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January 24, 2021
Mystery Stories Joe Duffy

Out Of The Blue

Paula crouched, petrified, at the top of her stairs. She strained her ears, trying to sift through the ceaseless New York traffic. Someone was downstairs, navigating the disjointed clutter of her cramped apartment. Paula closed her shadowy green eyes,…
January 24, 2021
General Stories Vardaris

The Viking's Nightmare

Torsten, the Viking, was a successful Viking in many respects. He had raided Ireland with Ragnar Forktooth and pillaged the land of the Rus with Olaf, the Bellicose. He lived in a lavish longhouse with his beautiful wife, Hjordis, their robust children, and…
January 23, 2021
Horror Stories Misato Kawahara

Laughter Is For Slaughter

The room is cold. And small. And cold. And dark. And cold. And empty. Did Imention cold? Well, it is really cold. There is a small stain in the wall that raises in front ofme. It is a dark, almost invisible stain. I named her Vera, because I thought she…
January 23, 2021
Flash Fiction Jim Woessner

It's Him

Margo looked without expression at the white sheet, a snow-covered mountain range in miniature with a lake of stainless steel at the edges. “Are you ready?” the detective asked. She nodded. He lifted the sheet and folded it neatly across the dead man’s chest.…
January 22, 2021
General Stories Robyn Knibb

The Dangers of Wearing Red

Emma felt that familiar, sick, nervous feeling in the pit of her stomach as she looked around the empty apartment. This was supposed to be a fun weekend in the city with her old school friend, Helen. But it had all gone wrong. Emma’s flight had thankfully…
January 21, 2021
Science Fiction Stories Justice Marino

Lucky For Life

Chamalis fought to keep a neutral, emotionless expression on her downwardcast face. The smell of burning flesh urged her gag reflex to escape her concentratedefforts of suppression. Whispering rhythmically through the air the impossibly thin whipsped towards…
January 19, 2021
Mystery Stories Addison Pamment

He Lives Within Her

His time has come to present himself through her. To push from deep inside her body to the outside of her skin, and to transform her into himself. Living with him for her sixteen years of life, came with her own battles of self-identification. Not once was…
January 19, 2021
General Stories Dave Cuzzolina

The Debtor

In his bedroom, one of seven in the sprawling suburban Chicago mansion, Henry Farcas perched on a stool in front of an easel. A copy of Rembrandt’s “The Stoning of St. Stephen” sat propped on a table just beyond the easel, and Henry’s eyes moved from it to…
January 18, 2021
Science Fiction Stories MoonloverCR

The World Of Prisha

It all started one Friday night, apparently a pandemic was going on. It had been only a week since “Adara” moved from her parents to a house to live on her own (well more like her parents agreed on self living because they knew the people who leased the…
January 17, 2021
Horror Stories Christian Jerome

The Drive At Sweet Hallow

It was one in the morning and she was driving along Sweet Hallow Drive. She just ran over something. Hands shaking, she pulled up her handbrake and got out of her seat. Her pulse was dizzyingly high, her body full of adrenaline. She was tense and alert. Then…
January 16, 2021
Flash Fiction Sahar Kashif

Suffering Alone

Staying alone is an endless feeling. Being with your own self when no one disturbs you, no one will bother you, no one will judge you, and no one will accept you, no one will reject you. This is a story of a girl naming Zaina who belongs to an elite class…
January 15, 2021
General Stories Martha Bishes

Wrinkle Bones

It was the month of December. The sadness of aging and the excitement of starting new walked hand in hand. I was in Moscow and was working for a Russian pipes company. I hated the cold but it was beautiful all around. Of course, I valued scenic beauty above…

It was supposed to just be a joke.  Really…

Josh, Pat and Casey drove over to the house of Rachel Vessing with the intent of play a bit of a joke on her 17th birthday.  The “mooning” of the attractive redhead while singing “happy birthday” was intended to in fun.   They were sure that Rachel won’t be offended and would take the gesture in the manner intended.

Hey, it was just a joke, right?  But unbeknownst to the boys, Rachel’s father, the Reverend Josiah Vessing, was at home that night and not at bible study as was usually the case for a Wednesday evening in the fall.  The widower was protective of his only daughter so what happened was not totally unexpected.  So the boys were surprised when both Rachel and Reverend Vessing opened the door.  Turned around and bent over, the boys thought that just Rachel was there when she gasped “oh my god” at the sight of their bare buttocks.  But they quickly realized their mistake when they heard a male voice boom out “what the hell??”

Fleeing off the porch while simultaneously trying to buckle their pants, boys might have been a bit too distracted to hear the reverend’s final comment to them as they ran off his property.

 

“That is not what I was talking about last week when I said that we all need to turn the other cheek…”

 

 

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Author’s Bio:   Tom Schmidt is a Chemical Engineer working in medical diagnostics in upstate New York.  He enjoys creative writing and has been published on www.short-story.me as well as on www.fartherstars.com and in www.overmydeadbody.com in the past.  He is currently working on the “Paul Garigan Crime Mysteries”, a collection of short stories centered around a Malibu based police detective which he hopes to publish in the future.  Tom can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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