1   47 readings 5 min

Sparks

Courtney, ago

Mae told me blackberries are poisonous when we were younger. This was back when we were still something resembling sane before Mae shut out the entire world and before I realized her sharp edges ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
7   66 readings 3 min
Once upon a time, in a kingdom so far away it staggers the imagination, there lived a handsome prince named Mortimore. To be perfectly honest, Mortimore was not that good looking. He wore tremendously... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
58   308 readings 5 min
For the first few miles, the excursion was painted in bitter silence. Harrison’s socks were wet and his knee ached. The couple hiked, sucking wet air, dispelling vapors; neither mentioning a plan. ... [+]

Winner - Community Selection
Set Stories Free 2018
14   193 readings 5 min
Lindsay Watkins stood in line behind the usual covey of women who attended the noon Weighty Matters group. The woman in front of her removed a jacket, a scarf, her shoes, and a wristwatch as she ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
2   23 readings 5 min
The day before, I woke up. Everything was still. The only movement came from the dust particles, floating through the filtered sunlight. There was no rush, so I took time to stretch my tired limbs ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
4   212 readings 5 min
They stood at the end of the tobacco row, just beyond where the north end of the field met the woods. They stood in the shadows, perfectly still, watching only her. They reminded her of deer: thin,... [+]

Winner - Jury Selection
Set Stories Free 2018
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5   35 readings 5 min

Twenty Pence

Edith Fox, ago

They say God is dead. I reckon I agree with them.

“Please, sir?” The girl stood on her tiptoes, peering over the counter. Her pleading eyes pierced my heart. “Please?”

... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
86   467 readings 5 min

The Ship

Jazzy, ago

Alarms shrieking. God, how alarms annoyed Gerald. As if it wasn’t stressful enough as it was. As if the ship really needed to yell at him about the dire situation. He had a general idea something ... [+]

Winner - Community Selection
Set Stories Free 2018
0   16 readings 5 min

Who Knew

Anna, ago

The sun is just starting to set as he pulls my case out of the van. Behind him, a banner above the door to the bar proclaims “KARAOKE TONIGHT!” for all who drive by to see.

... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
8   69 readings 3 min
The machine breathed.
Its chest rose, fell. Each hiss followed a gasp, each flap, a hollow thump.

The father remembered.
His chest rose, fell.
Tears chased smiles, each ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
24   229 readings 5 min
The room had become his world, for the most part. Two or three times a day he would totter to the little bathroom in a corner nook that had surely been a closet when the house had first been built. ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
4   37 readings 5 min

Here We Are

El Epps, ago

Here we are, two strangers standing at a deserted corner, waiting for a bus to come, while knowing deep in our hearts that it will never appear. Only a dull street lamp illuminates our view of the ... [+]

Finalist - Jury Selection
Set Stories Free 2018
2   42 readings 5 min
It’s supposed to be easy. Isn’t it? You pick up a phone, dial a number and then... But it’s not easy. It’s not easy, because the phone has a full battery and you have everything ready to ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
3   139 readings 5 min
Troy, NY 1848

There was one day I was looking for Morrissey. It was around the time of his first bare knuckle prize fight. He hadn’t told me he had a job with a mule skinner moving some... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
2   76 readings 5 min
It seems we search for small joys in peacetime, but need them more desperately in wartime. Surely the first spring flowers that end the gray days of winter will lighten many hearts. For others, ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
31   955 readings 5 min
The doctors explaining the consent form referred to him as an allergen. That’s the only reason he could figure they prescribed Claritin. Well, technically they didn’t prescribe Claritin, being... [+]

Winner - Jury Selection
Set Stories Free 2018
4   110 readings 5 min
The balmy evening sent warm air rushing through the open window of Garrett Roth’s F-150, joining with his fingers as they ran through his salt and pepper for the hundredth time since leaving the ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018
5   560 readings 3 min
War and courage parade arm-in-arm. Then again, war and cowardice slink off together, too. This is a story from the Vietnam War. It’s not about charging entrenched machineguns or crawling under ... [+]

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Set Stories Free 2018