___’s.” She had lost power during the storm...Read On

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Being Scared

I am scared, used, and eventually discarded.

I am generally not scared of anything, but recently I have lived a life of terror, of being constantly afraid. Do you understand what those words mean, how you feel when you experience being afraid. Probably not! But there again, you’re not me are you. You don’t have to stay indoors and wait for the door to open and then for someone to approach you. You don’t have to wonder what will...Read On

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Surfing Santas and Sandmen

Minus two with freezing fog? Not this year

Catrin ran full tilt, her bare feet kicking up sand. Gleaming in the sunlight, her long auburn hair billowed out behind her like a sheet of flames. Without breaking stride, she glanced over her shoulder, and shrieking, picked up the pace. With the bells on her felt antlers jangling raucously and peals of laughter ringing from her throat, heads turned to look as Catrin smashed headlong into...Read On

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Beauty in Ruin

Stalking the essences of a dream, I meander throughout the streets that have become rubble. It is quiet, unsettlingly so, but there is beauty in ruin. I dream of the little things. The way fiery sunlight glows against the sand-dusted buildings, the way soft moonlight shimmers on old street signs. It is hard to remember and easy to forget, but if I close my eyes, I can still taste the rice...Read On

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A Summer Dogs Day

Just gag me with a dog

Man it’s hot today! One of those fry an egg on the side walk August killers. No breeze either. Look that dead dog is still there in the ditch. Boy, is it bloated up now! It’s been five days. Surprised it hasn’t popped yet in this heat. Later… Sure be glad when I can get back to the warehouse and chill in the AC awhile. These deliveries are fun but that sun is scorch’in! Wish the AC worked...Read On