Millions of microbes live symbiotically on every body, but this particular infestation was way out of control. Gaia had tried shaking them off, drowning them with strong showers, even killing them with heat, but through it all they persisted.
Finally, she stopped spinning and watched them float off into space.
Nathan Alling Long’s work has appeared in over 100 publications most recently in Manhattanville Review, Mud Season Review, and The Journal for Compressed Creative Arts. His collection of fifty flash fictions, The Origin of Doubt, was released in Spring 2018 by Press 53.
“Excuse me, sir. You’ll have to come down.”
“Is there a problem, officer?”
“Well, yes. You see, you’re standing on the ceiling.”
“Indeed. What of it?”
“It’s against regulations.”
“What regulations are those?”
“Oh, you know, physics, mostly.”
“Ah, I wasn’t aware.” Fwump.
“Much obliged, sir. Ambulance?”
“…Yes, thank you…”
This story is based on a title suggested by @Vanguard1219.
Bradley loved Veronica, and he hated it. He hated his attraction to her arrogance. Mostly, though, he hated that she hated him.
Veronica hated lots of boys: she valued her spitefulness; but she especially hated Bradley.
They circled each other in ever-decreasing orbits, their gravitational forces growing, like doomed planets.
This story is based on a title suggested by Jonas Funk.