My little sister came running up all barefoot and sweaty, pigtailed and itchy-looking. She got in my space and asked “What did you just put in that jar?” “I caught a Flyaway.” “Send it back to the Otherside!” she said, horrified. But it was already controlling my mind. Here’s a little five line story in response to Patricia’s prompt.
“Just grab it and toss it out.” “You do it!” “Seriously? This is why you yelled at me to come in here?” “Please, will you?” she pleaded. “Can you kill it, Josh?” “Why can’t you?” “Because I can’t.” Her brother grinned. “Can you imagine if it had babies and they were all crawling on your face when you woke […]
He stood in a large hole, perhaps four feet deep and five or six in diameter. The digging was strenuous, the ground comprised of gravel and sand. With each thrust, the shovel stopped dead, sending a jolt through his arms, his shoulders, his back. Every few minutes, he dropped to his hands and knees to dig by hand. With his fingers, he […]
Miles Vandelay stood at the head of the table and hoisted his wine glass with his left hand. With his right, he pinged the glass repeatedly with a spoon. His eyes glittered with booze and triumph. “Real quick,” he said. “I don’t want to hold up the party – ” “Get off the stage!” said his VP of Operations, Todd […]
Maddie thinks she can change me. She puts her hand on my shoulder and spouts tripe. “The past is gone,” she says. “You can be whatever you choose to be.” Vapid life preservers that junkies toss about in twelve-step meetings or disillusioned young mothers post on Pinterest boards so they don’t slit their wrists in the tub. I don’t resent her for […]
For those of you who have been following the adventures of Frank Danger, an apology is in order. I’m done with his saga for the time being and the stories are coming down. *gasps of shock cascade throughout the packed stadium* The reason for this is simultaneously exciting and horrifying. I’ve decided to write a novel about him (and his nemesis Hans […]
“Just ahead,” said the scientist, footsteps echoing down the hallway. “Through that door and-” “Down the hall to the right,” finished the pilot. The scientist looked up from his clipboard. “You’ve been here?” “Yes.” They entered a large auditorium, empty save for a gray, windowless phone booth. “Tomorrow, this room will be filled. I wanted you to see it before […]