In the event of:
1. Flood – Assemble food and first aid kit. Be ready to evacuate.
2. Fire – Leave immediately. Once out, call emergency services.
3. Earthquake – Stay indoors. Prepare for cracks to appear in foundations. Do not involve passers-by. Subsidence is inevitable.
4. Marriage – Follow procedure in step 3.
Jo Withers writes micros, flash, and poetry from her home in South Australia. Recent work has appeared in Molotov Cocktail, Ellipsis Zine, Flashback Fiction, Spelk, 24 Unread Messages, and Mythic Picnic.
Worse than ants, worse than soured milk. Worse than forgotten forks.
The drone of the helicopter ambulance roared in their bellies the closer it came. It set down in the field, sending the banner that read CELEBRATING 50 YEARS soaring over their heads.
It was clear the party was over.
Ashley Hutson has been published in Hedge Apple Magazine and was a finalist in this year’s Lascaux 250 Flash Fiction contest. She lives in Sharpsburg, MD.
Memories arise as she gradually awakens from her medical stupor. Behind her closed eyelids, she remembers the ambulance, doctors, and then the rush into C-section surgery.
Did her sweet baby–no wait, babies–make it?
She peeks open her hazel eyes to find two congratulatory balloons. One pink. One blue.
Jewel is a stay at home mother who spends her days chasing after her spunky two year old, and her free time writing and entering contests on sites such as Needle in the Hay.
“Nine-one-one, what’s your emergency?”
“Can’t breathe… Heart pounding… Need an ambulance…”
“Where are you, sir?”
“Payphone, 10th and Grand… Please hurry!”
“Are you injured?”
“Do you have health problems? Asthma?”
“Has this happened before?”
“What were you doing when the breathing problems started?”
“Running from the cops.”
Gary Clifton, forty years a cop, has short fiction pieces published or pending on over 40 online sites. He has an M.S. from Abilene Christian University.