Tag Archive 'flash fiction'

Apr 26 2012


Driving over the mountains her ears plugged up. Beside her, his tiresome voice blurred to a grey drone. The radio flickered, static; then silence. Snow clouds released their heavy burden. Sky and road merged in white brilliance. Blindly she drove into the light. Madeleine Sklar© 2012

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Apr 24 2012


SPRING CLEANING “Iris, heads like spears, knife-shaped leaves, hands in prayer, pressing through dark unconscious earth seeking the light. Is it not the same for us?” She turned from the window. “Of course, Dear. … don’t forget the laundry.” Eyes glued to the game, he startled, hearing their door slam behind her for the last […]

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Apr 20 2012

SERPENT NATURE (A short, short true story)

This story was inspired when my daughter had a pet snake, although we actually had to free the mouse and give it another since hungry as she was she woldn’t eat her friend) SERPENT NATURE She’d been lonely when it appeared. At first shy, now when tired, it nestled its small body against her, as […]

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Apr 18 2012


TRAP Voices shouted:  “Hands up!” “Drop your guns!” “Drop them!”        Didn’t they realize he couldn’t? He stood. Waving his outstretched arms, desperately trying to signal before their shots whirled and dropped him. Drawing closer, they noticed his mouth clear-taped shut and guns duct-taped to his hands. Then shots rang out and they too fell. […]

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Apr 17 2012


PRINCE CHARMING “You can’t escape death or taxes.” Hiding her earnings, she’d escaped taxes. “Now, for death,” she thought, sliding her young, dying body into the cryogenic pod. “Look, Snow White!” a metallic voice said, opening her enclosure. “One kiss, she’s mine!” Wondering how long she’d slept, her eyes fluttered open to meet his intent […]

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Apr 10 2012

HOUSEHOLD SAINT (another short,short story)

HOUSEHOLD SAINT On her birthday, we lit a candle and placed the cup of coffee near her photograph. It was one of her last requests: “Do I smell coffee?” and “Where’s Isaac?” before he knelt in front of her at eye level. And she’d said, “I want to go quick.” …Then, left. Madeleine Sklar© 2012

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Apr 09 2012


RAIN Raindrops echoed the relentless click of her prosecutor’s high heels approaching the stand. “Where were you the night of January, 24 Mrs. Johnston?” Alone now; even her pillow couldn’t shut out the accusing drops striking the tin drainpipe of their house, repeating the one question she could never truthfully answer. Madeleine Sklar© 2012

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Apr 08 2012


HIS SHOES When the old man’s dress shoes were donated to a thrift store, Mady bought them for her son’s concert. She and his father listened spellbound. His vibrant saxophone notes poured forth, tumbling over slick black toes. After graduation, the outgrown shoes languished in his deserted room. Now his father wears their shiny barely […]

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Mar 29 2012


NIGHT OWL “Must you always eat like a bird?” her mother-in-law accused. “I’m just never very hungry,” she replied, shrugging off the insult. Later, after kissing her dear sleeping husband, she unzipped the thin seam at her pubis, tucked the shed skin beneath their bed, and flew into the night.

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Mar 27 2012

ABDUCTION (Madeleine’Sklar’s “Flash Fiction,” stories of 50 words or less.) )

ABDUCTION The overwhelming roar and violent shaking startled Eve awake. The house screamed and cracked wrenching from its moorings. Once trembling ceased, cane in hand, she felt her way to the open front door. Her cane seeking the steps touched nothing. Listening, she heard only her own heartbeat… Dead silence.

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