I planted it in dark soil, watered it with tears of anger and hate. It grew around my heart and twisted round my soul. Ebony thorns tore wounds that no one could see. Inside I was bleeding. At last a dark rose bloomed. The scent of bitterness filled me completely.
David likes gardening and writing 50-word stories. He has most recently had work published in Helios QUarterly, Gnu Magazine, The Machinery, Three Drops From the Cauldron, Summer Fling – Tales of Seduction, Short Tale 100, Blink-Ink, and 50-Word Stories.
“I’ll never hurt you.”
Forgetting the promises made in whispered words.
Her mind refused to accept the end,
As her fingers refused to let go
Of the knife plunged into his chest.
She willed him to breathe,
To tell her again that their love was real…
But how could he?
Joya Williams is married and a mother of 2 beautiful girls. She loves writing in her spare time (and if you’re a parent you are laughing at that comment right now). She writes short stories and is currently working on her first novel (with all that spare time she has).
I escape the house and run, crying, into the backyard. Examining hand-shaped bruises on my small body, I notice an anthill. Yesterday, I watched these ants a long time. Today is different. Raging, I stomp the anthill flat. Ants scurry in panic and writhe in pain.
It doesn’t help much.
Sam Gem is a writer of flash fiction, short stories, and maybe a novel someday. He resides in upstate New York.