Secret Admirer by Dawn Pisturino

The first day of May had arrived, and the world seemed bursting with flowers – red, yellow, purple, blue, and pink!  As Amy walked home from her office job, she breathed in the sweet fragrances that wafted all around her, from the blooming gardens bordering the sidewalk to the flower boxes – alive with living…

South to Key West by Edward N. McConnell

A stiff breeze whipped across the snowy field. There was silence . . . then,             “Cold today, isn’t it?” The wife said.             “Yeah, not as bad as last week though. I don’t know why we stay here in the winter. Next year, let’s go south, I’m thinking Key West,” said the husband.            …

Death of a Stranger by Joni Caggiano

Hearing the rush of nurses heading toward the ICU, I followed the herd.  My youthful intuition was kicking in as an eerie sense of suffocation and dread encircled me.  I suddenly felt like a child waking from a nightmare.  I was already on edge since yesterday having been informed that three nurses were raped in…

Cold Red Washcloth by Joni Caggiano

The fog was so feathery that its appearance was like a thin sheet floating just above the tops of the Longleaf Pines. Catching the sun coming up tomorrow was what I wanted, and I was considering staying up all night. Closing my eyes again, the next thing I knew, someone was shoving my shoulder. I…

The Storyteller by Tiffini Johnson

I got out of this town as soon as I could.  I got out of this house when I turned eighteen.  I didn’t think I’d ever come back. The scholarship from Yale was the best thing that happened to me in years, if not ever. It was about more than the medical degree. It was…

The Quiet by Britta Benson

It can only stay quiet for a certain time. That first uncertain time, when the survivors hunker down, stay as low as they possibly can and live on scraps and dust mites. Some have planned for this and built a bunker. I guess, they’ll be slightly more comfortable. Mum and dad didn’t see the point….

A Coffin Maker’s Choice by Edward N. McConnell

“You know friend, I make coffins, can’t seem to sell any though, people aren’t dying fast enough.” On a February 2020 morning, Cappy Bates, a struggling coffin maker, was telling a potential customer his business was bad. More of a craftsman than a salesman, Cappy didn’t like small talk. Yet, here he was, instead of…

The Puppet Heart by Deepthy

He found her on the roadside, many thoughts ago. Like a flower frozen in spring was she – with blond ringlets and stark blue eyes. He could see her story the moment he laid eyes on her. She had been brought into a home loved, she was used and finally discarded with. His mind was…

Fire in the River by Mercedes Freedman

Jafar says goodbye to the policeman who knocked on his door a while earlier. He goes to the dining-room where his eyes come to rest on the table, laid for dinner with Hadi when he comes home from university. He will have to get used to his meals without his son from now on.  He…

Stars Go Blue by Rhyan Scorpio-Rhys

It was a secret place, a quarter acre of Eden abandoned and erased from the mind of mankind the instant the original sin was committed, and I had stumbled upon it quite by accident. No, that was a lie and I promised myself I would not defile the sanctity of the garden if it could…

All Dogs Go to Heaven by Brenda Colbath

The noisy intersection was filled with people hurrying and ignoring fellow travelers. They were abruptly yanked from their reverie when they heard the screech of brakes and a sickening thud! The victim’s scream was mercifully short! Onlookers froze in horror at the sight of the victim crumpled under the bus. “Oh, my God, he just…

Close To Even by Edward N. McConnell

John Halston watched as the man counted out the bills and laid them on his desk. “You’re short. That’s two thousand five hundred. The retainer is three thousand,” he said. “I can get more but, right now, it’s all I got. My boy’s in trouble. Only you can help.” His son was busted for selling…