flash fiction

Sleep Disturbance

They say we’re primates, but you looked like a bear as you padded through the blue light of my neighbourhood, naked. Through a slat in the blinds, I saw your ha...

Reproductive History

The imaginary babyPut a pillow under your t-shirt. Turn sideways and look in the mirror. This is not what it will look like. Hold a stuffed animal in your ...

Wax

She bought a Colt .45 and hid it in a carved wooden box under her bed.There had been times, earlier in her life, when she’d looked forward to the night, the...

Persimmon

The first time she speaks to you, you are on the toilet. You are both at a party, and she is waiting for a polite time to go home. Underneath the stall, you see...

What They Know

Checking her face in the mirror, she feels him move behind her, his attention absorbing the space between them. “What?” she says. He doesn’t answer, turns to ...

The Arc of the Birch

I have fallen in love with a birch tree. Tomorrow my husband will remove it, a killing he presented as a fait accompli last weekend after plying me with cocktai...

bill

i want to buy a peking duck but i need some money i need to get a receipt for the duck because i am hungryi have to buy a duck because i am hungry for it ...

In the Jade City

The Red RopeThe abortionist lives in the jade city, in a maisonette tucked beneath the jasper bridge. A red rope hangs from the doorknob. After school, her ...

Custom / Conditional

The Rodeo Queen disappeared. This happened during the parade. She felt so wonderful, everyone in town watching, she deer-legged and waving from the back of a Fo...

A Search

Susan’s computer pulls up acronyms. Message-Oriented Middleware. Metal-on-Metal, as in hip surgery. Milk of Magnesia. Made of Money. She puts her finger to her ...