Bakunawa could eat the moon, but it could not eat Mohammed bin Salman. Every night Manuela silently cried out to it from the fourth story apartment balcony of her employer’s home in Jakarta. But the great sea serpent did not listen. It could not hear her in Jakarta. It could not hear her son in […]
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I am thrilled to announce that Anna Yeatts will be my Co-Editor-in-Chief. I can’t think of anyone who loves the art and craft of flash more than Anna, nor someone more dedicated to Flash Fiction Online. Anna has published Flash Fiction Online since 2013, through whatever life, pandemics, and the universe threw her way—because that […]
“Did you know mayflies live only a day?” Helena asks.When I don’t reply, she continues, “And the Atlas moth emerges from its cocoon without a mouth—can’t feed or drink until its death. It’s funny, if you think about it.”We’re naked in a bed of moss-soft velvet, our hair twined together like tendrils of wisteria across […]
I was part of the sea, once. I was foam and coral and silvery fish scale, bundled into a tail and a torso with a voice like golden rain. My sisters sang sailors to their deaths and laughed while I collected curious pieces of flotsam. One day, I collected a still-breathing prince draped across a […]
The white lady of Irrigan is so named because one of her experiments bleached a lock of her hair. Her maids, affectionately, claim she is more badger than woman. It makes her smile, but they won’t say a word about the scar that runs down her chest.Irrigan now keeps the windows in her lab open […]
There is a lesson we are taught in childhood, the lesson of finding our purpose in life—as if purpose was fixed and finite. Unlike the generations who predate us, whose circumstances would dictate their choices and options, the 21st century offers an abundance of choices (for the lucky ones). In my twenties, I defaulted to the […]
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Time continues its march onward, and we continue our 100th issue countdown with the issues and stories we published in 2018Issue #52 was another New Year’s issue focused on the theme of change and the new phases of life that change brings about.Issue #53 featured stories that excelled in the art of prose and used […]