Author Archives: anni

Flash Fiction: Cock up

“Well, where is it?” said Comrade Whipp. The frustration and impatience he was trying and failing to mask seeped into his voice. “We were told this was a hall for venerating your ancestors, or some such feudal garbage. Where is … Continue reading

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Fiction: The Dog

He drank in the cool morning air floating about him. Rays of early sunlight tipped over the top of the houses. Just ahead, there was a crash and a yelp, followed by several menacing barks. Jacob crouched instinctively, and cautiously … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction: Life/Cycle

As I lie here, immobile, I look back on my life. The best memories come first: sunshine, a hillside, flying fast, wind whipping through her hair. Her name was Melanie, and we met four years ago. Melanie, Melanie… She had … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction: Just Like That Bluebird

“Once there was a girl–” “Oh, Grandma, why does this story have to be about a girl?” “Hush now. Plenty of girls have had to listen to tales of boy-heroes. You would do well to sit still and listen for … Continue reading

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Fiction: Curse of the Rose

The briars had been there since I could remember. They made a wall so thick and thorny that not even my dragon–the best climber I knew–could find a way through. That did not stop us from trying. “If I have … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction: Underworld

This story can now be seen in Spittoon Literary Magazine Issue 1, published in Beijing. Shout-out to the guys at Spittoon! Mama had always told him mermaids were real. She had grown up on a tiny island somewhere in the … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction: Earth to Earth

Interplanetary Alliance Historical Record 6778 Excerpt from a Common Tongue log kept by the Queen of Ktkkh When the ones from the stars arrived, we made a bad first impression. In our defence, we had never seen creatures with so … Continue reading

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