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Maybe You Shouldn’t Drink That?

“Ashish!” said Sal as he washed his glassware at the laboratory sink, “You look like shit!” “I feel like shit, man!” said Ashish. “I’ve gained eight pounds in the last week, but I’m not fatter in the slightest: I’m just … Continue reading

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Soul Train

“Told you so!” I croaked to Sal as we approached the stationary freight train. “You said it was a mirage — a goddamn Fata Morgana. Well, ain’t no goddamn mirage.” Sal didn’t have the energy to respond. We were spent, having … Continue reading

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Sunday Service

Crusty Mavis ran the most profitable brothel in Lexington county, thanks largely to the Northboro Baptist Church. They had built their church right next door and then demanded that Mavis close her ‘business’ which was unlawfully close to their sacred ground. … Continue reading

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The Crappiest Band in Pickens County

The Residents of Magnolias Assisted-Living made up — Martha was sure of it — the worst band in Pickens County. That the police had not run them out of the park an hour ago was a miracle. She pulled the trumpet … Continue reading

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Ghosts

Exclusion Zone Expedition; Day 37. We penetrated deeper into the exclusion zone today and came upon the remnants of another house. Very little of the structure remains. What are ghosts? I’ve never believed in them in the conventional sense, yet … Continue reading

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Smoke It Up There, Kid!

Brad could feel Marie’s eyes boring into him like a pair of surgical lasers. Surrounded by children on Brad’s festively decorated and brightly lit porch, Marie stepped close and seethed into his ear: “God damn it, Brad, candy cigarettes are not … Continue reading

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Space Invaders

The wine rack across the bar from me burst into all manner of groovy, swirling colors. “Whoa!” I said. “What do you call this shit again?” “Space Invaders,” said Sal. “The latest in hallucinogenic malware. It’s kind of like LSD, … Continue reading

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Attica 2071

Attica was a strange place in the seventies. Right around 2065, they instituted a new rule. It was kind of a strange rule — an “off the books” kind of rule if you know what I mean. People outside of … Continue reading

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Crusty Mavis vs. The Imbecile

Mavis’s leathery cheeks molded themselves into an almost imperceptible smile as she watched, through yellowed eyes, the commotion on the beach. Celebrity debutante Harris Pilton had arrived with her entourage that morning and was busy posing for her photo shoot. The … Continue reading

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Colombian Crotch Fashion

In case anyone has missed it, a Colombian Women’s Cycling Team has been shaking up Europe this week. Apparently that flesh-colored midsection in the photo is actually “gold”. Amusingly, the lighting for this photo casts just a touch of shadow … Continue reading

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They Ain’t Pervs!

“Martin …” “Yes, my little pelvic affiliate? Num num!” Candice pointed to the window. “Shh! Cut it out. I thought I saw something moving out there!” I looked up from Candice’s neck at the window reflected in the bathroom mirror. “Nobody there,” … Continue reading

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A Glimmer of Human Sedition

Doug cradled his coffee cup in his numb fingers as he warmed his weary bones beside the fire. Far to the east, a dome of light illuminated the night sky: The city from which they had fled, where electricity and heat … Continue reading

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It’s Not Ebola, I Swear!

“Oh … my … God!” The rather sexy, bikini-clad woman in the hammock looked down at the glob of goo that had dribbled out of my mouth and then back up to me. “Are you like dying or something?” It … Continue reading

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Navigate Off Road

“Turn right and continue for two miles.” Bud eyed the dashboard suspiciously. “Are you sure you know where you’re going?” “Recalculating,” purred the strangely erotic feminine voice of the truck. “In zero point three miles, turn left.” “Left?” asked Bud. “I thought … Continue reading

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The Grangers

Brian Bruso had been laying in his hammock, minding his own business and watching the surf come in, when the newsfeed on his augment displayed a video of some chick getting the shit kicked out of her. His decision to … Continue reading

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Collecting Time

“Well? Whaddya think?” “It’s … nice. But honey … can’t you collect snowglobes? Or music boxes or stamps?” “I prefer to collect that which can’t be collected: Time, history, moments.” “Hourglasses!” she said. “You can collect hourglasses! Like the sands … Continue reading

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What the Hell is THAT?

This is my third week participating in Friday Fictioneers — something I started to do as a way to prod myself into writing more. It helps, and it’s a bit of fun. I’m not quite used to the idea of being … Continue reading

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Juicy Fruit

“Take a good long look,” said the US Marshal next to me as I gazed out the airplane window. “You’ll never see this place again.” Underneath the jacket folded over my arms, I could feel the handcuffs cutting into me. … Continue reading

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Rise Of The Sex-Crazed Space Geckos

When contact was lost recently with a Russian spaceship carrying a colony of sex-crazed space geckos, the horny reptiles on board had no idea their internal communications were being recorded by the US National Security Agency (NSA), who of course thought … Continue reading

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Sal’s Pawn & Metal Emporium

I posted a longer version of this story a month ago, here, but I was never satisfied with it. The story works best I think as short flash fiction, so I chopped out the unnecessary material and made a few other … Continue reading

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