The Plagued Parent

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Category: Flash Fiction

Current

Sensible eyes could read it from the shore. Swells topped out at eighth to ten. Cross currents swung unnaturally across the sand at the waterline after each break. The cautious stood, feet buried holding boards and tugging at the edges of their wetsuits. Braver ones bounced atop the curls, waiting. This late in the season […]

Pies in the Sky

Rolling out the dough across the floured countertop becomes her silent lament. Time was the kitchen would filled with bustling bodies. Twice yearly they baked pies — fall apple; summer blueberry. Fruit would be harvested and sorted, washed and peeled, tiny hands sticky with everything. Fewer local farms now, fruit comes in small plastic supermarket […]

Flash Flood Warning

A rising wall of black water hits hard, enveloping and sweeping fast away all the carried things they lugged from the parking area three quarters of a mile up canyon. The roaring rush scoured laughter and relaxation with silenced desperation and raging fear. A father holds fast to his baby and a bending tree. A […]

Lion Fish Vacuum

Robert follows the Lion Fish deeper into the reef, spear ready. ¬†An invasive species in the Keys, these are legal prey. Within reach something yanks from behind, tugging; the mask falls from his face. Oxygen evaporates gulping water gasping. He jolts awake. He’s never been diving in his life. He’s never been anywhere. HIs legs, […]

Crab Apple Crisis

She thought it¬†ridiculous their son had been stuck for hours in that tree. “Help him now,” she told her husband. Through the slider he saw the boy caught in high crooked branches, “He”ll figure it out.” “Two hours,” she folded into a harsh angle pointing. “Go.” With a nod the ladder was gotten, but his […]

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