Flash Fiction

Fact Finding by Sarah Clayville

Erika shaves her head late Sunday evening. Thick black ringlets clog the sink. Dust the floor. Curl against one another like fists. Erika feels neither heavier nor lighter minus the hair. But she’s worked in the dreary office for six months and needs to confirm the gnawing suspicion that her coworkers are all assholes. As …

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Compensation by Kim Magowan

When my father was fifty-one, he had a son, Christopher, with his much younger second wife Amanda. Chris got everything my sister and I didn’t have: private school, saxophone lessons, and, worst of all, our father’s devotion. At one point Dad even coached Chris’s soccer team, which enraged me; I’d vented by joking that Dad …

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Pianissimo by Sarah McPherson

The final curve of a sweeping staircase, rubble and debris littering each step. An empty room, no footprints but mine in the muck that covers the floor. The scattered corpses of furniture; table cracked down the middle, couch with its seat torn and innards spilling out. Then, under the stairs, a baby grand piano – …

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The Making of the Ink: the first mark by Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou

You are not scared of the dark – your eyes have grown accustomed to it, to night’s cloaking and masking, its unsteadying of day’s clichés, day’s commonplace shapes and sounds and songs monotonous. You are not scared of the dark; you comply with its growing fascination with form, its gradual dissolution of colour, draining all …

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