21. The Bet

As the year nears its end, here is the 21st story in the “Fiction by Numbers” flash fiction series. This week, a deal with a supernatural twist… *  *  *  *  * “What’d you bet?” A drop of sweat ran down Matt’s face. What was he betting? His home, his life, his family’s future? HowContinue reading “21. The Bet”

20. The End of the Twenties

I’m back with another “Fiction by Numbers” tale.  We are now up to number 20. *  *  *  *  * In her apartment high on the hillside above Hollywood, Lotte raised her glass of champagne to the twinkling lights of the city. The air was sweet with the scent of hibiscus and geranium. The lowContinue reading “20. The End of the Twenties”

19. Halloween Story – The nineteenth floor

“The lift never stops on the nineteenth floor,” the two guys from IT were talking beside me. “Sure,” grinned the bigger guy, “ that’s because of the ghost.” They didn’t see me shiver. They stepped out and the lift lurched upwards. The truth was I always felt colder as I passed the nineteenth floor. I’dContinue reading “19. Halloween Story – The nineteenth floor”

18. Signs

This week, an ominous tale…. *  *  *  *  * The signs had been read years before. The astrologers and the soothsayers, the readers of runes and the oracles in the mountains, all reported the same thing. 18. The king had sat in his throne room musing on the meaning of this sign. Over time,Continue reading “18. Signs”

17. Real Jobs

“One of us is going to have to get a job.” Billy, the aspiring game designer, looked around at his roommates in the crowded apartment. It may have been in Sydney, Australia or Brooklyn, New York or London, England. Anywhere where rent was high and dreams were so hard to reach. “I’ve already got aContinue reading “17. Real Jobs”

Don’t Let the World Pass You By

  It’s the return of the cartoons! Writing, blogging, indie publishing, not to mention day-jobs, night-jobs, pets, kids, etc often seem to leave no time for anything else. So don’t forget to take time out, and don’t let the world pass you by. *  *  *  *  * And.. a promotion! “Midnight in Dublin” isContinue reading “Don’t Let the World Pass You By”

Two Sentence Stories

The return of Two Sentence Stories – a tale in two sentences! Flash fiction resumes on Friday. *  *  *  *  * Their only chance was the hour before sunrise. Deep within the earth, the remaining humans set off in single file, to save their planet. *  *  *  *  * “If only you couldContinue reading “Two Sentence Stories”

16. The Gulls

Another urban paranormal tale… *  *  *  *  * Seagulls normally flew ashore when there was a storm at sea, but that morning was fine and sunny. As Ed walked across the square in front of Circular Quay, he was amazed by the number of crisp white wings fluttering in the sky and then soaringContinue reading “16. The Gulls”

14. Time Travel

This week, a lighthearted tale… *  *  *  *  * “Do you want a seat?” the guy sitting by the bus window asked. “Sure,” Janey had been happy to stand, but now she saw the seat was free. The guy moved over and she perched next to him. He had a slide phone. Janey hadn’tContinue reading “14. Time Travel”