Cherrypicked stories

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For a while …

Her “will” was a “won’t” and her “won’t” was “I want”, but there’s safety in “don’t” and “No”, “Not now”, “Not anyhow” from loving parents with more...
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Story of the week

When Robert Left Helen

Chekhov, he reminded her, was dead at forty!
Cherry

Faces

We wear faces, until they wear us. Image created from PD components by author.
Cherry

The secrets we keep in the closet

I had successfully memorized the street corners to evade the anxiety of getting lost on my way back from the supermarket. Never mind that it took me...
Cherry

The Anthem of Decay: Prologue – The worship of graves

This is out of sequence with the previous posts, but will help to situate the ones posted.
Cherry

Biddies

Clinging hard to life with shrill knuckles of rosaries, in coats like bruises they prayed through pinched lips and plastic teeth. Hail Mary . The...
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Cherry

Song of the Frankengale

'Truly' said Dr W, stroking the Frankengale's breast, 'a wonder of our science.'
Cherry

WebWorld (1.13)

Well, I guess you know this is not the story of how I was jumped and killed – and eaten – by some gum-horror leaping out of the web. It was close...
Cherry

WebWorld (1.12)

Okay, not night exactly. Tail-end dusk with just touches of grey and red and turquoise still soaking into the air. There’s that thing isn’t there,...
Cherry

School Day Memories

'Konichi-wa, serving lady-san'
Cherry

The Cellist /Adolphina

THE CELLIST @paulbarrellbooks Am I destined to be alone in my beloved ‘City of Light’? I do not speak these words; they are mere thoughts circling in...
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A Bad Sport

A Bad Sport Yi should see the motors in the car park – thirs a Bentley, a Porsche and an Aston Martin. Am sittin’ on the wee knee-high wall opposite...
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WebWorld (1.11)

Getting the hell out was well and good. But we needed a plan. And since I’d been thinking about this pretty solidly for weeks on end, I’d started to...
Cherry

Monday Morning in the Rain

Summer slow day and smiles are hard to give, where nothing is said or done. We cannot find new ways to triumph, where joy is staring at us as if an...
Cherry

A Flag of Convenience

...and an unpaid bill. (Flash fiction - 475 words)
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Cherry
Story of the week

WebWorld (1.10)

The air-drops came. And then the air-drops stopped coming. I used to like this apartment for its view. That view went sideways during the apocalypse...
Cherry

Maria's Diary 33

Chapter 33 What happened to Yeh after the war Both Man and Time have power O'er suffering, dying men; But Death arrives, and in that hour The soul is...
Cherry

Disenchantment 34

***** It was hot out, so horrifically hot, and he was sweating. The discomfort reached a level that started to pull him out of the fog, out of the...
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