Flash Fiction

Nesting by Martha Lane

You are rocked by the rumbling machine, the rhythm pecking at your feet. It’s the first wash that’s been on since. Since the day that knocked you. Blocked you, chopped you and then swapped you. Swapped you for a woman you no longer know. You tumble out the jumble of a family in pain. Black …

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Alison at the Fair by Becky May

A reimagining of Jeanette Winterson’s ‘The Green Man’ from the wife’s perspective They’ve been coming here for years. I remember seeing them as a child, wanting to clamber up into their painted wagons, peer inside, run away with them. Away with the gypsies. Away with the fairies. There’s talk of course. There is always talk. …

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A Sense of Commotion on the Sixth Floor by Hannah Sutherland

It’s her voice you hear first. A high-pitched shriek that brings up your skin in pimples. You’ve been sitting at your wobbly-legged desk, mindlessly nibbling a cinnamon swirl that bloats you, sipping lukewarm tea on your swivel chair which is stuck at one disappointing level and makes the rope of your spine crooked and painful …

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Dead Letters by Caroline Gonda

The reading room is state of the art, climate-controlled to keep the rare books, manuscripts and prints in their best condition. Outside, it’s too hot for even a light jacket. In here, I wear a sweater, pull my shawl tighter around my shoulders. Precious things, fragile things. There are foam rests to put the books …

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