Posts Tagged "short fiction"

After We Walked Away

by on Nov 21, 2016 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

3,700 words The regret sets in when they hit Iowa. “We shouldn’t have left,” she says. Knees drawn up to her chin, lower lip trembling. “It was a mistake.” He can’t disagree. He pulls the rental car into a gas station, the front bumper only barely scraping the back of an idling truck....

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Shadow

by on Nov 16, 2016 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

  I met a man with no shadow today. He crossed into the village limits near dusk, furtive in movements but resolute in expression. He wanted to find the Mamman. He did not understand my description of the route, partly because he spoke gutter Yoruba learnt from leather traders and...

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The Island in the Attic

by on Nov 11, 2016 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

1700 words Where this story begins is not where it ends. The ending is neither a natural conclusion to the events leading up to it, nor a product of necessity. If you see things in the beginning that you feel foreshadow the ending, if you catch yourself saying “I knew it!” or “Well, it...

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When She Comes

by on Nov 7, 2016 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

800 words “I have been expecting you,” the man says. He watches the fluid form solidify — teeth first, then hair, wide jigida-clad hips and soft-soft skin gleaming reddish-brown from uli — inside his hut. The smell of lemongrass fills the room. Metal anklets jangle as the newly formed...

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Every Winter

by on Nov 1, 2016 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

5,300 Words Every winter, Halla rents the Villa Couloir on the banks of the Ruisseau de Rieu Ferré for its quiet, its darkness. Near the arch of the old stone bridge, it has a view of little else — skeletal trees, the shadow of a ruined windmill, a long road leading someplace Halla will...

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