Friday Fast Fiction: “Did You Get It?”

Fran stood naked in front of the full length mirror in her bedroom. She did this every night after coming home from her waitressing job at The Tomb’s. Some nights she thought she was trim, but she never looked for very long. She dropped a red t-shirt over her head that almost reached her knees.Continue reading “Friday Fast Fiction: “Did You Get It?””

Friday Fast Fiction: The Criminology Class

Detective Grimes faced the criminology class. “Two actors will now play a scene from the shovel murder case. The taller one is Joe and the other is Art.” Two men in orange vests carrying shovels walked into the classroom. Joe said, “If I die on the job, my wife gets $250,000.” Art replied, “She’s aContinue reading “Friday Fast Fiction: The Criminology Class”

Friday Fast Fiction: Abooza

James  scrolled the mouse to the large “play” icon on his computer screen. A woman came up behind him. “You’re going to like this,” he said, tapping the icon. The bluish screen gave way to a park-like setting where a gray-haired man was pushing a gray-haired woman in a swing. An unseen narrator with aContinue reading “Friday Fast Fiction: Abooza”

Friday Fast Fiction: The Linebacker

  The Super Bowl was billed as a showdown between the game’s best quarterback and the league’s hardest hitting linebacker, a stoic known as Harp, a brute of a man: 268 pounds, lighting fast and thick-necked. He’d put a half-dozen players in the hospital, all on clean hits. He refused to talk to the pressContinue reading “Friday Fast Fiction: The Linebacker”

Friday Fast Fiction: Smith’s Leaves

  In the fall Smith enjoyed the ritual of leaf raking from his second floor window. By afternoon’s end each front yard on his block would be cleared, save for his. The man who lived across from him drove a pickup truck that sounded like a tank, thanks to a hole in the muffler. OneContinue reading “Friday Fast Fiction: Smith’s Leaves”

Friday Fast Fiction: The Gag Writer

Wendell woke an hour before the alarm was to sound. “Already?” asked his wife. “Can’t sleep.” He rolled out of bed and groped his way to the door. An hour later he was showered, in a suit and seated at the kitchen table, holding a cup. He recalled last night when he practiced eye contactContinue reading “Friday Fast Fiction: The Gag Writer”

Friday Fast Fiction: The Store That Never Closes

Gregory grew up near a general store known as “the store that never closes.” It was a one-story structure without a name, or hours posted on the front. Everybody in the neighborhood simply knew it was there and regardless of the time, they could get what they needed. A husband and wife ran it, refugeesContinue reading “Friday Fast Fiction: The Store That Never Closes”

Friday Fast Fiction: Anxiety

A man in a black raincoat entered a dress shop. A young woman approached him. “Can I help you?” “I’m looking for Goyer’s Pretzel Factory” “My dad shut the business two years ago. I’m his daughter–this is my place.” “I’m an old friend. Is he around?” When the daughter said her father rarely came by,Continue reading “Friday Fast Fiction: Anxiety”

Friday Fast Fiction: The Booth

When Fred was selected to be on one of the most popular game shows on TV, he assumed he’d do well. He studied game shows carefully and he prided himself on his ability to beat all TV contestants from his living room sofa. The format was simple. Three contestants, each positioned in a sound proofContinue reading “Friday Fast Fiction: The Booth”