Nov 25, 2021

The Panic Before the Date

My mouth conspired with my brain, or perhaps it was the other way around, I don’t know. But now I’m stuck. Standing here with her looking at me with those perfect brown eyes behind silver wire-framed glasses, waiting for me to say something more. Or take it back and apologize. I’m not sure which. What do I do? My mind’s deserted me—that foul beast. Oh, man. Her lips are moist and moving, ever so gently. Here it comes, I knew it. I’m such an idiot for ever... more

Nov 24, 2021

The Pizza Licker

The server brought out the extra-large pepperoni pizza with garlic bread crust to the table. Before any of the group could grab a slice, a long, stringy-haired man walked into the pizzeria, strode over to their table, leaned over, and licked the garlic off the crust in one long sweeping circle, then straitened and walked back out the door. Everyone in the pizzeria sat there, dumbfounded by what they had just watched."What the hell?" Josh asked after a few minutes."Oh, don't... more

Nov 21, 2021

Waiting in Line

The worn-down woman’s bones creak and ache as she wakes her children before dawn.“Quietly,” she whispers. “Don’t wake the others.”Dutifully, the children rise and smooth the linen that served as last night’s blanket.“Mama, I’m cold,” the youngest one says as the cool, morning air punctures his skinny body.“Why do we have to do this every morning?” her oldest daughter asks.“Shush,” their mother says as they reach... more

Nov 20, 2021

What They Worshipped

“Remember, students,” Alpha 247 said, holding up his arms to prevent the students from going further into the museum, “this is a place of great historical value. No touching, no kicking, no licking, and B19, no teleporting of the museum’s pieces. Everyone understand?”“Yes, sir.”Class 2 of Year 6 from Central School 30-2 jittered with anticipation.“Good day,” Guide 092 said, walking up to the class. “Are you ready for the... more

Nov 17, 2021

Mr. Wolf's Side of the Story

Everyone thinks they know the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Her story has literally been told and retold from dozens of different perspectives, and people are often in the moiety of Grandmother being a victim in the story, but few know the real story of why the wolf was so angry with Red’s family and how the Three Little Pigs started the whole problem.Baby Wolf was out picking daisies one day in the back field of her parent’s farm where they were building a house for her... more

Nov 13, 2021

The Metalsmith and I

As the sun rose, I sat and watched. Fear shown on every inch of your face, shielded by your mother’s embrace. Your father’s plan, botched and betrayed, fed my father’s growing rage. Until it boiled and consumed.As the sun set, I sat and watched. Jerking feet and bulging eyes, lacking the courage to give up and die. Your mother’s wish, unfulfilled; your father’s hopes, devoured. And there you stood, silent and still. Across the years, I sat and watched. The boy... more

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