Flash Fiction Online http://flashfictiononline.com/main Short Stories in a 1000 words or fewer Thu, 02 Jul 2020 03:08:47 +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 The Lie http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/the-lie-2/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/the-lie-2/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 04:00:39 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6420 The hours had passed with the miraculous rapidity which tinctures time when one is on the river, and now overhead the moon was a gorgeous yellow lantern in a greyish purple sky. The punt was moored at the lower end of Glover’s Island on the Middlesex side, and rose and fell gently on the ebbing […]

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One Black Feather http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/one-black-feather/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/one-black-feather/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 04:00:29 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6407 James saw the feather Monday morning, after Lyla had gone to work. Just one black feather, long as his pinky finger, lying half-crushed on the pink sheet on her side of the bed. It took a few minutes for his brain to catch up with his eyes, and then he looked again and really saw […]

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FXXK WRITING: DO IT—TWELVE LESSONS FROM TWENTY YEARS IN THE ARTS | LESSON 11: CONSOLATION PRIZES http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/fxxk-writing-do-it-twelve-lessons-from-twenty-years-in-the-arts-lesson-11-consolation-prizes/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/fxxk-writing-do-it-twelve-lessons-from-twenty-years-in-the-arts-lesson-11-consolation-prizes/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 04:00:05 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6419 September 2019  marks the twentieth anniversary of Jay’s decision to become a writer. His gift to you all this celebratory year is DO IT – Twelve hard lessons on learning by failing, succeeding by accident, never giving up and saying FXXK WRITING all at the same time. You’re welcome! * * * What are the […]

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Secret Keepers http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/secret-keepers/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/secret-keepers/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 04:00:01 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6412 That night, I bring home buckets of rocks plucked from the shore and spread them across the driftwood table in our dining room. “Earth bones,” I say, when Jo, my partner, asks what they are. “Secret keepers.” I remember reading to her from a book about local history when we first moved to this part […]

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Six Dreams About the Train http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/six-dreams-about-the-train/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/six-dreams-about-the-train/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 04:00:01 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6415 I dream about you and the train all the time. This is how it ends: There is the train and there is you and then there is only the train. 1. Sometimes we’re on board the train, together. (This is my favourite dream because I’m next to you.) You have the window seat and you’re […]

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DO IT—TWELVE LESSONS FROM TWENTY YEARS IN THE ARTS | LESSON 10: COMMENCEMENTS  http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/commencement/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/commencement/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 04:00:49 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6393 September 2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of Jay’s decision to become a writer. His gift to you all this celebratory year is DO IT – Twelve hard lessons on learning by failing, succeeding by accident, never giving up and saying FXXK WRITING all at the same time. You’re welcome! Years ago, a colleague argued that […]

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The Many Faces of Fictional Children http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/fictional-children/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/fictional-children/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 04:00:34 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6392 Sometimes, it happens that we have a perfect selection of stories for a particular month. Stories about gratitude for November (American Thanksgiving), or stories about love for February (Valentine’s Day), or stories about new beginnings for January. Last month we had a nice lineup of mother themed stories. In the absence of thematically relevant stories, I […]

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I Am NOT Little Red Riding Hood http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/i-am-not-little-red-riding-hood/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/i-am-not-little-red-riding-hood/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 04:00:33 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6373 That woodcutter is such a damn liar. The way he told it, he busted into the house, found us gobbled up by a wolf, split the creature open, and out popped Granny and me. No. No. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Wolves can get big, but they don’t unhinge their jaws and […]

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Auntie Cheeks http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/auntie-cheeks/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/auntie-cheeks/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 04:00:30 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6389 My Auntie Cheeks moved in with us when I was around the age memories start to stick. She brought with her no belongings and made no requests except one: “Put me there,” she said, pointing the yellow nail of her forefinger to underneath the kitchen sink. Fortunately for her, the sink was relatively large for […]

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Matches, Tower, Sister, Stone http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/matches-tower-sister-stone/ http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/matches-tower-sister-stone/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 04:00:28 +0000 http://flashfictiononline.com/main/?post_type=article&p=6384 The summer my sister Mindi turned thirteen and the Leukemia began chewing her bones to lace, she built a city of ghosts. For the towers, she stole matchbooks from the forgotten depths of Mom’s purses. For the ghosts, she snipped obituaries from Dad’s Sunday Times. It was June when she finally gathered a bag full […]

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