Category: Fiction

From Hell

(drabble, 100 words)
upcoming in Drabbledark II: An Anthology of Dark Drabbles

Synopsis: A modern take on one of the most elusive killers in history.

Will soon be available for preorder in Print and ebook.

Shoah

(drabble, 100 words)
published in Chronos: An Anthology of Time Drabbles
August 30, 2018

Synopsis: A momentary glimpse at the horrors humans are capable of.

Available for order in Print and ebook.

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July 8, 2018
prompt: squeeze

Shots fired from behind. He squeezed his thighs and leaned forward, urging his horse to go faster. With coin in his pocket, and a bumbling sherrif left in the dust, he grinned. They could slap his face on as many ‘Wanted’ posters as they liked; they’d never catch him.

July 20, 2018
prompt: plank

Ella looked down and swallowed the bile in her throat. One misstep and she was finished.

“Don’t do that,” Sinclair said, one foot on the plank and the other planted firmly on the roof. “Look only at me.”

She put one foot in front of the other and prayed.

July 21, 2018
prompt: breeze

She clutched the urn to her chest, her weathered ring scraping against the steel. With one last goodbye, she unscrewed the lid and watched the breeze carry his ashes around the world one last time.

July 24, 2018
prompt: impossible

It was impossible. Ella thought the technology still a few years away. She traced the bolts, eyed the cogs. “How does it feel?”

Cook stretched out his mechanical arm, creating a fist. “Light.” He grinned. “Let’s see how it fairs in my kitchen.”

July 27, 2018
prompt: cheese

“I’m the big cheese,” you used to say. We’d laugh all night.

“I’m the man. Me, not you,” you now say. I cry all night, flinching at the smallest sound.

August 5, 2018
prompt: finger

I lathered jam on a piece of toast and licked a dollop from my finger.

My aunt’s voice cut across the room. I looked up, thumb sliding out of my mouth.

“Your Ladyship?”

“A lady does not lick food from her fingers.”

“My apologies,” I shoved my hands under the table.

August 7, 2018
prompt: flush

Sinclair pulled her flush against him. There would be no escape this time. “I believe you promised me this dance.”

Cheeks heated, Ella straightened and met his gaze. “So I did, M’lord.” He may have won the battle, but she would win the war. She’d never marry.

August 30, 2018
prompt: disappear

Ella’s heels clicked on the cobblestones, and she pulled her wool shawl tight. The moon fought to light the alley, but open shutters and overloaded clothes lines left it mostly in shadows. She moved deeper into the darkness and disappeared.

Ripe with Life and Death

(drabble, 100 words)
published by Drabblez Magazine, Issue 3

August in Israel is a hot, brooding month. The Dead Sea’s sulfuric scent lingers, and birds gorge on dragon fruit. Bananas ripen. Opuntias burst. Dissolute mosquitos fly vacuously. Then they stun themselves against human skin and die, squashed in the sand.

By early September, the heat wave breaks and there are three months of humidity and wind with sudden spells of rain.

The Southern Border remains a sand cloud. Persimmons take root and bloom in the north. Sheseks snake up garden fences. Tomatoes burst through laterite fields.

Bombs ply in the distance.

Bodies appear in the streets, potholes on highways.

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