Flash Fiction

The Cabin

The varnish on my heart isn’t easy to remove. I’ve scrubbed, but it’s insistent. I sometimes think I’ll end up in a monastery, joking with the monks and planting beets. Spending my mornings in the garden, and my afternoons scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing at my heart, gently working my way through the coatings of lacquer. Years […]read more…

Angie

Angie was so anal she used a T-square to fry an egg. Got to get the angles right she said. Only way to do it. Boiled eggs she wouldn’t attempt. Too many variables she said. Higher longterm success rate if you stick to known equations. She chose slightly unripe fruits and vegetables because they produced […]read more…

Makeover

Note: this isn’t actually fiction. Being a daughter of men and boys, I had no context from which to absorb the many details that coalesce into an understanding, nay a comfort, with the world of girlishness. But I did have one glimpse into its power and glory. It happened in a tent. I had managed […]read more…

Vagilick

word prompts: baneful / intangible / impaction / dental practitioner / denude / implore / doss down / duck down It was a baneful existence. She meant that quite literally, as she described the role of shabwajer to the new cadet. Shabwajers were there to denude the King, if the King ever became, shall we […]read more…

Middle Age

word prompts: grand / kibitz / uppishness / urinator / middle age / maiden / maidenform / lowbrow ‘Twas only grand for a short while. I thought middle age would be a new era for me. Leaving behind the brash naiveté of youth, the forced humility of too-many-lessons-too-fast, the fevered hunger for faster truth. I […]read more…

Animal Husbandry

word prompts: sanguine / limpid / luging / animal husbandry / stuffed animal / fondler / petter Only a handful of petters were allowed into the zoo. This was due to the harsh and random attacks that the humans would inflict on you if you weren’t properly trained and disguised. Untrained petters were too sanguine; […]read more…