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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 Runes

During the last days of the Christmas of the year in which the nineteenth century ended, the expedition led by Robert Ustinov managed to reach the North Pole. Robert Ustinov had consumed his last energies to get the goal before the end of the year and had instructed to his friends to install the tents a few hundred meters from the geographic North Pole. Once the members of the group...Read On

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The Night Of The Crusaders

Love and hate in the Middleages

The Emir Bishr presides over the act. It is the commemoration of a historical event that took place in the Holy Land. His daughter, Salima follows him up to the rostrum to accompany her father on the spot. She seems aloof, and her face is clouded by something that she tries to hide behind her carefully composed expression. This night is the celebration of the moment when the crusaders...Read On

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The diver

During the night of Saint John was going to carry out an important experiment in the blue waters of French Guiana. The lights of hundreds of bonfires on the beach reflected themselves on a boat anchored not far from the shore, aboard which a diver was preparing his diving suit. Carlos de Ayanz, a direct descendant of Jerónimo de Ayanz, the Navarran engineer who designed a diving suit in...Read On

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The DEATH took away an iron man after 80 hours lying under the three layers of concrete

The story is telling us about a simple man, how much he persevered with his passion for life.

Based on a true story, which took place in Sichuan, China after a massive earthquake on 12 May 2008. In his last few words, he said, ‘I am the first one who is lying under the three layers of concrete in the world. I don’t have any great ambition in my life. All I want to do is just sharing a quiet life with my adored wife. I won’t give my family up. I need to be tough. I have to be tough...Read On

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Souls

The souls are the vortices that surround the matter and infuse it with life. They rotate in an eternal dance obeying those laws which live in space and time. They become visible in the twilight hours. Dreams are the pillars on which rest the soul's longing to find refuge in other souls. Dreams suggest, illuminate the destiny of the events that souls live in their waking hours. They are...Read On

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The Master

When he was a child, dreamed about the heroes of his videogames. Sometimes imagined starring in an epic battle in which the bad was definitely defeated. But he felt that in a way, his world perception was different from that of others. He grew up in a space and time that were parallel and different from those that manifested around him. The reality in which he lived was a different one. But...Read On

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Inertia

They had arrived at that place by chance and never knew why they were always dragged to one of the walls of the house. It was also curious that this happened not with the same intensity and regardless of whether it was day or night. That morning a light breeze from the north began to blow, but after a while, the force of the wind grew until it became a hurricane. Eolo sent his servant...Read On

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The Storyteller

He couldn't find a way to write good flash fiction. He had the illusion, he had attended courses on this type of writing, the inspiration behaved very well with him, but nevertheless, his small works did not have the expected success. One day he thought of giving his readers personalized stories. He suggested that they send him the topic on which they would like to have a flash fiction, and...Read On

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The Translator (II, final part)

In his right hand he carried a hexagonal object and in the left a small sphere. A holographic reading of the hexagonal piece showed the content, which we had to decrypt, of the details of the Alpha Centauri solar system. The sphere, however, contained more general information about the Cosmos, matter, the objects that form it, and the innumerable laws governing its evolution. We called...Read On

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The Translator (I)

No one can imagine that currently living in the year 3214 of the Christian era; there are still professions such as mine. My work is a mixture of intuition and science. I'm an archaeologist. And as it is also an activity that is not without surprises, I never thought that I would find a finding of biblical magnitudes. In one of my work visits to Jerusalem, a Palestinian friend told me that...Read On

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Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 11, Journey South

Would their change in latitude change any attitudes?

  Alexandria, a small, nondescript city on the Red River in central Louisiana, is the symbolic checkpoint separating the state’s French, Catholic south from its Scots-Irish, Protestant north. In the pre-interstate days, a two-lane highway weaved its way south from town toward Baton Rouge. A picturesque, tree-lined bayou flanked one side of the road. On the other side were pastures and a...Read On

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Grapes

Christmas was never one of his favorite celebrations. The reunion of all, the children's uproar, the inevitable tensions between the members of the family, made him stand guard in the face of those “special” days. His sisters, married to a banker and a construction worker, had brought him seven beautiful nephews, and when the family reunies, the coexistence become an ordeal. However, this...Read On

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Autumn

The day threatened with its gray tones the peace and quiet of Laura. Those days made her fall into a deep melancholy and grief. The leaves of the trees drew a multicolored landscape that contrasted with the shadows and depths of her thoughts. Raindrops wept over the window panes of the huge windows, and Laura, pensive in front of them, threshed her past and future, trying to find, in an...Read On

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Reflections on the monster

I have to seek the help of a psychiatrist. My job requires being in permanent tension, and that is taking its toll on me. I am single, and I work in stock exchange, and my working days are eternal, frequently they last for more than twelve hours. I am accumulating a good amount of money, but my health is being affected by that. Sometimes it appears without warning. I am so calm and zas!,...Read On

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Enthalpy

Chaos, that's what I found in the company when I got back from a work trip. The secretaries were on a sit-down strike, the salesmen had practically abandoned their duties, the counselors and commanders had succumbed to despair, and the production line had dropped its performance by more than fifty percent. I announced clearly my instructions before I left for the two-week trip to the Far...Read On

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L'important c'est la Rose...

Waiting for a love that will come one day.

It’s been an eternity since he was sitting on the bench in the pouring rain. It’s been an eternity since the skies have forgotten how the blue might have looked. It’s been an eternity since Heaven and Earth had been washed together by the ashen grey diluted in every raindrop and every speck of cloud. He was raining for ages inside. The pain of the abandoned heart was gathering into...Read On

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A matter of honor

It was a matter of honor. He fired first and failed. The face of joy of his opponent contrasted with the grimace of despair that reflected his features. As the Napoleon adviser, he should be far from here, at Versailles, waiting to be received by the Emperor. In an instant, his mind remembered the events that had given rise to this duel. Nothing mattered anymore. He had never wanted his...Read On

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The store room

Spirits are prone to inhabit parts of the house that are not respectable. They occupy the storeroom for example, where there is a thousand mysterious and useless gossip, among which is my marriage. I get along very well with those spirits, impregnated with those old things. When I have time, I go up to the attic and chat with them. They tell me about their experiences, about the souls of...Read On

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The small blanket

The small blanket Eight years she turned last week. Cheerful eight years, her innocent life full of dreams. One fateful day in November, one morning on the way to school, she was daydreaming when it happened. Someone came looking for me to tell me. Without knowing how I reached out to the abyss and the black darkness enveloped my soul. I put her blanket over part of her body, the...Read On

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Gobdrum the wise

An apprentice of sage visited Gobdrum to ask him what were the secrets of wisdom. Gobdrum lived in a cave, an obscure place that very frequently was visited by the beings of the forest. A tunic was the only clothes he wore, and his long white hair contrasted with the darkness of his skin. The magician, free from all human weaknesses, was dedicated to answering the questions of everybody...Read On

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It is very cold out there

In the terminally-ill cancer patient area of one of Houston's hospitals, a man listens attentively to what an ill person laid on his bed confesses to him. “My son, Al-Andalus has always been my home, outside of Al-Andalus the soul feels very cold. Today is the fourth day of the week of the first month of the Hegira year of 1439, corresponding to Christian calendar of February 27, 2017....Read On

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Samarkand and Alexander

Arrian, the biographer of Alexander the Great, says: ... and Alexander said to Samarcanda: “I will conquer you as a lover conquer his lover. I will fill you with luxuries and riches, and your existence will be known all over the world, for your beauty and your treasures.” And Samarkand responded with silence. Because she knew, that many of her people would die or expelled from her womb,...Read On

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The sugar glider

I was in the hospital. I was admitted after a week of having a high fever. That evening, when everything was quiet, I went out into the hall. I needed to leave the room, even for a moment. I was very surprised that the dropper that they put on me to administer acetaminophen into the vein was no longer hanging from my arm. Besides, I did not wear my pajamas, but I was dressed in the same...Read On

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RIP Rudolph Valentino

Little kitten, you never learned to meow properly in the short time we had you. You made weird, half-assed cat noises, now it is very, very quiet at meal times. I will miss coming home to find you sleeping on the end of my bed, or sometimes to find your poo on my bedroom floor. I will miss how easily wound up you were, and the scratches you gave me from constantly messing with you. I will...Read On

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Ouija

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It all started as a game. A macabre game that was transformed into a horrible nightmare. She looked at me. Her sad eyes foreshadowed what was going to happen. And before midnight, in the way hours before had unveiled that spirit board, she died in my arms. With a slight and definite sigh, she left her body. And the spirit board refused to continue playing.  ...Read On

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About cheeses and mice

Charlie, the mouse, got up that morning wanting to eat cheese. He got stealthily out of hiding place and having taken precautions reached the kitchen. It was deserted, and he thought, Hmm, how wonderful! Not without difficulty, he has managed to climb to the cupboard where he hoped to find a tasty gruyere cheese. But what his eyes saw was a fruit bowl full of apples. When the apples saw...Read On

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Back to Eridani

We arrived at this place a long time ago, the place of the Universe to which the souls lost like ours arrive. And we have lived and shared almost everything here. Your children, who are my children, preferred to stay on Earth. This is an inhospitable place, I know, but it is our home. Helpless, how many nights I spent sitting by your bed when you were sick, out of time, not knowing how...Read On

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Extraordinary wives

It is very difficult to be the wife of a dictator. In addition to all household duties, the husband must be instructed to direct the country well. It's a grueling task. And then there is the issue of the press. They are like vultures, always making offensive statements. On the other hand, and after embarking on charity works we are called hypocrites. And finally, when we spend our money,...Read On

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Small great moments

They watch me during class. They are very brazen. I do as if it had nothing to do with me. They throw paper balls at me. I remember when I was in my mother's womb and could not be born. I was aware of my mother's desperation, and I also thought that I would stay inside her forever. And she was so beautiful on the inside as on the outside. I remember the cold winter mornings when my mother...Read On

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The way

You are that called to create a new order. Turn and look into the eyes of those who strive to stay on the way. Offer your hand for help them to move forward, and thousands of hands will raise you until you touch the heaven. Gather the army of souls who are waiting for your signal to change the face of the earth and contemplate how the future surrenders to your desires for peace, love,...Read On