February 3, 2023

Light Hues of the Soul

After preparing for the festivities and waiting for the puja, she sat on the chair near the gate. She watched the whole neighbourhood celebrating the festival with their families, and when she looked up, she saw the skies were filled with colourful sparks. The atmosphere was filled with the sounds of bursting firecrackers. In the midst of the noise, Sahitya prayed silently for the arrival of her children.
January 27, 2023

The Doll

Mrs. and Mr. Goode were dentists and rarely home. They’d try to compensate the kids by giving them everything they asked for. That is how the kids got a cat. Being spoiled as they were, the children expected the cat to obey their every word and when their parents were around, the two little angels were nothing but good…
January 20, 2023

Meat Loaf for One

Combine the ground beef with the soup. Use the bowl – the one she got from her grandmother. Cut up the onion. Don’t worry. You have no tears left.
January 13, 2023

Hanson Opperknockity

Knowing that the piano had just been tuned that very afternoon, Mikel asked, “Are there any other notes that are ‘broken’?” Young Hans scrunched up his face and then plucked the piano keys from the very lowest bass notes to the delicate high notes. In all, he picked six other notes that were ‘broken’. Mikel told Hanson that the piano tuner had been there that afternoon but that he would call him and arrange for him to return and make sure that Hanson was there to “help” the tuner.
January 6, 2023

A Saturday in Paris

"Could I have a look at the Meissen porcelain figurines?" He had a slight accent. He pointed to the shelf. There were about ten figures displayed. He carefully took one of them in his trembling hands, a shepherdess with a lamb, and carefully put it back in slow motion.
December 30, 2022

A Deal is a Deal

I decided as my New Year’s resolution that I would both no longer be taken advantage of and I would collect money for our local Food Bank. I’ve been doing both.
December 24, 2022

Man in the Shadows

Lydie walked down the sidewalk, enjoying the lazy snowfall. She felt as if she were in a snow globe. How pretty it was with Christmas lights up around the city. Her boots clacked on the sidewalk as she made her way home. It had been a rough day trying to get everything in under the deadline. She wondered why her coworkers panicked when they knew this day would come. But, as usual, they got the newspaper finished under the wire.
December 23, 2022

My World

“My gentleman, this woman fancies herself an explorer of new worlds – how amusing!” A deep, low humming and grumbling of men dressed in fine waistcoats and alabaster shirts echoed through the room.
September 16, 2022

(Spanish) Bilingual Flash Fiction: Gertrude and Alice Go On Holiday

Gertrude and Alice were on holiday in Tuscany. They wandered away from their Golden Tour Group and came upon a strange tree with a single red shiny apple on the topmost branch. They each climbed as fast as they could to see who could get to the apple first.
September 9, 2022

Murderer’s Creek

Charlie had been in Vietnam as had Drake. Charlie worked as a cook in the army and Drake operated heavy equipment, so neither of them were ever in real combat, although both had hunkered down at night when there was incoming. Back in the states when they were neighbors, Drake was a road paver for the city of Beaverton, and Charlie had a mobile sawmill, so they had a common blue-collar argot, and this could make them friends…
August 5, 2022

A Sighting

Again, it returns to the yard-tree and sits facing his window, as if sent by an invisible force. A sign from the heavens! An ethereal sight.
July 22, 2022

Fiction Friday: Order Up

“Our culinary choices often say something about us we cannot articulate.” – Henry Hargreaves