Story: Spirit in the Subway by Mark Tulin

Story: Spirit in the Subway by Mark Tulin

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The little boy could hardly keep his eyes open. He lay on his Uncle’s lap during the subway ride home. He always liked resting his head on his lap; it…
Story: Hanging by Beaton Galafa

Story: Hanging by Beaton Galafa

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Death.It came one evening when everyone else was sleeping. It crawled in the dark outside, hissing along the night winds that were shaking leaves and branches
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Story: Delivery by Denis Bell

Story: Delivery by Denis Bell

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“It came out positive.” “You’re kidding!” It would seem so. The news was surprising to Ruth because Sandra was old. Not Betty White old, but easily old enough to be…
A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

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Little Mrs. Sommers one day found herself the unexpected possessor of fifteen dollars. It seemed to her a very large amount of money, and the way in which it stuffed…
Story: Things That Recede with Time by Lauren Howlett

Story: Things That Recede with Time by Lauren Howlett

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Invisible boundaries. The gum lines of aggressive brushers. Chins, if you’re a Hapsburg. The stamped fingerprints of once white shoes. Synthetic beards on aging tires
THE FALSE GEMS by Guy De Maupassant

THE FALSE GEMS by Guy De Maupassant

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Monsieur Lantin had met the young girl at a reception at the house of the second head of his department, and had fallen head over heels in love with her.
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Story: Retreat by Jack Coey

Story: Retreat by Jack Coey

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She ran away from home, and Pastor Bruce was dismayed after talking with her mother. Her mother said she’d been sullen for the last month or so, and even the school nurse called once. Her daughter wouldn’t tell her what was wrong, and she asked Pastor Bruce
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

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The Gift of the Magi One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher
A Steadfast Tin Soldier

Story: The Steadfast Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen

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There were once five and twenty tin soldiers. They were brothers, for they had all been made out of the same old tin spoon. They all shouldered their bayonets, held themselves upright, and looked straight before
Story: Helping Me Up by Bruce Ransom

Story: Helping Me Up by Bruce Ransom

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“Are you going to be my new daddy?” she asked directly.“I don’t know,” he said, looking down at the flowery dress squirming beside him on the edge of the living room couch. “I like your mom, but to get married you have to really, really like each other.”
My Daughter’s Best Friend by Michelle Reynolds

My Daughter’s Best Friend by Michelle Reynolds

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“Here you go Missy.” Elizabeth hears her daughter say as she enters the kitchen. Brooklyn is sitting at the table, pouring milk into the empty glass in the seat beside her.
Story: The Birthmark  by Loretta Martin

Story: The Birthmark by Loretta Martin

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I was born with a birthmark that looked like a bruised flower. It trailed along the left side of my face, from hairline to where neck and shoulder met. I grew accustomed to open stares, sidelong glances, and children being chastised for pointing.
Story: Monday the 28th of August  By Dean MacAllister

Story: Monday the 28th of August By Dean MacAllister

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Today is the worst day I have ever experienced. But it’s not over yet. It’s not going to end for thousands of seconds.  Thousands of raw, grating seconds.
Horror Story: Night of Fire and Glass

Horror Story: Night of Fire and Glass

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The freaks are out again tonight. I hear them howling. I hear branches cracking off trees. There were out last night, too. It has been warm and heat draws them…
500 Word Horror Contest Entry: Footloose by E. W. Farnsworth

500 Word Horror Contest Entry: Footloose by E. W. Farnsworth

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It was dark, and the party was going to start on the other side of the freshly-plowed south pasture anytime. Bob impatiently stomped through the damp earth toward the Thompson…
Story: Disclosure optional by Keith Nunes

Story: Disclosure optional by Keith Nunes

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A middle-aged guy in a dark jacket and a patterned shirt sitting at a bar, a woman of a similar age in a deep purple dress walks over and sits next to him
Story: The Cop and the Anthem by O. Henry

Story: The Cop and the Anthem by O. Henry

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On his bench in Madison Square Soapy moved uneasily. When wild geese honk high of nights, and when women without sealskin coats grow kind to their husbands, and when Soapy…
Story: The Storm by Kristin Leprich

Story: The Storm by Kristin Leprich

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Describe the storm for me, would you? My brother speaks to me in a hushed tone, as if the shaking echo of a louder voice might break the sight in…
Story: Trapped In A Bottle  by Ruben Michael Molina

Story: Trapped In A Bottle by Ruben Michael Molina

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The sun sizzled the soft tanned skin of Alison Bailey, as she lay comfortably on her favorite azure beach towel; the soft gurgle of the ocean tide lulling her into…
Story: The Magic Spot

Story: The Magic Spot

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He lay in the grassy median of a road which bounded one side of a large inner-city university.  How he had come there, nobody knew.  From his looks, though, his…
Story: Strutters’ Ballby Barry Basden

Story: Strutters’ Ballby Barry Basden

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Cleaning out my father’s things I found an old black and white photo, one I’d never seen before. Hidden away all these years.
Story: Escape by Murdock O’Mooney

Story: Escape by Murdock O’Mooney

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“We got to get out of here,” I tell her. She tells me she knows and that she’s waiting for the right time. “You saw what he did to Johnny-…
Story: Nobody Shall Sleep By T. Dee

Story: Nobody Shall Sleep By T. Dee

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I’m lying down on the bed. Naked. Carefree. One hand thrown carelessly behind my head propping me up. The other playing with my belly button or any small indent on my skin within a comfortable radius.
Story: A Quick Twist by Patrick Hanford

Story: A Quick Twist by Patrick Hanford

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I’m sitting in a bar, sipping a beer, wondering if she’s going with me tonight. The door bangs open, a man with a gun. “You bitch,” he yells.