Tag: 2020-Flash-04

Where She Belonged

Where She Belonged

Crystal raced through the corridor, her breath hitching. The old wooden floor cracked beneath her feet but she was used to the unstable surface. She threw herself at the door as she placed the key in the lock, the only way to get it to open. Right then, a high pitched yell tore through the […]

Three Children at a Bus Stop Make the Best Philosophers

Three Children at a Bus Stop Make the Best Philosophers

Darius asks the question, and Ronnie chants, “I know! I know!”, but Sally is the oldest, so she goes first. Sally: I believe that when we’re away at school, Mommy recharges at home! Ronnie: Recharges?! Sally: Uh-huh! Like a big ol’ battery! Sally: As soon as our bus leaves, she zombie-walks home- Darius: No! Sally: […]

On the Flip Side

On the Flip Side

Alina throws her bag on the countertop and fixes herself a toast while dancing to the tune of her latest remix on her headphones. She doesn’t hear the creaking sound of Aunt Melania’s wheelchair reaching the kitchen. Neither does she listen to the rising number of Corona virus cases airing on the radio. The next […]

Ivory Tower

Ivory Tower

Nobody in the little town knew why Sofie, the old spinster, always had a mysterious smile on her lips. As long as people remembered, they had seen her walking between her apartment and the grocery store, constantly alone, wearing the same coat and the same smile. The reason for her satisfaction was kept in darkness […]

Homes Limitations

Homes Limitations

Harmonies blending perfectly around the holiday table as each sings their long-rehearsed part from time immemorial. Sitting at the piano in a dark room, the wood burning stove filling the space with a red glow and a chestnut odor, while the notes mingle in comforting syncopation with the crackling of the fire inside and the […]

The Isolated Mind

The Isolated Mind

Here he goes again; every time someone comes in he repeats the whole spiel. He’s sick of this, bored at home, tired of having to wear a mask, annoyed he can’t visit more often and it’s all the fault of his least favourite politician, he says. He told me about Covid-19 and that he’s only […]

Back to My Island

Back to My Island

Twenty years ago, we answered our great king’s call to war. Seventy-five of us left our island to join the great fleet. I was their prince but only the first among equals. We were young, eager and ready to fight to avenge our king’s honour. We joined so many others like us and laid siege […]

Ghost in the Sky

Ghost in the Sky

Nothing ever touches Brenda’s feet. She wants to remember what it feels like, but she can’t, not with her bones wasted away. She can’t remember the feeling of wind to cheek; fish curry to lips; grassy fields to eyes. Now, all she ever sees are stars. The blue and green planet becomes smaller and smaller. […]

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