The Book Club

Mr. Leverette had taught wood shop at Bennett Middle School for nearly twenty years. In those two decades he’d managed to avoid school politics, fashion trends, three assistant principals, and more budget cuts than he could remember. Mr. Leverette kept his shop clean, his tools well-maintained and sharp. He took on each day like a... Continue Reading →

The Evil Twins

The knocking was swift, sharp, and not entirely unexpected. Sandra Donningham opened the door to find a handsome, clean shaven man with piercing brown eyes. “Good afternoon, Ma’am. Sorry to disturb you.” Sandra smiled at the man’s precise accent. The careful consideration to pronounce syllables. She couldn’t help parroting his crisp pronunciation. “It’s no problem.... Continue Reading →

The Elusive Demon

“Think about what you’re doing, Lilith.” “It’s all I’ve thought about, Mom.” “You’re throwing everything away. Everything your father and I have worked for.” “What my father has worked for. Mom, I’ve never completed a service.” “You will, darling. It will come.” Mom turned, her robe billowing as she gazed out the windows, to the... Continue Reading →

Crowbar

It was a crisp sunny day as Dad drove Ali and me to school. We passed the abandoned warehouses, crumbling storefronts, and the gas station with bars on the windows, the peeling beer and cigarette signs on the cinder block walls. We were so hip now that we’d moved back to the city. “That’s where... Continue Reading →

Matt

They called him Freddy Krueger, which, was not only mean but unoriginal. On the playground, the girls would creep up to him then go running off screaming at the top of their lungs. The boys would see him in the hallways, nudge each other, lean in close, staring at him like he was fine print.... Continue Reading →

Strong Like Kong

At the beginning of summer vacation, my dad came home from work wearing a gorilla mask. It was a gag, some silly advertising promotion from the office, but I loved it. When I put it on everything changed. I wore the mask around the house at first, getting our Buck, our husky mix all wound... Continue Reading →

In a Flash

Ricky was through with it, through with it all. He’d been railroaded in the courtroom. Couldn’t see his kids. Denise refused his calls. Now she wanted more money. Well, he’d show her. He knew she was up at the lake for the weekend, getting the most out of that two hundred a week he was... Continue Reading →

Heard

Maybe it was the light speed thoughts inside his head. His brother’s death. The fact that he had a father, out there roaming the earth—could be—laughing, crying, functioning as a human being. Making zero effort to reach him. Maybe it was just boredom that drove Jayden up to the roof. No stars. A cover of... Continue Reading →

Normandy

*This story was first published in The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology Vol. I   My room was busy today. My son Tate with his kids, his oldest with a kid of her own. Waves of names crashed down on me. Noise and commotion, voices talking over top of each other. I could... Continue Reading →

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