Flash Fiction: Damsel in Distress

They needed milk. And coffee. And might as well make it a full grocery run. Martha closed the fridge door and went to the doorway, leaning on its frame and sighed. Ryan didn’t look up from where he sat at the table, books laid out in front of him, one on top of another, his…

Flash Fiction: Call Me Mary

My parents were sitting pensively in their respective wingback chairs in our overly decorated living room. As we finished dinner, I had asked if we could have a chat tonight, which I never do. They were nervous. As was I. Fiddling with the beaded tassels of the throw pillow on the sofa, I cleared my…

Flash Fiction: The Way, Way Back

Gabe’s mouth was ringed red from the strawberries he’d been mashing into his face, his fingers stained the same color. But he was happy. Carla was not nearly as jubilant, more concerned about the one dot of juice that had tarnished the lace on her denim dress that I had tried to convince her not…

Flash Fiction: Monkey Showers

*based on a disturbingly true story Ten hours in the open jeep and Myra was covered in sweat and dust and couldn’t care less if Adam got the fire burning for the shower. Clean. She just wanted to be clean. “Myra, just chill, I’ll have this going in twenty.” Adam looked at her beseechingly. Myra…

Flash Fiction: Missing Piece

The room was buzzing with nervous chatter, the bar crowded with patrons waiting their turn. It was by far the largest speed-matching event Nancy had attended. She checked her phone again, still no update from Julie who had texted to say she was running late. Of course. As always. Julie was the only reason Nancy…

Flash Fiction: Tree Rocket

Molly finished wiping away the crumbs left behind from lunch and looked over at Harper who was keeping her little hands busy by coloring big loose circles on paper on the floor. “What shall we do this afternoon, kiddo?” Molly asked. Harper shrugged and swapped a red crayon for a blue one. “We could put…