Category: flash fiction

SYSTEM.ERROR

Nana raised the newborns until they were five, dutifully executing the commands programmed within her that SimulBio guaranteed would produce ideal children. On Disconnect Day, they wailed for her from their biological parents’ arms, but Nana disguised her anguish with steely indifference. Emotional anomalies indicated a system malfunction. She wouldn’t be recycled like the others.…

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Another Year

My entry to the NYC Midnight 100-word microfiction challenge, round 1. The restrictions were it had to be a drama story containing the action of cutting a ribbon with the word “problem”. He bought the Barbie in the crumbled box splattered with price tags. He clawed at the stickers, leaving a gooey residue smeared across…

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The Deal

The water beaded from stalactites and hammered the stone floor like the ticking of a clock. Elona timed her muted steps to the sounds as she traversed the cave. Shadows danced in the light of the candle gripped between her trembling hands. They twirled on the cave walls and flittered behind stalagmites when she turned…

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The Hunger

Daisy’s stomach woke her like a flea biting where she couldn’t scratch. As she stretched, imagining herself as a great tiger readying to hunt, she glanced first to the window where the morning light warmed the sill for a post-breakfast snooze and then to the bed where her human slept. Panic flooded her as she realized her…

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The Machine

“You don’t have to do this,” she said. Her voice was calm and soothing, like all the other machines of her prototype.“The Network decreed cyborgs are fine, you’re still part of our web, after all.”

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Alive from Radio City

The fly fell to the white linoleum floor, landing on its wings. Its legs twitched one last time before curling inward to the insect’s hairy black body. A skinny brown tabby cautiously approached from its hiding place beneath the desk where it had fled as the flyswatter smacked the glass. It batted the small body, flicking it across the floor to where a small but growing pile of swatted flies rested beside a dirty little box. Satisfied, it returned to stare out the large windows that encompassed a quarter of the office walls.

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The Felis Catus Official Strategy Guide

Welcome to the official strategy guide for Felis Catus, affectionately called by its biggest fans as simply “Felis”! Felis is Mammalia Corporation’s second most-popular production—next to Canis Familiaris—with over 500 million copies sold worldwide.  A special note to long-time players of Canis: while Canis is famed for its family-friendliness and multiplayer compatibility, Felis only supports…

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