Short story: Valentine special

The boy took long strides through a narrow passageway behind the university's building. He climbed a heap of unused tables onto the roof of a storage sack. From there, he made a dash and leaped over the fence. He landed on all four, rolled on the ground a few times before slamming his back against… Continue reading Short story: Valentine special

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Kleine Geschichte: Das Land ohne Wege

„Der Krieg dauerte so lange, dass er nicht mehr hoffen konnte, das Vaterland wiede zusehen.“ Es war 1943, der kälteste Winter in den letzten vier Jahren. Herr Müller und seine Kollegen--Herr Fischer, Herr Abrecht und Herr Schneider—schliefen bei einer Feuer auf der Wiese in Frankreich. Gestern kamen sie aus der Schweiz nach Lyon. Der Weg… Continue reading Kleine Geschichte: Das Land ohne Wege

Short story: Halloween special

They ventured into the crypt: five militias, two knights, two priests, and one dog; torches in hands, provisions on backs, and a primal fright at heart. Leading the pack, the younger of the knights, Sir Rathamul brandished a sword and a spiked lantern shield. The oil lantern, a part of his shield’s gauntlet, emanated a… Continue reading Short story: Halloween special

Short story: “Death”, “Hat”, “Gene”

Sasaki knew nothing would change if she begged for help. She had been there. Weak kids had weak parents who would blame their own child to appease the other kid’s parents. Her parents were weak but she was not. Thus, when Sasaki broke the glass with her satchel and waved a glass fragment at the bullies,… Continue reading Short story: “Death”, “Hat”, “Gene”

Short story: “Lawyer”, “A.I.”, “Wikipedia”

Percy was about to throw the papers in the bin when he got a follow-up call from the seventy-two-year-old plutocrat who owned these papers. He was warned not to take the proposal lightly, whereupon he explained the difficulty to not take these papers lightly. Following a long, two-hour dialogue, the man convinced the mayor to… Continue reading Short story: “Lawyer”, “A.I.”, “Wikipedia”

Short story: “Rain”, “Bottle”, “Bookstore”

A mother and her young son sought refuge from a sudden rain in the bookstore I worked in. They were not the only ones pulled from the busy torrent of city life by the weather. Half a dozen others were standing at the porch, a few drenched to the sole of their feet; all looking… Continue reading Short story: “Rain”, “Bottle”, “Bookstore”

Short story: “Swimming pool”, “Cicada”, “Airplane”

N.Jon woke up with a broken rib and a mouth full of sand. The sun was burning atop the cloudless blue sky. His throat felt dry, so dry that he could drink his own blood, had it still been flowing out from the seashell cuts on his limbs, to quench this thirst. He cried. He… Continue reading Short story: “Swimming pool”, “Cicada”, “Airplane”

Short story: “Cat”, “Pumpkin”, “Headphone”

A man was run over by a truck while rescuing a cat from a tree. Another man was charged with manslaughter. People saw the driver leaving the cabin wearing a headphone. He confirmed the testimony to the police when they asked, and added how he had not slept for thirty two hours at the time and he needed the… Continue reading Short story: “Cat”, “Pumpkin”, “Headphone”