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Fiction · Flash Fiction · LGBT
The Checklist

"Hey, I know this is kind of weird, but before we head out, I need to ask you a few questions." "Okay? Sure, I guess. What about?" "Been reading stuff on the Internet. Scary shit, just gotta make sure. So you're a guy right?" "What? You've known me for three years. How could you not…

Fantasy · Fiction · Flash Fiction · Heavy Handed Parable · Modern Fantasy
The Cuckoo

"Cuckoo, cuckoo!" The Cuckoo cried. His bright orange plumage flowed behind him, catching the sunlight just so. The people flocked to him, tripping over themselves to give him their riches. He'd grow fat on the wealth of faraway lands and promised to show the people his ways. Soon the riches of the people dwindled. Angry,…

Fantasy · Fiction · Flash Fiction · Heavy Handed Parable
The Power of Thoughts and Prayers

High up on the hill overlooking The Village lived a wealthy merchant. He had worked hard to become as wealthy as he was and often spent his time bragging about his wealth to the villagers below. For their part, The Villagers were annoyed by his boasting, but took it in stride. After all, he had…

Flash Fiction · Nonfiction
Night Dreams

We amble into the place just after 2:16 in the morning, like we always did, like we always had.  The florescent lights beam down on us, and a freshly mopped floor waits for us to trample dirt into the pale white linoleum.  Past the linoleum a puce carpet holds a crowded cluster of faux wooden…

Fiction · Flash Fiction · LGBT
Get In Your Box!

"I'm an attack helicopter!" he proclaimed. "I'm a man-cheetah!" his friend declared. "What are you two talking about?" they asked. "You said you're gender fluid," said the attack helicopter, "everyone knows there's only two biological genders." "Yeah!" agreed the man-cheetah, "So if you don't have to be male or female, then I can be a…

Flash Fiction · Science Fiction
The More Things Change

This just in from GNA: Work on the known universe's first Dyson Sphere came to a "crashing" halt today when the Colossus Class freighter Enderion collided with the sphere upon exiting sub-space. Initial reports indicate that not only did the impact cause systemic failure across all the spheres power system, but has also destabilized the…