Short story: Sprinkler, Bicycle, Nose

Two predators were chasing after one prey. The first was sitting on top of a suburban train running at top speed, with a loaded pistol in his grip. Somewhere among the skyscrapers within three kilometers radius from the first predator, the second predator–a long-range sniper–was also lying in ambush. Their prey, an unidentified mercenary, had… Continue reading Short story: Sprinkler, Bicycle, Nose

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Flash fiction: Never said you are…

Following a tip online, the slender Asian boy found himself at a hidden net cafe in the back of an innocuous antique store. There, he met his contact and was mildly disappointed to see a man instead of a woman. That made the both of them, two dudes offline running female profiles online. After a… Continue reading Flash fiction: Never said you are…

Flash fiction: Transactions are final

A short Asian girl with a black blazer and white miniskirt brought her grocery on the checkout's conveyor belt. An old Chinese woman behind the counter said something in Cantonese but the girl appeared dumbfounded. "Chinese? No?" the woman asked in English. The girl shook her head. "Japanese", she answered. The woman nodded and began… Continue reading Flash fiction: Transactions are final

Flash fiction: Perfectly calm people

At a certain airport, on a certain day, a woman bumped into someone who was leaving the currency exchange. Before the bearded Arab with a pink headscarf could do anything, the woman raised her voice and said: "Calm down, good sir! You're making this a bigger fuss than it is." "But I'm perfectly calm and… Continue reading Flash fiction: Perfectly calm people

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”