Archive | January, 2013

My Brother, David

Anyone can save the day like on television or in the movies. Sometimes, it’s even your brother. Find out how, in this true short story by author, Christy Murphy. My Brother David “Oh no!” I gasp out loud to my brother. “I forgot my gym clothes.” My voice is tight and thin with anxiety. PE […]

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by Sylvia Krakauer Enjoy these flash fiction stories all about epiphanies. I had an epiphany today about my priorities. I no longer let my underwear soak in the sink while I shower because my cat recently started climbing into sink and sitting in the basin. I think that if I had soap in the sink […]

Short But Sweet Stories of Revenge

by Christy MurphyShe forced herself to relax as she lined up her sights and waited for her view to be unobstructed. As the carnival goers moved away from her target, she held her breath and pulled the trigger. No one would ever suffer at his hands again. * * * * * Some might think […]

Whoever Promised That Life Would be Fair

by Sylvia Krakauer Almost everyone I know remembers the first time the previously dispositive complaint “That’s not fair” was not met with a sincere effort to make things right but with a dismissive “Whoever promised that life would be fair?” Most of us were shocked into silence without fully grasping that our worlds were forever […]

Bad Dating Stories in Five Lines or Fewer

By Christy Murphy “You don’t have to if you don’t want to,” he said, but she couldn’t risk that he didn’t mean it. She closed her eyes, silenced her inner warning bells, and followed him down the hall. * * * * * As she rants about her ex-boyfriend’s commitment issues during their coffee date, […]

You’ve Been Selected

by Christy Murphy After having worked in fast food and retail, I thought I’d hit the big time when I scored a job working at Birch Radio Research . There I had reached the holy grail of all high school part-time jobs, I got to SIT instead of stand for a whole shift. When I […]

My Next Move

by Christy Murphy The sharp, cracking sound of our bamboo sticks colliding both frightens and impresses me. The speed of the drill increases, and my nervous laughter kicks in. Luloy, my Filipino arnis instructor, laughs, too, but he doesn’t stop the drill. I am moving faster and sweating more than I ever thought I could. […]

Falling in Love (with a girl)

by Sylvia KrakauerFalling in love is an ephemeral thing. I must be more attuned to the ephemeral than most because I fall in love all the time. But on one special day, the object of my affections was not a man. It was not even, despite my usual admiration for the species, human. It was […]

The Chicken Place on Laurel

I’m 30, single, and living in Los Angeles. Thanks to my foray into online dating, I feel like I’m living my own version of Sex and the City. Except instead of going to Fifth Avenue parties with Mr. Big, I find myself on many awkward dates with engineers at the Macaroni Grill. I bring this […]

Money Light

by Christy Murphy I’d never classify my family as poor when I was growing up, but I can say that, looking back on it, there were times when we may have been more “money light” than other people. I know this because, I have heard friends refer to things that I had no real concept […]