Category: Short Story

Short Story: Success Story; 2018

Short Story: Success Story; 2018

Inside jokes: Brayden King’s vlog was full of them. This would explain why he giddily chanted “Gummy bearsss! Gummy bearsss!” with a ridiculous, drawn-out “s” while standing over the hefty kid’s corpse in the school library. The video was Brayden’s latest triumph and would cement his reign as one of social media’s most-watched personalities. It’s …

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Short Story: Fastball; 1978

Short Story: Fastball; 1978

Laying on his back, Billy watched his cigarette smoke curl and coil upward toward the slowly rotating ceiling fan. He’d take a drag, exhale and watch the blue-white dragon’s tail unscroll from the cherry of his Marlboro, constantly twisting and changing until it finally rose to the point where the fan would dissipate it. This …

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Short Story: Higher; 1990

Short Story: Higher; 1990

The Saturday afternoon smoke session’s conversation veered toward its typical pointlessness as Jerry packed what would presumably be the day’s final bowl into the bong. “You guys need to strive for more,” Topher said flatly as he dug for the perfect tortilla chip. “What?” Ed said. “What the hell are you talking about?” “I’m saying …

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Short Story: The Nautilus

Short Story: The Nautilus

Bill was having second thoughts about giving Nathan that boat. Mind you, it was a beautiful little craft: a child-sized skiff painted in emerald green with the name “Nautilus” painted in gold across the transom. Yet here Bill was, slowly descending the grimy, wrought iron rungs of the city sewer system chasing after it. He …

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