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Joey The wind blowing off Lake Michigan gives me jitters. It’s rattling the trolley wires, and the street lights hanging off them …

11 Min Read
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The white fluorescent lights of the modern classroom hurt Harold’s eyes as he walked into his sixth form class after lunch. He …

6 Min Read
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THUMP! CRASH! A deafening sound broke the silence of another peaceful evening in the cosy home of Miriam.  Miriam woke from her slumber …

10 Min Read
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  From the other side I watch them enter the church. Sitting at the altar, beside the priest, just near the satiny …

6 Min Read
Hunger

I steer the ute out along a dirt track for a while and stop only when I feel it is safe. I …

40 Min Read
Blue Dragon

“You know this woman?” Judith shoved the dog-eared photograph at the barman. He studied it and launched a chubby finger to her …

3 Min Read
Gift Part 7

Geoffrey prodded the white surgical tape that held the plastic cover over his right eye. By dodging his head one way and …

31 Min Read
Speak Easy

Paradiddle, flam, blam, now the side tom, boom boom boom, kick drum, snare, sticks in the air, roll it ‘n’ swing, shake …

3 Min Read
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Laura clicked off the tv with the worn-out remote and tossed it onto the battered coffee table. She sighed and lent her …

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Mutiny

Written By Eva Chow

Peter counted the iPhones in the box at least a dozen times.  He was definitely missing a few.  He returned nervously to …

5 Min Read
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“I miss Samantha.  She was so athletic and good-looking.  She used to bring home rats half her own size, being so petite …

8 Min Read
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  ‘Loonies speak their own language, like educated people.’ The Tree of Man, Patrick White     Let’s just walk, let’s just …

11 Min Read
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Too far

Posted by Grace N

Mihaela thought for a moment that she’d gone too far. “Hey! We’re all admiring your buns in those stretchy pants, Jen.” She’d …

2 Min Read
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Helena stepped back from the edge a second time. Breakers thudded against the rocks below and the sea-breeze ruffled the folds of …

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The shade from the London plane trees does a good job of extracting the sting of the sun. Now winter is over …

2 Min Read
Conduct Unbecoming

The bar heaved with the heat of drinkers, talkers and hangers-on. At the far end of the space, beyond shadowed dancing hordes, …

12 Min Read
Gift Part 6

“I’ll need you to drive,” said Dave when they arrived at his Audi. “I’ve got a couple of phone calls to make.” …

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Old Man and Harbour

The old man turned the skiff homeward. It had not been a successful day. The sea had misled him.  His pots were …

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Rocks

“Shona, why are you gripping the stern rail so tight? Are you seasick?” Oh Christ! It’s Veronica, the gym junkie. “Just enjoying …

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Sho Sushi was a traditional Japanese restaurant nestled in the main street of a small fishing village west of Japan.  An elderly …

3 Min Read
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It was my first time. The rifle was slippery in my fingers, and Jojo laughed when I nearly dropped it. I’d seen …

5 Min Read
In Good Spirits

The crisp air assailed them as they stepped outside. Dawn had not yet appeared, and the sky was glass clear, the moon …

15 Min Read
Gift Part 5

Back in his apartment, Geoffrey dialled the number of the only person he thought might understand his dilemma. “Dave, it’s Geoff.” “Geoffrey, …

12 Min Read
Lifesaver

“Show me where the diamonds are, Lehmann!” Lehmann’s face reddened under the throttle hold of the thug who held him over the …

2 Min Read
Float

“Shoes, sunshine, ships or shore Love me rich, love me poor.” It was a song her grandmother had taught her as a …

2 Min Read
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  ‘It’s hurting,’ mumbled the old man. He shuffled in the seat, closed his eyes to the fluorescent light above him. The …

3 Min Read
Jeremy Mankin

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JEREMY MANKIN? by DAVID SAFFORD Everyone in Whispering Harbor knew that Jeremy Mankin wasn’t fishing with the sharpest hook. …

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Annie sat at the bottom of the stairs looking at the back of the blue front door, the house still reverberating from …

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Ben sat uncomfortably on a lumpy chair in front of Mary, his company’s HR manager. “Ben, you need to tell your trainee …

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Waiting Man

As I approached my death I came upon a man seated On the stoop of the Doorway To the End of Life. …

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Leo lay languidly under the acacia tree, picking at the morsels of meat caught between his molars. He thought about nothing in …

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Rope

Posted by Grace N

The ringing phone was a premonition coming true. Jane had known to expect it when the storm began to lash the hills …

16 Min Read
Haunter Haunter

Meredith and Toby sat in abject terror on the chaise longue where they had, until this moment, been enthusiastically making out, staring …

3 Min Read
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Roo

Posted by Rob Wilcher

The evening had begun its descent into a sepia haze as they drove the dirt track through low sparse scrub. A red …

25 Min Read
Gift Part 4

A million doubts flooded his mind. He had never really contemplated his own death before. Sure, he knew he was going to …

16 Min Read
Eternals

The assembled gods declared, “The Mortals mock us! We must combine our eternal fluids and make a god so awesome they will …

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There is another test next week.  Mel slumped over her desk feeling the dread.  Then she remembered the rumours that had been …

5 Min Read
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‘Mum, I’m bored. Can we go to the shops?’ Corey’s mum held up her hand to shoosh him and told the Zoomed …

16 Min Read
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The stadium roars like a thunderbolt. So loud her chest vibrates. Are the heavens pulsating? Is it war out there, or just …

9 Min Read
Gift Part 3

Geoffrey walked along a narrow lane of boutique shops up to the main road. Two lanes of night time traffic swirled past, …

9 Min Read
Cycle of Life

Mum says being dead is like being asleep except you don’t wake up. Which is silly. I have a sleepover at Andy’s …

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It was a stormy Sunday night.   When the lightning bolts lit up the sky, they revealed an eerie landscape shrouded by …

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2 and 5

Hotel 25 – affectionately known as The Two and Five by its regular guests – was a squat boutique hotel hidden in …

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Alex’s hands were steady as he unlocked the door to the empty house. Inside, he stood totally still, listening to the silence. …

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Andrea sat at the large formal reception desk staring at her blood red nails and scrutinizing her cuticles. With the stark fluorescent …

10 Min Read
Gift Part 2

The sound of the crash ripped apart the hubbub of the pub. Geoffrey and others at the bar paused momentarily to realise …

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The blue sky was striking.  The fluffy white clouds resembled little bunnies waiting around for their mother.  Tom was nine.  He stopped …

9 Min Read
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  ‘I’m telling you, garbagemen can deal with anything. The smell of corpses, shit, rotten eggs. The worst stink in the world, …

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Winter One winter’s day at sunset, four sulphur-crested cockatoos landed on my fence – one bird for each of the seasons. It …

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Change

I was a slight kid, some say cheeky, but not one of the muscular kids. There was one kid, a couple of …

3 Min Read
The Fall

There is that one dazzling slo-mo moment, when the kick goes up and the ball ascends towards the heavens, and with it, …

3 Min Read
Storm

The white flash, then the savage crack of thunder, the flash again and the rain attacked the night. The storm had come. …

3 Min Read
Made Up

“Julianne, look what the cat dragged in. Over at Chanel,” said Suzanne, a coiffured blonde in charge of Lancôme. In front of …

3 Min Read
Pig in a Poke

An estimated five thousand people amassed in the plaza that day, some said more. Jess was one, masked, arm in arm with …

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Gift Part 1

Geoffrey was floating, high and joyous amidst the whirring fans and rafters of the pub, slowly revolving in his private heaven.  The …

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Bus 2

The brown squishy excrement slid down the bus window leaving a trail behind it, like a slug on a dewy morning. The …

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  Ilse cowers; her body trembles. All because she knows, immediately, who she has collided with while rounding the blitzed corner. Despite …

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SCHOOL The funeral for her mother over the weekend gave Matilda a chance to see her cousin Susan again.  They grew up …

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Elias’s cheeks were burning. He strode down the corridor, barely looking at his father walking beside him. The sound of the rain …

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The woman and the dog walked through the park. Viewed from afar, their various colours against the vibrant green of the spring …

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A Sense of Decorum

What to do. What a to do. First thing, get out of bed. This involves sitting upright on the edge, in the …

13 Min Read
500

TWO STORIES EACH AT 500 WORDS FOR EASY READING, by Rob Wilcher The Slave Five bedraggled slaves made their sorry way up …

5 Min Read
100 Words

MAY’S COLLECTION OF 100 WORD STORIES BY THE MOVING PEN AUTHORS *           *           *           *           *           *           *           * Century by Paul …

5 Min Read
Womn crying

Julie wrapped Ben’s uneaten dinner in tinfoil and placed it into the fridge with a sigh. She looked at last night’s dinner, …

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Cat

Mary sinks a ball into the hole on the practice green.  There are 30 minutes before her tee time.  She will be …

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You can’t bring her back you know. In the gloaming we queued, awaiting our deliverance from another week. The bus arrived just …

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In Training

Mike strained as he planked, trying to resist the pull of gravity on his belly as it pulled on his tensed abdomen. …

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  Deedee’s been losing weight. She stands and watches herself in the mirror. Runs her hand down the sides of her nightie …

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100 Words

APRIL’S COLLECTION OF 100 WORD STORIES BY THE MOVING PEN AUTHORS *           *           *           *           *           *           *           * Meeting by Rob …

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Just a few days into the swimming program of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the world was astonished to see the …

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Days and days and days and days have passed – years really – and yet people still look at him strangely when …

8 Min Read
Yum Cha on Sundays

Ring Ring.  Ring Ring.  The phone shrieks. “Don’t pick up the phone.”  Dad calls out. “Why?” I asked. “It’s grandma.  She is …

8 Min Read
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Howard Hodgson stopped at the entrance to a narrow lane off a strip of shops to check whether he had the correct …

20 Min Read
Couple

Aine scanned around the dimly lit hotel ballroom. The bejewelled curtain backdrop behind the empty top table sparkled under the glow of …

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Working

The packed beer garden buzzed with the sound of Friday evening revellers. Office workers keen to shake the formality of the week …

4 Min Read
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Fermanagh, Ireland, 1593.   The deluge washed every extremity of Hugh’s body while fresh mud camouflaged his legs to the thigh with …

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Meditation

Mike sat in the community hall and tossed up whether to tell the truth. It was shocking, he knew, that he was …

6 Min Read
Hound dog

Jett pressed play on the CD and You ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog rocked out across the empty rehearsal room. Normally …

8 Min Read
Beauty

O, this one was a beauty. A brilliant brazen mane, an enormous head, my god the power in those jaws as he …

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