Tag Archives: 50ish word stories

Casual Friday

“May I borrowed a pencil?” he asked amiably. “Sure,” I said, gesturing casually toward the cup of pens and pencils. “Thank you,” he replied with a genial smile. He walked to a nearby table and stabbed a patron with the … Continue reading

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5k Victory

He saw the finish line and sprinted toward it. Not bad for a 40 year old, he thought. The rhythm of his pounding feet took on a strange staccato. Too late he realized it was a runner approaching from behind. Chagrined, … Continue reading

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Looking Toward the Future on the C & O Canal

Location: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Maryland Time: Late 1800s Jebediah wiped his brow with the back of his hand. The line of canal boats waiting for the next lock stretched in front of him. “Someday, Jacob,” he mused to his … Continue reading

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Tonight’s Special

I stumble into work Saturday evening. Date night can yield good tips. Well, it can if you don’t flub people’s orders, forget to fill their glasses and give them the wrong check. I thought she came by to make out. I hoped she’d … Continue reading

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Cooking to Relieve the Pressure

This particular tale was “inspired” as it were, by the recent quinoa / pressure cooker Google searches that landed Michele Catalano’s family in hot water. __________________________________________________________ When he wasn’t plotting to destroy the decadent West, the enemy agent cooked.  He’d … Continue reading

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Profiling

“Hunter, stop squirming!” Click! The father secured Hunter’s last car seat strap.  He leaned over to buckle Ethan, who was playing with the door lock. “Stop touching things!” the father snapped. Deon heard the car door lock as he walked … Continue reading

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Comprehension Test

“Cassandra, pay attention.” Cassandra looked up, startled.  She’d forgotten she was still in class. Ms. Smith droned on. “Understanding a story’s setting is important. Reading comprehension is an essential part of the state test and…CASSANDRA, GIVE THAT TO ME!” Cassandra … Continue reading

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Gutless Wonder

5, 6…ow.  That’s enough.  Haven’t done sit ups since high school. I did the right thing.  I’m no longer attracted to her. It’s her fault for not taking care of herself.  I shouldn’t fake attraction. Her reaction was so childish. … Continue reading

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Biker Babe

Not another hill, she thought.  The guidebook said this path was flat!  She started to slow her pedaling.  Then she remembered what he’d said.  That night he’d left her.  Take better care of myself?  Fat thighs!? She hadn’t ridden a … Continue reading

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Taking Chances

“It’s raining,” I said. “Run anyway,” she replied. “I’ll get sick.” “Don’t be a wuss.” Last week we went kayaking.  She forgot my helmet. She thinks we should go skydiving. She’s very enthusiastic about my upcoming mission trip to Cartagena. … Continue reading

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