Contemporary fiction

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Gene Glotzer

A Long Morning

  • 4.4
( 3 Reviews )

Jim hated mid-morning appointments. He could sleep in a little bit. He could, but he couldn’t. It was too big. He’d been unemployed for too

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energy healing
Pam Reeder

The Amazing Ms. Rayven

Psychic Witch Extraordinaire Photo by Volkan Vardar on Unsplash “Chocolate cake and a rootbeer in a frosted mug.” “Sure thing Ms. Rayven.” “Thanks Sara.” I

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Beauty and the Beast
Bernadette O'Leary-Malcolm

Of Beastly Beauty (Part II)

Of Happier Times and Broken Dreams As Reyon and Raphaela Blackheart grew, so did their bond. Their love was pure and complete. Neither needed anything

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fable
Shannon Hilson

Storm People

Not all storms are merely named after people. Some storms - often the most destructive sorts - can be people, as well. If you’ve ever wondered why it seems

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Fiction
Pam Reeder

Rugarou in the Bayou

You better be good or the Rugarou gonna come for you Photo by Marloes Hilckmann on Unsplash Mama always told us if the Rugarou come

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death
Payton White

Sailor’s Sea

As he faded in a hospital room, he stared out the window, bruised eyelids low. The sunlight turned his irises a watery blue. Washed out.

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flash fiction
TzeLin Sam

He Prefers Blondes

A Flash Fiction. “All of them?” Luke shrugged and said, “Well, yeah I guess so. The second girl might have been a natural brunette.” I

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Families
Kirsten Aguilar

Arithmetic

After we have ordered and before our food has arrived, my sister’s boyfriend gets up to use the bathroom. The way is down a long

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horror
Pam Reeder

The Hand in the Snow

When dog walking goes wrong Photo by Alexandr Podvalny from Pexels I watched as Chauncey sniffed at a mound of snow covered leaves and began

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Absurd
Matthew Portman

Number One

As told by number two Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash A man stands on a corner of a busy crosswalk in a busy neighborhood

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#Halloween
Andy Spears

Piggy Bank Princess

“Hey. Sarah Jane said when she was at the store with Makenzie she saw that princess costume.” “Uh-huh.” “You know, the one she’s been telling

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Bernadette O'Leary-Malcolm

The Many Lives of Mita (Part V)

*** Introduction: After an assault left her trapped in her own body, unable to move, speak, or open her eyes, Mita Lopez’s boyfriend and parents

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anger
Tim McDaniel

Idiots and Morons Fill the Roads

  • 4.5
( 1 Reviews )

 Dave eyed the blue Chevy Suburban in the other lane. That lane ended just past the intersection, and he knew the idiot driver was going

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diaster
Mollie Lyon

Rescue

The sky outside the window grayed up. The sirens continued. “Why didn’t I get one of those emergency radios? I mean we have bad storms

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Bernadette O'Leary-Malcolm

The Many Lives of Mita (Part IV)

*** Introduction: After Mita Lopez relocated to Scotland to be with her new boyfriend and their children, she began a new job at a production

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#Graduation
David Rodeback

Wildfire (a short story)

Getting to Maylee’s going-away party at all was a thing. My cousin Jaxson and I took a state highway into the country and turned onto

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The Lady in White

She didn’t know she was going to die today. And why would she? It was her wedding day, after all. She woke up to birds

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carousel
Kai Parker

Olympius Hunting

The Girl She ducked down behind the sleigh; the light couldn’t reach her there. The man whistled along to the tune and walked between the

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A Visit to the Hospital

It was as if the whole town was there at the hospital that day. The queue at the registration counter for specialist clinics began before

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#Halloween
Donald J. Bingle

Blind Spot

“I’m standing in the back yard now.” Aaron checked the bars on his cell phone; the signal was strong. “You have to fly out here

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Fight
Donald J. Bingle

Poetry Slam

I thought that I would never see A fight regarding poetry. Life can venture nothing worse, Than fisticuffs o’er flowing verse. * If poems be

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Fiction
Elise Paxson

Mid-Morning at the Hair Salon

“So, what are we doing today?” Nikki asks. I stare at myself in the salon mirror.  “Just a trim,” I answer.  A few minutes later,

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flash fiction
Tanya Hall

Petal Pills

A 500-word flash fiction piece. “Hydroxyzine.” “Excuse me?” I cleared my throat and pointed to the row of small circular welts on her exposed arm.

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Cellarella

There once was a young girl whose mother was gravely ill and whose father was an arrogant asshole. He did not care about the woman

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crossdressing
Christina Nordlander

Glitter

When I moved out, I bought nail polish for the first time. Almost an entire row of little glass bottles: frosted, sparkling, pearlescent. Lipstick in

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Alternate History
Donald J. Bingle

Cause Ways

  • 5
( 1 Reviews )

“What if?” is the essence of genre fiction. What if monsters were real? What if mankind had faster-than-light travel? What if there was a world

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friends to lovers
Kelsey Bjork

May I Have This Dance?

I give mirror-me finger guns as I come to an unfortunate conclusion at the most inopportune moment: I hate every article of clothing that I

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stalker
Yvonne Lang

All Consuming Joy

My heart soared with pure joy as I caught sight of my true love. I didn’t think I could love her any more, but I

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advice
Donald J. Bingle

Episodic Writing vs. Mythic Arcs

A Vintage Blog Post About Writing and Attention Spans Now, I’m not a writer for television (though I’m available–call me, really), but I’m an avid

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Pam Reeder

Freddy’s New Life

  • 4
( 1 Reviews )

Freddy sees something big. Now he has to go into witness protection. He needs the next available vehicle ASAP. Photo by Christian Lue on Unsplash

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Alternate History
Donald J. Bingle

Standing Still

“Are you sure you wanna do this, doc?” The patrolman gestured across the lobby at the subject. “He’s got some sort of a device, with

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baking
Andy Spears

Bourbon-Flavored Baptist

  • 4.5
( 1 Reviews )

Everyone at Connor Street Baptist loved Billy. He was a short, round man with a forgettable, round face framed by large round glasses. His sparse

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Guardian Hawk

A sunny day in a lively forest. A proud healthy hawk flies through the air, high as the mountains. It sits on a tree branch

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awkward but cute
Quillful Writer

Exchange from the Heart

Being on the third floor of a city apartment, his kitchen only caught short glimpses of natural light. The winter made that time even shorter,

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creative writing
Shannon Hilson

Fire Season

Something was very wrong with the fields in Drift City, but no one could say exactly what the problem was. What was once a fertile

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church
Mollie Lyon

The Next Morning

Beth stared at the books in the study of her faith leader, Pastor Sean. She always enjoyed seeing what people had on their shelves, end

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The Price of Hilda

Heikki sat at the end of the Christmas dinner table, the place Hilda called “the seat of honour”: a ridiculous idea of what it meant

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romance
Crystal Walker

Matchmakers

Table of Contents | Serialized Fiction | Romantic Comedy Image created by the author via Canva; Image sourced by Pixabay Bad date after bad date,

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death
Pam Reeder

Final Goodbye

Making Peace with a Painful Past Photo by Cameron Venti on Unsplash I hated this old barn when I was a kid. I hate it

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Bernadette O'Leary-Malcolm

The Many Lives of Mita (Part VIII)

Introduction Mita Lopez survived domestic abuse, stalking, and an assault that left her a prisoner in her own body, hearing everyone and everything around her

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Bougainvillea

  • 4.5
( 1 Reviews )

After he had done the thing, he threw the shovel down, spit out his cigarette, and walked away from the mound of dirt. He had

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Romantic Comedy
Crystal Walker

Meet Leah

A supporting character in the serialized RomCom “Matchmakers” Image created via Canva and using a stock image from Pixabay Leah is one of four women

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Auntie

  • 4.6
( 27 Reviews )

I stand outside the hospital room, in the stillness of the ICU hallway. I always prepare myself for the silence; for the awkwardness of our

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coming of age
A.K. Noctua

My First Time Trying Pozole

The pristine light of the summer sun smacked me across the face. The massive jackhammer in my head told me we had danced in the

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#contemporaryhorror
C.D. Hoyle

The Tank Cleaner

It was bright in the corridors of the hospital, but the lonely waiting room was dim. The overhead lights were off to deter loitering. Light

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drama
TzeLin Sam

The Unexpected Dinner Guest

This is it. I thought to myself as I walked out of the arrival hall at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It had been many years

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Amanda Cessor

Don’t Touch The Roses

The Ramblin’ Rose was a little florist run by a local eccentric in town named Isaac. It was tucked between the grocer and the bookshop,

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equality
Tim McDaniel

Inhuman

“This is kind of a go-nowhere party, Ryan,” Logan said. “I don’t even know why you dragged me here.” Ryan noticed a circle of empty

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cats
Andy Spears

Zoom Cat

Louis Droesge/Unsplash A yellow cat walks across the desk, coming into full view of the screen. Christy strokes it from head to tail. There are

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comedy
TzeLin Sam

An Important Decision

You shift your weight from one leg to the other fully aware of the fact that it is a bad habit of yours to lean

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dark
Donald J. Bingle

Protest Seen

It wasn’t my fault. I was just minding my own business when it happened. I mean, really minding my own business. I was just walking

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Character introduction
Jennifer Nieto

Soy Luna

Hola. Soy Luna… well… Luna Ureña Noches. A name mi mamá gave me with some thought, but not with the full realization of how well

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intrigue
Bernadette O'Leary-Malcolm

The Many Lives of Mita (Part I)

It all begins normally… like a whisper. *** Book 1 in the Scottish Limelight and Love series. ***   When one’s life includes a secret

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monsters
Bernadette O'Leary-Malcolm

The Many Deaths of Mita (Part I)

Into the Unknown… With a Bang Lessons, Reality, and Comeuppance “There is only one act that rivals and defeats the peril found within the most

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action
Donald J. Bingle

Train of Thought

“Wake up, dude.” “Huh? Where are we? What’s going on?” “Jesus, Cam, you’re a hard sleeper. Or maybe you had too many of those magic

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Club
Gene Glotzer

Rapture

She was starting a few minutes late, but it was close enough for jazz. She scanned the crowd. Not huge, but decent. Almost all white

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contemporary fiction
David Rodeback

Her Voice (a short story)

There’s nothing like the sound of a mom reading to her children, when they’re your children too. It’s the exact opposite of their nightmares, the

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Bitter Forever and Ever and Ever

There’s this one coffee machine at work that always makes the coffee bitter. The flavor of coffee’s been changed. The brand of coffee’s been changed.

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construction
Gerald Washington

Facing Lightning

Holding the stop/slow sign with little power on an unknown road, 20-year old Jim felt tired but relieved his construction shift was almost over. It

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Crystal Walker

Meet Maisie Jones

The main character in the serialized RomCom “Matchmakers” Image created via Canva and using a stock image from Pixabay Taking a little bit of a

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Abuse
Christina Nordlander

Put Her Down

The first time Jörgen and Malena used the threat was when Katja was ten. Qetesh must have been one year old; Katja had been nine

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Romantic Comedy
Crystal Walker

Matchmakers | Episode 2 | The Girls

Photo by Viktoria Alipatova from Pexels Hearing the bang of the garbage truck emptying a dumpster in the alley behind her apartment, Maisie opens her

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The Fire in Jeremy Finn

I’ve known Jeremy Finn for eight years. We met on the first day of a new school year, when we were both eleven. The weather

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Coronavirus
Charles Bastille

Seeking Amy

Later that afternoon I asked my wife what my daughter’s name was. She said, “Amy, silly”, and my only thought was to challenge her. “Are

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Elections
Andy Spears

Mayor Paul A.

Whatever it takes to win Paul easily won election to the Mayor’s Office. It was his second time running, and this time, he hadn’t made

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Fiction
Robin Honigsberg

The Renter: A Short Story

  • 4.3
( 2 Reviews )

Kelly Swain shook Harris Mason’s hand across the white-marbled table. “Welcome to your new home. I hope you’ll be happy here.” She slid a document

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Best Friends

“It’s all happening now!” Karen said with a mixture of sass and desperation only she could pull off. “Lovely day for a funeral.” “Shut up,

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