Category: 300-Words

A Family Matter

“Hard Knocks?”  Randy didn’t sound impressed.  “I’m in trouble and you take me to a dive bar?” “I have it on good authority that the folks here can help.” “Whose authority?” Why was he being difficult?  “You don’t want to know.”  I opened the door and gestured for him to enter. He crossed his arms…

Courage

Hard abs, glistening with sweat, Andy swung the axe.  He was chopping wood all day. Ruth fanned herself as she sipped her vodka.  She had been watching him from her kitchen window all morning, enjoying delicious thoughts about the many ways she could get him sweaty. She hated to admit it, but she didn’t stand…

The Funeral

“Hard to believe it’s been twenty years since you walked out on me.” The voice startled Shane, who was kneeling in front of the casket. Shane winced.  He wasn’t prepared for Maggie.  “It wasn’t like that.” “What was it like?”  Maggie wasn’t one to let things go. “I didn’t expect to see you.”  He blurted…

It’s A Girl

Waves of pain rippled through my body.  It was worse than I imagined.  What was I thinking, getting pregnant?  It was destined to end in pain. To be fair, my birth plan involved drugs and a sterile hospital.  I hadn’t anticipated giving birth during a Finnair flight. Would my baby be American or Finnish? The…

The Night Bear

Waves of nausea rippled through my body, but I valiantly controlled the urge to vomit.  It was my first day on the homicide beat, and I wasn’t about to embarrass myself in front of the veteran police detectives and paramedics on the scene. I saw Detective Ryan, and waved. “Amber, a moment?” She looked at…