Short Fiction

The Sounds Within

Josephine Taiwo

‘You're disgusting', ‘You filthy pig', ‘Get a grip on yourself', I heard the voices chime in perfect harmony. I turned on the radio that stood by my bedside on the way to the bathroom. I hated ... [+]

Short Fiction

Sugary Hands

Nayda Gingerich

The old man thought about that long ago, of working and being innocent. Even as a child, he'd always had a job. Some of his most fond memories were of delivering breakfast to his grandfather out in ... [+]

Short Fiction

The Origin of Dragons

Lars Anderson

Captain's log 45:
We finally found it! We found the last of the five dragon species. The species of sea dragons we have just located makes for a set of five holotype dragons. Since dragons are ... [+]

Short Fiction

I Did The Hard Part For You

Kelly Ray

Toni
My name was Naomi Campbell, and I died five years ago.
When you die, the only way you exist is within the memory of people. While you're alive, you're multidimensional.
When you're alive ... [+]

Short Fiction

The Crows at Golgoth Lake

Katie Leonard

The crows haven't left. Dozens descended upon the shoreline seven seconds after Ms. Pocrite smushed herself into the right side of the bench at Golgoth Lake. Dancing along the waterline, they pecked ... [+]

Short Fiction

Forlorn

Leah Hutchinson

I awoke in an unfamiliar hallway. I sat up from the cold concrete floor below me and tried to collect myself.
"Where am I?" I asked myself.
"I can't remember anything."
I looked around to ... [+]

Short Fiction

Killian's Prophecy

Lenae Rubey

Killian stood in front of the bridge, breathing heavily.
This was it. After months of traveling through the mud and rain, he was finally at the Gates of Orr. His nose ran from the cold, but he ... [+]

Short Fiction

Secret Identities

Andrew McGlohon

I never thought I'd meet another hitman on the job who wasn't trying to kill me. It was at La Pergola in Rome. The slim patch of Kevlar right over his heart, almost invisible under his jacket, only ... [+]

Short Fiction

Chainsaw

Valerie Ohtsji

All I remember before I blacked out was seeing the pavement and a black figure in front of me. I was lying, facedown, on the ground when I woke up. The sun was so bright that I had to blink a few ... [+]

Short Fiction

Shadow Flees Before It

Wade Lundgren

Sleet fell, cast bloodred by the last throes of a dying sun. The ground beneath the terrible host churned like long-soured milk in the kirn. Horse breath and the stench of man rose from the ground ... [+]

Short Fiction

Starstruck

Jayden Harris

Nineve could talk to water. She'd been 5 when her gift had come to her, and everyone in her coastal town had rejoiced at having another water speaker. Like many who went through speaker training, he ... [+]

Short Fiction

Skittles Scandal

Katie Brimhall

Sitting at a diner was the last thing he wanted to be doing right now. He could be at home drawing right now, and instead he had to sweat through the hazy heat slowly circulated by the broken uneven ... [+]

Short Fiction

Ellie, My Boy!

Lina Hunt

The Bay View Restaurant roosted on the lip of the sea wall separating the waterfront from the murky depths of the Potomac River. It attracted both tourists and locals, all of whom were blissfully ... [+]

Short Fiction

In the Woods

Emma Gerden

Elias was the one to first see the body — he was the one to fall off his bike. Skidded in the gravel and tumbled to the ground, scraping up his elbow — "A squirrel ran out in front!" he protested ... [+]

Short Fiction

Every Last Kiss

Katherine Bliss

Madaline turned around to look back at me as we reached her front door. Her dad would be waiting up just on the other side but we were back well before curfew. I leaned down to lightly peck her lips ... [+]

Short Fiction

Figs and Lace

Aliyaa Pathan

Without all the furniture, the house collapses like flesh without its bones, shaped only by my breath. I cross my arms, holding off a chill, and move into the little space that used to be a dining ... [+]

Short Fiction

Like White Bed Comforters

Emma Holmes

He flinched as his ears were hit with a sudden monotone message that blared over his car speakers, much louder than the soft voice of the podcast host. "You have two new messages from ‘Magz': ‘Let ... [+]

Short Fiction

Pumpkin Pie

Hannah Rose Swenson

Philandros heard the thundering beast before he saw it. He sauntered across the street as if he had all the time in the world, then turned to glance at the bus as it passed a few feet away. Leaves ... [+]