Dave the Terrible never wanted the unholy scepter, but you couldn’t refuse your mother’s dying wish. He hefted the gilt scepter from his nightstand each morning and used it to gaze upon the past and the present and sometimes even the future. It had come with a mist-cloaked fortress in the mountains that had a […]
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This month’s issue explores the realms often left unseen, those emotional spaces we tend to tuck out of sight. We’ve delved into the messy complexity of life – grief, depression, anxiety, fear, loneliness, and loss. Life is seldom tidy, and arguably, the most compelling fiction is that which lifts the veil to expose what lies […]
In Sesara, only the rich wear bright colours. My knight shines in the armour I buff for him nightly, glossy as a jewel. My clothes and skin are the colours of the earth. We stand together with two days of desert at our backs and a forest of black thorns before us. My heart is […]
I was a guest in the palatial country cottage of a Russian Countess while certain financial puzzles were being teased apart in London. A simple rest cure for overtaxed nerves necessitated that I force myself to swallow prescriptions of sea air, the Bolshoi Ballet, and breakfasts in bed of poached Fabergé eggs. And yet this […]
As Sava approached the dais, her heart felt like a hummingbird caged behind her ribs. Her palms were slick with sweat, but she dared not wipe them on the sunshine-yellow robes she had hemmed so carefully this very morning. Her teacher’s last words of advice echoed and blended with those of her grandmother: You must […]
They walk a safe distance apart, the woman who will become a tiger and the lover she will devour, a distance that to outward eyes appears wholly lacking in suspicion. She often feels a strange unease when walking through a city park, those patches of manicured green set among the gallant, tiered facades of Georgian […]
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Take a look back with us at the stories that made Flash Fiction Online in 2016!We kicked off the year with Issue#28 and four thought-provoking stories to challenge your perceptions, including a fantasy tale by six-time FFO-published Kelly Sandoval.February’s Issue #29 turned once again to stories of the heart, while Issue #30 peered closer at the strange and unreal, […]