Short Stories

Ten Decades of Ruling, No More

This letter was found on the desk of the North Korean Premier on 2 September 2020 and declassified by the United States Government on 12 September 2048. The Premier was found dead, succumbing to a self inflicted gunshot wound, after an apparent murder-suicide plot to kill members of the Democratic Read more…

By ryan, ago
Short Stories

A Family of Should Haves

The gathering of the estranged family members was not for the joyful reason Martha Cole had planned, or rather hoped for. No, this gathering was a post-funeral meeting for the passing of Ms. Cole. Sitting in Ms. Cole’s private office was a group of nine people, most of whom haven’t Read more…

By ryan, ago
Short Stories

Red Fades to Black

Stumbling over rooftop pipes and intricately connected heat ducts fused to the residence spaces below I become aware that I can’t feel my own warmth. Perhaps expected on a night like this. It is, after-all, rather cold. However, I’m torn away from this nonissue-thought as I begin looking around; I Read more…

By ryan, ago
Short Stories

A support group meeting

The room was nothing special. Your standard cinder block church style where the whitewash walls make an elongated room feel dingy. They could have been going for a snow scene, but ended up with the dirty prison look. In the eye squinting dark corner- old prison movie lighting- sat a Read more…

By ryan, ago
Short Stories

Crush and be Crushed

I was asked to give you a quick lesson on the Sylvilagus floridanus. Topics were to cover its medium height ears, the fluff of gray and/or brown, and its appropriate tail color of white. Yes, this was going to be a quick narrative of the Eastern Cottontail rabbit, specifically, those living amid Read more…

By ryan, ago
Short Stories

Noise

He said it started with a dull buzzing and light ring in his left ear. Then moved to his right. That was, um, about four or five days ago. He went and saw Doctor Brine on the second floor yesterday and last night Brine admitted him here," the man with Read more…

By ryan, ago
Short Stories

He used a fork. Sam didn’t.

Warning! May be graphic to some readers. Contains domestic violence and language. Sam was finishing his after-school peanut butter and jelly sandwich when the phone on the kitchen counter rang. Sam answered, unraveling the phone cord. “Hey Mom. Thirty-five minutes? Sure, I’ll be ready.” Pausing for a moment he asked Read more…

By ryan, ago