Flash Fiction Online http://flashfictiononline.com/main Short Stories in a 1000 words or fewer Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:49:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i2.wp.com/flashfictiononline.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/animated_favicon1.gif?fit=16%2C16 Flash Fiction Online http://flashfictiononline.com/main 32 32 45946651 Indispensable http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/indispensable/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/indispensable/#respond Sun, 01 Nov 2020 02:19:34 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6546 He’s the only Indispensable on staff at the high-rise’s coffee shop, and it’s easy to see why. It’s not just his looks; companies claim that outward appearances don’t factor into job permanence decisions, but have you ever seen an ugly Indispensable? Yeah. Me, either. Personally, if I had to guess, I’d say it’s because of his smile. […]

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Invisible Ones http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/invisible-ones/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/invisible-ones/#respond Sun, 01 Nov 2020 02:18:06 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6543 Her hands give me the first hint something’s wrong. As she pulls up to my drive-thru window, her knuckles are white where she grips the steering wheel. She offers a fistful of singles and coins, exact change for the meager order. “Thank you, ma’am,” I say, divvying the money into the till as I keep […]

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Feet like Wheels http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/feet-like-wheels/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/feet-like-wheels/#respond Sun, 01 Nov 2020 02:16:05 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6539 I snap awake and focus on a sheet of paper taped above my bed. It reads “Get Going, Lily Sandoval.” In ten minutes I’m down the stairs dressed. Move like the person behind you is catching up. I’ve done that since I was eight, when my father and I jogged around the park. At twelve […]

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Poise and Grace http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/poise-and-grace/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/poise-and-grace/#respond Sun, 01 Nov 2020 02:11:35 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6541 The day was sliding into the night when Dint tightened the last rivet, swiveling her wrist until that final washer squealed against the wood. By the time the stars flickered on, she had replaced her tools in their storage tins, locked the hangar doors, and tucked Father’s key into the notch above her elbow, where […]

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Winds of Change http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/winds-of-change/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/winds-of-change/#respond Sun, 01 Nov 2020 02:04:33 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6537 John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” Here at Flash Fiction Online, we’re ready for change and looking to the future in a fundamental way. Effective 1 January 2021, I will be stepping down as […]

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Ghost Collecting http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/ghost-collecting/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/ghost-collecting/#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2020 04:00:41 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6508 The Craig’s List ad read: For Sale or Trade. Rocking chair: vintage, lightweight, sturdy, haunted. Purchaser should feel comfortable with otherworldly companionship. Ghosts attached to chair do not appear to be hostile or dangerous. No warranty. Final sale. No return. Serious inquiry only. $25. There was a photograph attached. The chair was ugly. Mud-colored roses […]

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Fences and Full Moons http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/fences-and-full-moons/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/fences-and-full-moons/#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2020 04:00:39 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6516 They’d accepted that Leo was a werewolf. Invested in the thick steel chains, silver jewelry, and poured cement kennel. His father, Clark, watched fifty-seven YouTube videos from other parents discussing building techniques, how to sink footings deep, wrap fencing beneath the structure, wire a solar array on the kennel’s roof to generate electricity. He wanted […]

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Bats for Bats http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/bats-for-bats/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/bats-for-bats/#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2020 04:00:36 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6522 I started a new job a few weeks ago.  I’m working as a personal assistant to a friend of mine who runs a handful of small online business ventures.  One of her shops sells holiday-themed home decor.  Being October, she’s just wrapping up her Hallowe’en sales. I’ve been prepping, packaging, labeling, and mailing bats.  Lots […]

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Waiting for Beauty http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/waiting-for-beauty/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/waiting-for-beauty/#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2020 04:00:25 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6518 He wakes before dawn to prepare her breakfast. The spoons and pot-handles are clumsy in his curving claws, but the servants all left long ago, and so he has learned to make do. The breakfast is not what he would wish it to be; getting supplies is difficult these days. He found two eggs in […]

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Larry http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/larry/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/larry/#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2020 04:00:11 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6512 I’m not exactly sure what Larry does. I’ve worked in this office building eight years now and haven’t figured it out. Larry was here when I started and he still appears. Not all the time. Not every day. Sometimes I’ll go a week without seeing him. But he always pops back up. By the coffee […]

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