Listen to Grandma, I was told.
“Little steps help you climb the ladder of success.”
“Never look back, onward and upwards.”
“Wipe away the smears of detractors.”
“Shine in your achievements; be part of the gleaming city.”
Good advice; so I quit university and became a window cleaner.
Stuart is from Christchurch New Zealand. He is retired and enjoys writing flash and short stories. He is working on a children’s book.
I glanced at her.
She eyeballed me.
Silent intensity swelled
As the space truncated.
We were finding it difficult to breathe
The smell, the heavy footsteps.
And yet we couldn’t bring ourselves to speak
And state the obvious.
A literal presence:
The elephant in the room.
Jon is from the North West of England and works in local Government with a background in Newspaper Journalism. He’s a father of two, who inspire him. He is attempting to write more and be creative with short written forms.
His eyes were glued to her as she moved gracefully across the dance floor.
As graceful as was possible with the fourteen stone man’s eyeballs stuck to her.
The drag quite honestly made a frightful mess of his trousers.
He tried to recover his composure.
She needed access to acetone.
Jon is a local government employee with a Newspaper Journalism background. He’s new to writing shorts. They’ve never really fit.
You opened my heart; you saw inside me; you understood what I needed.
You were the one that awoke me to a brand new day and helped me live again.
Without you I wouldn’t be here, I couldn’t be here. You are my one and only saviour.
My heart surgeon.
Connell was inspired to write this story by his father-in-law’s successful heart valve operation, which was originally misdiagnosed in another hospital. See more of his literary mishaps at paragraphplanet and home.wtd-magazine.com.
“One last thing, Officer Markham.”
“Look out for youths wearing baggy trousers. That’s the mark of the Hooligans’ Club!”
“Yes, sir!” Markham strode off on patrol.
The Captain chuckled. Rookies were so gullible!
He felt differently later, while processing the paperwork for seventeen wrongful arrests of baggy-trousered teenagers.
This story is based on the title suggested by Nicholas Barlow.
He lived inside his phone, drifting from app to app and nesting in the dim recesses of the End Call button.
He’d been there since the rotary days. The passing years had drastically reduced his living space.
He had no idea how he’d fit his mattress into a Bluetooth headset.
When he got his Visa bill, his eyes popped out of his skull.
They literally fell right out. We aren’t sure if something on the bill caused it, or if the two events were unrelated. All we know is that his eyeballs ended up on the floor.
It was gross.