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What I Understand Now

Molly was twenty-four when she woke up one morning, discovered she was already dead, and shortly thereafter asked me to bury her alive. Our paths had diverged after Ole Miss: she got a house and a husband amongst the ancestral oaks of Oxford, while I jetted off to San Francisco for a job in tech. […]

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Ice Cream and English Summers

Six months pregnant, and I should have been happy. Six words to fire me, and I should have been angry. Instead, I drifted in a fugue. Spring faded, summer swelled, and our lives were falling apart. “I’m hungry,” you said. “I’m hot,” I answered. So we went for ice cream. June heat, dirty pavements, crowded […]

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James Brown Is Alive And Doing Laundry In South Lake Tahoe

From the editors: Over the past ten and a half years with Flash Fiction Online, we’ve seen hundreds of great stories. But for every editor, there are those few that keep coming back, that are never forgotten, whose titles pop up every time someone asks for your favorites. Stefanie Freele’s “James Brown Is Alive and […]

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Hungry

From the editors: I’m not generally a fan of stories from a child’s POVs. I find a lot of stories with young narrators take the tack of making the prose almost overly simplistic (short sentences, and simple words), in order perhaps to make it clear this is a child speaking. For me, the best stories […]

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The Ghost In Angelica’s Room

Dad still comes into my room at night, even though he’s dead. I don’t know why he bothers, but he does. First time it happened, I thought I imagined him. But I can hear his breathing, can feel the mattress shift when he sits down on my bed next to Winston, who purrs and tucks […]

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Illustration of man and woman kissing by Dario Bijelac

The Hole Where Andy Used to Be

The hole where Andy used to be came downstairs and sat at the kitchen table. I served him a plate of eggs before I remembered the hole never ate. As I took it back to place in the fridge, I felt like a fool. Not much later, I found the hole where Andy used to […]

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Illustration of man and woman kissing by Dario Bijelac

The Comedian

Nina’s Saturday has begun just like the past three weeks. In the kitchen, she makes herself a bowl of Cheerios. It’s a weekend, so she treats herself to a jar of blueberry yogurt. She twists the lid off and licks the smear. It’s 3:00. Chloe is picking her up soon. It’s darkening outside. There’s a […]

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Illustration of man and woman kissing by Dario Bijelac

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

The day after the Russians launch their satellite into space, Jacqueline and I skip school and hide in her attic. We spend hours looking through all the junk her mother keeps up here, chew Turkish taffy and cherry lumps until we feel sick, and tell each other all of the worst jokes we know—including the […]

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Illustration of man and woman kissing by Dario Bijelac

Royce Is Not My Father

We needed groceries, so we pawned my sister’s leg. Not her leg, but the prosthetic with a steel pylon tibia and detachable foam foot that once belonged to her father, Royce. Royce is also the name of the leg. The leg now hangs above compression socks, enema bulbs, and breast pumps in the medical supply […]

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Rachel Unerased

“I’m thinking of painting the front porch,” my grandmother said. “Maybe a bright spring yellow.” I trapped the phone against one ear with my shoulder. “Gram? Did you hear what I said?” “Hmm?” “I said, ‘I have something to tell you,’ and you said, ‘Me too’ and I said, ‘I’m gay,’ and you said, ‘I’m […]

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